(NASHVILLE SKYLINE is a column by CMT/CMT.com Editorial Director Chet Flippo.)
Attention: lovers of great
songwriting. Not just of good songwriting. And especially not of songwriting by three or four or five co-writers scribbling
on an assembly-line-cobbled-together truck song or beer song for the country radio monster. I mean real songs that are destined
to be hall of famers and songs that will live for the ages.
There’s a tribute album of such songs now available on
iTunes. It pays honor to singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester. That
may be a name you’re not familiar with. But Jesse has written some of the best — not necessarily best-known — but best songs
in recent memory. The album is titled Quiet About It: A Tribute to Jesse Winchester.
Winchester, who was born
in Bossier City, La., gained some notoriety during the Vietnam War — when the mandatory military draft was still