Jesse Winchester | A Reasonable Amount of Trouble

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A Reasonable Amount of Trouble

by Jesse Winchester

The final, Grammy nominated studio album by the recently deceased hit-writing country folk singer-songwriter with the universal touch; “You can’t talk about the best songwriters and not include him.” – Bob Dylan
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. All That We Have Is Now
2:22 album only
2. She Makes It Easy Now
2:59 album only
3. Neither Here nor There
3:55 album only
4. Rhythm of the Rain
2:51 album only
5. A Little Louisiana
2:55 album only
6. Ghosts
4:41 album only
7. Never Forget to Boogie
4:01 album only
8. Devil or Angel
3:13 album only
9. Don't Be Shy
3:47 album only
10. Every Day I Get the Blues
4:33 album only
11. Whispering Bells
2:39 album only
12. Just so Much
4:20 album only


Album Notes
When the Southern singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester passed away in April 2014, a few weeks shy of his 70th birthday, he left behind a legacy of distinctively insightful, gentle, frequently humorous songs about everyday people and their lives that became hits for other performers while he painstakingly crafted new classics to share.

His final studio CD, "A Reasonable Amount of Trouble," and its closing song, "Just So Much," have been nominated for 2015 Grammy Awards in the "Best Folk Album" and "Best American Roots Song" categories, respectively.

"A Reasonable Amount of Trouble’s" twelve songs include nine Winchester originals written and recorded in his two-year remission from the cancer that eventually returned and claimed him. The new CD contains Jesse’s usual quota of understated, wry and thoughtful songs of life’s transient pleasures (“All That We Have Is Now”), tongue-in-cheek rockers (“Never Forget to Boogie”), and his uneasy peace with his — and everyone’s — eventual fate (the heartwrenching “Just So Much”). "A Reasonable Amount of Trouble" is tinged with an awareness of mortality but not a drop of self-pity, just unforgettable new compositions plus versions of the sweet oldies he enjoyed so much (“Rhythm of the Rain,” “Devil or Angel,” and “Whispering Bells”).

The new CD was produced by Mac McAnally, who also plays lead guitar (and has performed both functions for Jimmy Buffett, among others, for years). Jesse plays acoustic guitar and keyboard and sings in his uniquely weightless tenor, there’s an attuned rhythm section, and guest appearances by “newgrass” country Grammy winner Jerry Douglas on lap steel and legendary saxophonist Jim Horn, among others. Liner notes are provided by Buffett, an ardent Jesse fan.

In his four-decade career, Winchester had previously recorded ten studio albums (and several live releases), including his 2009 Appleseed debut, "Love Filling Station," which sparked a career renaissance for Jesse.

Although never a household name, Jesse’s soulful songs were universal enough to provide pop, country and R&B hits for The Mavericks (“O What a Thrill”), Nicolette Larson (“Rhumba Girl”), the Weather Girls (“Well-a-Wiggy”), Michael Martin Murphey (“I’m Gonna Miss You Girl), and even had his own Top 40 hit with “Say What” in 1981. His compositions have also been recorded by everyone from Costello and Buffett to Wynonna Judd and Wilson Pickett.



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