Quiet About It: A Tribute To Jesse Winchester

Quiet About It: A Tribute To Jesse Winchester

     
 

To many, Jesse Winchester is still best known for his ideals rather than his music -- in 1967, rather than join the military and fight in Vietnam, he emigrated to Canada, and spent most of the '70s as an exile of conscience. If Winchester had been a protest singer in the manner of Phil Ochs, this might have made him a hero, but his songsSee more details below

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To many, Jesse Winchester is still best known for his ideals rather than his music -- in 1967, rather than join the military and fight in Vietnam, he emigrated to Canada, and spent most of the '70s as an exile of conscience. If Winchester had been a protest singer in the manner of Phil Ochs, this might have made him a hero, but his songs rarely reflected his political views, and instead were compact, painterly meditations on life in the South and the mysteries of life and love (though his physical and emotional distance from his birthplace in Memphis certainly provided a powerful subtext to his music of the '70s). If Winchester's music never quite clicked with a mass audience due to his inability to tour the United States during the '70s or the shifting tides of popular taste, he's long been a favorite among his fellow songwriters, and 11 noted performers interpret some of Winchester's best songs on Quiet About It: A Tribute to Jesse Winchester. Quiet About It is that rare tribute album that gives each artist room to find their own musical personality in these songs, while the 11 tracks still cohere into a whole that reveals the depth and lyricism of Winchester's work. This hardly represents every worthwhile tune in his songbook, but the 11 here are all winners, and the songs bring out the best in the artists. Lyle Lovett (who was clearly influenced by Winchester's vocal style) finds every bit of sad beauty in "Brand New Tennessee Waltz," Vince Gill brings just the right swagger to "Talk Memphis," Allen Toussaint's version of "I Wave Bye Bye" is lovely and heartfelt, Lucinda Williams is all rough-hewn grace on "Mississippi You're On My Mind," and Elvis Costello's lo-fi take on "Quiet About It" is stylistically bold but true to the song's nature. James Taylor gives one of his best and liveliest performances in ages with his cocksure version of "Payday," and Jimmy Buffett (who spearheaded the project) reminds us that he was a gifted singer before he discovered how well singing about aquatic alcoholism could pay with a sharp take on "Gentleman of Leisure." Quiet About It came about when Winchester revealed he'd been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, and the artists involved banded together as a show of support (and to generate some songwriting royalties); thankfully, by the time the album appeared, Winchester was in remission, and this splendid celebration of an underappreciated talent arrived while the man who inspired it is still around to take a bow. If you don't know Winchester's work, Quiet About It is a sure convincer of his talents as a songwriter, and if you're a fan, you'll revel in some top-notch interpretations of his songs. Either way, Quiet About It is a must, and one of the finest tribute albums of recent memory.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2012
Label:
Mailboat Records
UPC:
0698268700017
catalogNumber:
7000
Rank:
35657

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rosanne Cash   Vocals
Rodney Crowell   Guitar,Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Anderson   Background Vocals
Jimmy Buffett   Vocals
Elvis Costello   Bass,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Piano (Grand)
Lyle Lovett   Guitar,Vocals
James Taylor   Guitar,Vocals
Lucinda Williams   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Chad Wackerman   Drums
Paul Barrére   Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
Sonny Landreth   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Brian Ahern   Bass
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
Luke Bulla   Fiddle,Vocal Harmony
Vince Gill   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Wally Ingram   Percussion
Viktor Krauss   Bass
Russ Kunkel   Drums
John Leventhal   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Mac McAnally   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Greg Morrow   Drums
David Sutton   Bass
Shane Theriot   Guitar
Allen Toussaint   Piano,Vocals
Craig Fuller   Vocals
Tony Harrel   Keyboards
RIck DePofi   Horn
Doug Pettibone   Electric Guitar
Keith Sewell   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Butch Norton   Drums
Jenny Gill   Background Vocals
Jimmy Johnson   Bass
Tom Lauer   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Sam Bush   Engineer
Jimmy Buffett   Executive Producer
Elvis Costello   Producer
Little Feat   Engineer
Lyle Lovett   Producer
Paul Barrére   Producer
Howard Burke   Engineer
Larry Campbell   Engineer
Donivan Cowart   Engineer
Jim DeMain   Mastering
Nathaniel Kunkel   Producer,Engineer
John Leventhal   Producer,Engineer
Mac McAnally   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Dave O'Donnell   Producer,Engineer
Bill Payne   Producer
Allen Toussaint   Producer
Craig Fuller   Engineer
Drew Emmitt   Engineer
Drew Bollman   Engineer
Bill Flanagan   Liner Notes
Eric Liljestrand   Producer,Engineer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
RIck DePofi   Engineer
Teresa Williams   Engineer
Tom Overby   Producer
Paul Silveira   Engineer
Gary Bowden   Engineer
Luis A. Rojas   Engineer
Matt Rausch   Engineer

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