Jesse Winchester 1944-2014
April 20, 2014 2:13 PM Subscribe
Singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester
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passed away at his Virginia home on April 11 after a battle with cancer. Born and raised in the US South, Winchester brought his incredible talents
north to Quebec's Eastern Townships
in 1967 as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War.
He wrote and sang about his choice in 1977's Nothing But a Breeze
: “Me I want to live with my feet in Dixie and my head in the cool blue north.”
Winchester boasted that he was the fifth cousin of Robert E. Lee and that his father served in the second World War but he chose instead to renounce his family's militaristic tradition and "spend his time gardening". Despite having been pardoned in 1977 by President Jimmy Carter, Jesse remained in his adopted home for many more years, before settling in Virginia in 2002.
I Wave Bye-Bye
Brand New Tennessee Waltz