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Jesse Dayton Bloodies Up for Housecore Horror
Austin rocker-turned-director talks 'Zombex,' Zombie, and Corman
DAILY Screens  October 26, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...John Doe from X is working the bar. Out in the corridor, eyes on the monitor, is local roots rocker-turned-film director Jesse Dayton..."

Jesse Dayton Walks With a 'Zombex'
First trailer for musician's directorial debut
DAILY Screens  May 20, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...It seems like we've been waiting for years for the first footage from Zombex, the undead horror from local rockabilly transplant Jesse Dayton. Actually, it has been years, but now it's time for some flesh-rending fun...."

Jesse Dayton Reviewed
Music Review  September 28, 2001, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Jesse DaytonHey NashVegas! (Stag)..."

Jesse Dayton & Brennen Leigh Reviewed
Music Story  November 23, 2007, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Jesse Dayton & Brennen Leigh"Holdin' Our Own" and Other Country Gold Duets (Stag)..."

Two of a Kind
Jesse Dayton & Brennen Leigh, Austin's new George and Tammy coupling, more or less
Music Story  November 23, 2007, by Doug Freeman
"...Brennen Leigh has a shotgun leveled at Jesse Dayton's head. Inside the rusting heap of a trailer, Dayton is still asleep, sprawled, hung over, beside a young brunette..."

Mighty Fine
Dixiecrat Jesse Dayton ain't banging his head against a wall
Music Story  December 24, 2004, by Christopher Gray
"...Without even realizing it, most people have a stock word or phrase they use to punctuate conversational pauses. Know what I mean? With Jesse Dayton, over a Lone Star at Ego's, there's a "know what I mean?" nearly every other sentence..."

Calling the Shots
Jesse Dayton is finally an Austin musician again after years of only being mistaken for one
Music Story  September 28, 2001, by Jerry Renshaw
"...How many Texas musicians can say, though, that their granddad was a Beaumont fire chief who used to hang around with Bonnie and Clyde when they'd breeze through town? Or that their dad went to high school with George Jones? Jesse Dayton can lay claim to both, and you can't get much more (East) Texas than that...."

More Gore From Housecore Horror
New film fest adds more classics plus a locally lensed premiere
DAILY Screens  September 5, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...With NoLa metal master Phil Anselmo and Texas true crime writer Corey Mitchell cracking the whip at the new Housecore Horror Film Festival, it's no shocker that the Louisiana-set, Austin-filmed debut from Jesse Dayton, post-Katrina revanant mutilator Zombex, is part of today's new list of features for the new fest...."

Full-Gore Press
Mind the viscera: Austin's horror filmmaking scene is exploding
Screens Story  December 23, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...While Zack Carlson and Bryan Connolly's much-discussed seriocomic vampire opus Destroy continues to wait on financing (Michael Stephenson, of Best Worst Movie, is slated to helm), other current or forthcoming Austin horror productions include Lindsey Alloway's Postmodern Undead, now in preproduction; Ain't It Cool News alum and screenwriter C. Robert Cargill's already-wrapped Sinister, starring Ethan Hawke and Vincent D'Onofrio and slated for an August 2012 release from Summit Entertainment; Jesse Dayton's directorial debut, Zombex, featuring Malcolm McDowell and Sid Haig; a big-screen adaptation of author/Masters of Horror screenwriter Stephen Romano's new novel, Black Light, to be produced and/or directed by co-writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan of Saw infamy, as well as producer Michael De Luna; the locally shot comic-book adaptation Bad Kids Go to Hell from Matthew Spradlin and Barry Wernick; a potential 13-episode series based on Brian McGreevy's buzzed-about forthcoming genre novel Hemlock Grove, to be adapted by McGreevy and longtime writing partner Lee Shipman for Netflix and Gaumont International Television (with Eli Roth set to direct and produce, no less); and a series of horror scripts from Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission producer Brady Dial, progenitor of Were-Bot Productions..."

Planet Rock
Austin, Texas, SXSW 2005
Music Story  March 25, 2005, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Jesse Dayton..."

Jesse Dayton
Music Review  November 30, 2012, by Kevin Curtin
"...Jesse DaytonJesse Sings Kinky (Stag Records)..."

Film News
Local singer-songwriter Jesse Dayton tries on a new role as a psychobilly vampire in Rob Zombie's Halloween II; plus news on Gary Kent, the TXMPA, and Turk Pipkin
Screens Column  July 3, 2009, by Joe O'Connell
"...Horror Stories Scare Up Fun for Dayton, Kent..."

Friday SXSW Picks
Music Story  March 17, 2016
"...Jesse Dayton12mid, Continental Club Single-handedly keeping outlaw country alive at a time when Shooter Jennings was still in high school, Jesse Dayton spent part of the past year subbing for Billy Zoom in X as he battled cancer. Both actor and soundtracker for Rob Zombie (Halloween II), Dayton wrote and directed 2013's gory Zombex..."

Off the Record
Fun facts from the Festivus for the rest of us
Music Column  November 6, 2009, by Austin Powell
"...Only a grave digger's jacket and top hat separate Jesse Dayton from Captain Clegg, the rockabilly fiend he plays in Rob Zombie's Halloween II (see "Off the Record," Aug. 28)..."

Off the Record
Jesse Dayton walks with a Zombie, while T Bird & the Breaks spice things up for the annual Hot Sauce Festival
Music Column  August 28, 2009, by Austin Powell
"..."I never thought in a million years I'd end up in Fangoria magazine," chuckles Jesse Dayton from a truck stop. The local honky-tonk hero never expected to be featured on a segment of CNN's Headline News either, but Rob Zombie changed all that..."

John Doe Moves to Austin
X’s “man of the world” contemplates life in Big Boys country
DAILY Music  February 9, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...AC: Jesse Dayton, who’s been subbing for Billy Zoom in recent years, lives in Austin too. He’s one of your friends in town?..."

99 Austin Acts at SXSW Music
Support the home team!
Music Story  March 8, 2018
"...candidate Deirdre Smith. – Dan Gentile Jesse Dayton..."

Friday Picks & Sleepers
TGIFriday of SXSW, blurb by blurb
Music Story  March 14, 2014
"...Her project with Mike Montgomery revels in simplicity, touting a spare, voice-guitar-keys formula that works well with her demure growl. The Dayton duo is joined by drummer Kristian Svitak for SXSW. Abby Johnston The Wanton Bishops..."

Off the Record
Johnny Depp hits the Continental Club; Eric Johnson crashes the Texas Music Hall of Fame
Music Column  October 28, 2011, by Austin Powell
"..."Stay tuned for the release of the most disturbing R-rated zombie movie since 28 Days Later," writes local honky-tonk stalwart Jesse Dayton from Los Angeles, where he's editing Zombex, his debut feature film, with horror legend Ed Marx. The pharmaceutical horror romp stars Malcolm McDowell, Sid Haig, and Corey Feldman, with cameos from John Doe and Fun Fun Fun Fest headliner Tom Araya of Slayer..."

Off the Record
White Denim powers up on the road, Chaos in Tejas keeps home fires burning, and more
Music Column  June 3, 2011, by Austin Powell
"...OTR walked on the set of Zombex, Jesse Dayton's debut film, last Tuesday at just the right moment: a burlesque sequence to the tune of the Sonics' version of "Have Love, Will Travel" on the Mohawk indoor stage. X guitarist John Doe helped set the scene..."

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