Jesse Winchester – Humour Me (1988/1993)

Posted by Green on August 3, 2020as

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He mixed elements of folk, rock, country, R&B, and gospel on the songs, employing a first-rate backup group featuring new grass stars Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Mark O’Connor, plus saxophonist Jim Horn. These pros were able match Winchester’s forays into light gospel (“Let’s Make a Baby King”) and R&B (“Well-A-Wiggy,” which had been a hit for the Weather Girls), as well as the straightforward romantic pop songs that made up the bulk of the record. Humour Me lacked the depth of Winchester’s best work, but it was easily on a par with his substantial body of craftsmanlike music of the mid-’70s. His voice remained warm and supple, so that his own versions of the songs were effective, and the album also served as a demo for other singers in search of good pop material.

Tracklist:

01. If I Were Free
02. Thanks To You
03. They Just Can’t Help Themselves
04. Too Weak to Say Goodbye
05. Let’s Make A Baby King
06. Well-A-Wiggy
07. I Don’t Think You Love Me Anymore
08. Willow
09. Humour Me
10. I Want to Mean Something To You
11. Pushover
12. Love Is Fair

Line-up:
Acoustic Guitar – Russ Barenberg
Acoustic Guitar, Guitar – Bruce Watkins
Arco Bass – Edgar Meyer
Banjo – Bela Fleck
Bass – David Pomeroy
Dobro – Jerry Douglas
Drums – Steve Turner (8)
Electric Guitar – Bruce Dees
Harmonica – Phil Gazell
Keyboards – Bobby Ogdin
Mandolin – Sam Bush
Percussion – Kenny Malone
Saxophone – Jim Horn
Violin – Mark O’Connor
Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Producer – Jesse Winchester

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