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Jesse Dayton

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Not since Doug Sahm has an artist so naturally encompassed the diversity of Texas' musical heritage as Jesse Dayton. It's fitting, then, that Sahm and fellow Texas Tornado Flaco Jimenez joined Dayton on his 1995 solo debut, Raisin' Cain. Born in Beaumont, Dayton's early exposure to classic honky-tonk and Lone Star blues melded with the more contemporary rock and punk influences of his teens, leading to the formation of Dayton's hard-driving rockabilly band, the Road Kings, in the late Eighties with Eric Tucker and Jason Burns and, in the early Nineties, the sound of the Alamo Jets. While Raisin' Cain climbed to No. 1 on the Americana charts, the follow-up was stalled by its label, Justice, so the songwriter moved to L.A. and reformed the Road Kings. He returned to Austin in 2000, releasing Tall Texas Tales on his own Bullet imprint, which led to him founding the Stag label for subsequent releases. Following 2001's Hey NashVegas!, Dayton's diverse influences were brought to the fore with Country Soul Brother in 2004. The following year, Dayton was commissioned by Rob Zombie to write and record songs for the film The Devil's Rejects, later released as Banjo & Sullivan: The Ultimate Collection 1972-1978. In 2006, Dayton released South Austin Sessions and, in 2007, the country duet album Holdin' Our Own with Brennen Leigh. – Doug Freeman
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"Jesse pays respect to the country tradition while forging ahead with a sound that adds blues and rock to the mix. With a sweet-honey voice and blade-sharp guitar licks, Jesse's songs and delivery ring with authenticity. " more
07/16/16 @ Continental Club
John Doe, Jesse Dayton

In this corner, L.A. punk pioneer John Doe, fresh off his new literary peek at the history he helped create. When not still wrapping diamond-hard punkabilly blasts with street poetry in X, the guitarist remains a hard-touring roots troubadour. In the other corner, second-generation country outlaw Jesse Dayton, occasional horror auteur and Doe’s lead guitarist in spare moments. He opens, then joins his boss for a double shot of grit.

01/23/15 @ Continental Club
John Doe, Jesse Dayton

With pioneering L.A. punk rock band X, Baltimore native John Doe and then-wife/co-vocalist Exene Cervenka forged a California noir songwriting ethic to Billy Zoom’s speed demon rockabilly guitar heroism. X still play their classics to adoring audiences across America annually, but Doe makes time to swap a bass for a six-string and forge a solo identity as a rock & roll Harry Dean Stanton, folding that post-Bukowski songwriting into rootsier turf.

06/19/13 @ Holy Mountain
Jesse Dayton, Shinyribs

Honky-tonk horror meister teams with the Gourds offshoot for Texas Two-Step Hump Day Hoedown. Mayeux & Broussard, too.

10/19/12 @ Cactus Cafe
Kinky Friedman & Jesse Dayton
Obama/Biden (urban) or Friedman/Dayton (Dixie-fried): your choice.
04/12/12 @ Broken Spoke
Jesse Dayton
Honky-tonk birthday and b-day weekend kickoff for Spoke owner James White.
08/12/10 @ Continental Club
Buck Owens Birthday Bash
Rosie Flores, Jesse Dayton, Graham Reynolds, and a host of others grab a tiger by the tail.
08/12/08 @ Continental Club
Buck Owens Memorial Birthday Bash
Jesse Dayton, Billy Dee, Mary Cutrufello, and many more benefit the Center for Child Protection.
04/05/08 @ Trophy's CLOSED
Lonestar Rod & Kustom Round Up
06/28/07 @ Broken Spoke
Jesse Dayton
His version of “I’m at Home Getting Hammered (While She’s Out Getting Nailed)” should be a state song.
08/12/04 @ Continental Club
Buck Owens' Birthday Bash
The Bakersfield honky-tonk pioneer and Hee Haw hero turns 74 Thursday, and for the 13th year in a row, Casper Rawls and Tom Lewis celebrate his birth. With an illustrious house band featuring Rawls, Lewis, Kevin Owen, and Dave Carroll, as well as Jesse Dayton, the Derailers, D.B. Harris, original Buckaroo Doyle Holly, and a slew of musicians from across the nation performing, this year will set candles aflame with smokin’ honky-tonk and cruisin’ vocals. The $15 cover benefits the Children’s Advocacy Center of Travis County. 8pm.
02/28/04 @ Flamingo Cantina
Johnny Cash Tribute
That train keeps a-rollin’, and rolling out of San Antone is Alamo City psychobilly label Hairball8’s 18-song Dear Johnny: A Tribute to Johnny Cash, due March 9 but available at Satur-day’s release shindig. Getting rhythm are locals and Dear Johnny contributors Jesse Dayton and Stevie Tombstone, Albuquerque’s 12-Step Rebels, the Coffin Creeps, and Livends, all offering amped-up takes on why the Man in Black sang the blues. 8pm.
Last Updated: August 30, 2007

Genre: Country/Bluegrass and Singer-Songwriter/Folk
Full Discography:
Raisin' Cain
Justice (1995)
Tall Texas Tales
Bullet Records (2000)
Hey NashVegas!
Stag (2001)
Country Soul Brother
Stag (2004)
South Austin Sessions
Stag (2006)
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Jesse Dayton and Brennen Leigh are holdin' their own