His songs have been covered wonderfully from Lyle Lovett, Rosanne Cash and Jimmy Buffett, to Reba McIntyre, Elvis Costello and Lucinda Williams. Take a story of loss and longing, bring it down to the simplest terms, add in subtle yet descriptive lyrics and you end up with the purity of a Jesse Winchester song.
A few years ago, Jesse was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. A few friends, headed by Jimmy Buffett and Elvis Costello, got together to record an album of Jesse's music called Quiet About It. It's wonderful.
Here are a couple of tunes, both by Jesse and some of his friends.
Rosanne Cash " Biloxi"
Little Feat "Rhumba Man"
Jesse Winchester "Mississippi You're On My Mind"
Take a listen. Enjoy the melodies, enjoy the singing, but mostly enjoy the stories.
Easy journey Jesse.