Jesse Winchester is a folksinger known for tunes such as "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 people like 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 and Brewer & Shipley.
According to Wikipedia and Baton Rouge concert producer Johnny Palazotto, Winchester was born in Shreveport.
Winchester was part of the 70's Bearsville Records scene that included the Band, Paul Butterfield and Dylan. After taking up residence in Canada, Winchester became a rather quiet legend, writing cool songs, quietly releasing albums and focusing on tune smithing. Palazotto says Winchester gives an animated, affecting show; he compares him to Lyle Lovett.
Buddy Flett, of A Train and the Bluebirds, was also born in Shreveport. Buddy's star is currently rising. Bruce Flett says, "the Bluebirds’ Buddy Flett Performed in Los Angeles for NAMM Convention with Kenny Wayne Shepherd January 18, 19,and 20.
Buddy was featured with Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Double Trouble(Stevie Ray Vaughan’s band), Blues Legend Hubert Sumlin, and Bryan Lee. Bud sang and played slide guitar on "Blues in a Honky Tonk Key", "Dance for Me Girl" and "Dust My Broom".
Flett is on a new DVD/CD that's getting national press: "Jan 23 is the release date of the DVD “10 Days Out: Blues on the Backroads” starring Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Double Trouble and featuring B B King, Gatemouth Brown, Buddy Flett and other blues stars. Buddy and Kenny were filmed playing acoustic guitars at Lead Belly’s grave near Mooringsport, Louisiana, performing “Blues in a Honky Tonk Key” from the Bluebirds’ Swamp Stomp CD. "Ten Days Out" will be aired on PBS tv and available from Warner Bros. Recordings."
The Winchester/Flett show at LSUS Theater is Fri, Feb 2, at 8 pm.
Tickets at the door. See you there.