Jesse Winchester - Rj Cowdery opens at the me & thee coffeehouse
Jesse Winchester was the music world's most prominent Vietnam War draft evader, though his renown came from a body of wry, closely observed songs. After growing up in Memphis, Winchester received his draft notice in 1967 and moved to Montreal, Canada, rather than serve in the military. In 1969, he met Robbie Robertson of the Band, who helped launch his recording career. In the same way that James Taylor's history of mental instability and drug abuse served as a subtext for his early music, Winchester's exile lent real-life poignancy to songs like "Yankee Lady," which appeared on his debut album, Jesse Winchester (1970). He became a Canadian citizen in 1973.
Despite critical acclaim, his inability to tour in the U.S. prevented him from taking his place among the major singer/songwriters of the early '70s, but he made a series of impressive albums -- Third Down, 110 to Go (August 1972), Learn to Love It (August 1974), Let the Rough Side Drag (June 1976), and Nothing But a Breeze (March 1977) -- before President Jimmy Carter instituted an amnesty that finally allowed him to play in his homeland. By that time, the singer/songwriter boom had passed, though Winchester continued to record (A Touch on the Rainy Side [July 1978], Talk Memphis [February 1981], Humour Me ) and even scored a Top 40 hit with "Say What" in 1981.
His most prominently covered songs include "Yankee Lady" (Brewer & Shipley), "The Brand New Tennessee Waltz" (Joan Baez, Ian Matthews), "Biloxi" (Tom Rush, Jimmy Buffett), "Mississippi, You're on My Mind" (Jerry Jeff Walker, Stoney Edwards [for a Top 40 country hit]), "Defying Gravity" (Jimmy Buffett, Emmylou Harris), "Rhumba Girl" (Nicolette Larson [for a pop chart entry]), "Well-A-Wiggy" (the Weather Girls [for an R&B chart entry]), and "I'm Gonna Miss You, Girl" (Michael Martin Murphey [for a Top Ten country hit]). In 1999, Winchester returned from a long recording hiatus with the new album Gentleman of Leisure. An active live performer, Winchester released his first live album in 24 years with 2001's Jesse Winchester Live at Mountain Stage. Another live album, simply titled Live, followed in 2005. A new studio album, Love Filling Station, was released on Appleseed Recordings in 2009. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
Always a late bloomer, in a time when most folks are thinking about retirement, Ohio native Rj Cowdery found the nerve to change her life. After years of working in health care and writing on the side, she decided to focus more on making music her career. Rj's been making up for lost time ever since, racking up major songwriting awards and impressing fans with her performances at venues across the country.
Her new release IN THIS LIGHT on Blue Rock Artists label is a collection of 11 intimate songs that highlight the warm resonance of Rj's voice. This vocal and acoustic guitar-driven album illustrates how Rj draws you in deeper with each songlike a secret that you've just been given privy to.
"IN THIS LIGHT" was produced by veteran Billy Crockett (Cliff Eberhardt, Beth Wood, Grace Pettis) and recorded at Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio in Wimberely, Texas with a stellar cast of musicians; Cindy Cashdollar (Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Asleep At The Wheel), Billy Crockett ,Chris Maresh, Rick Richards, and Dirje Smith. Featuring special appearances by Pierce Pettis, Kim Richardson, & Jonathan Byrd.
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