Born in Louisiana and raised in Tennessee, Winchester developed his musical talent while living in Montreal. He often played at a hotel in Morin Heights, Que., run by several Tennessee transplants during the 1970s.
Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter granted him amnesty in the late 1970s, allowing Winchester to return to his home country to tour. However, the accomplished and revered country, roots and folk musician only moved back to the United States in 2002, after spending many years in Canada.
According to his official Facebook page, he had been receiving hospice care at his home in Virginia. He had previously battled cancer of the esophagus.
Last month, he cancelled several tour dates due to illness.
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