Legendary country/folk singer/songwriter Jesse Winchester was one month shy of his 70th birthday when bladder cancer claimed his life in April. Over the course of a career that spanned four decades and dozens of albums, Winchester crafted a musical legacy that will never be forgotten. In fact, 2009’s “Love Filling Station” was one of the highlights on his impressive resume.
The cancer first occurred in 2011 and Winchester was able to beat back the disease. While the cancer was in remission, he recorded the 12 songs that became posthumous release “A Reasonable Amount of Trouble.” It’s a fitting coda to his career.
Comprised of nine originals and three cover tunes, “A Reasonable Amount of Trouble” is the work of a man who celebrated and embraced life until the very end. Highlights abound, including originals “All That We Have Now,” “Neither Here Nor There,” “Never Forget to Boogie,” “Don’t Be Shy” and gut-wrenching closer “Just So Much.” Among the cover tunes, “Rhythm of the Rain” and “Devil or Angel” are the ones you’ll remember. Jesse Winchester will be missed. (Jeffrey Sisk)