Jesse Dayton, Country Soul Brother

Mike McGonigal

By Mike McGonigal

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A Hammond B3? In a country song?

Like fellow Texan Dale Watson, Jesse Dayton's music is steeped in the deep, rich old-school honky tonk of Hank, Lefty, and Merle. At the same time, though, he's a contemporary artist who's spent plenty of years absorbing blues, soul (hence the album's title), rockabilly and pop. Who'd ever think a Hammond B3 would work in a country context — or that it was even possible to add twang to the Cars 'classic "Just What I Needed" and still keep it palatable? Watch this guy, he's been around the block but he's still got plenty of places to go.