The renegade Mississippi songwriter crossed the Canadian border to escape the draft and was promptly discovered by the great Canadian, Robbie Robertson. This debut album, recorded by Todd Rundgren, produced by Robertson, features a great back-up band (including David Rea) and an ultra natural feeling. But it is the great songs, one after another, delivered by the vulnerable, haunting Winchester tenor that really hits you.
Who cares what else he recorded - Biloxi, Tennessee Waltz, Thats the Touch I Like, Yankee Lady - I mean, good God, this is a fabulous record. I wish Bob Dylan made a record this good in 1970, that's all I have to say. Not as good as the Band's second or even first album, but damned close. This is no period peace - it is one of the best records of that year. No kidding -buy it before it goes out of print again.