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Jesse Winchester is the stage name of James Ridout Winchester (born May 17, 1944 in Shreveport, Louisiana)
Winchester was raised in Memphis, Tennessee, and attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, graduating in 1966. Upon receiving his draft notice in 1967, Winchester moved to Montreal, Quebec in protest against the Vietnam War. He became a Canadian citizen in 1973.
Winchester has recorded sporadically on several labels since 1970. Unable to tour in the U.S. until the 1977 Carter amnesty, he has become best known for his excellent songwriting, despite being an equally accomplished singer and guitar player.
His songs include "Yankee Lady", "Rhumba Man", "The Brand New Tennessee Waltz", "Mississippi, You're on My Mind", "Defying Gravity", "Freewheeler" and "Biloxi." They have been recorded by many artists including Patti Page, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, Jerry Jeff Walker, Wilson Pickett, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Reba McEntire?, David Ball, Bonnie Raitt, Everly Brothers...