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.
By Amelia Raitt on 01.07.11 in Reviews
Jesse Dayton's latest is called One For The Dancehalls, and a recording for the dancehalls, it is. On Dancehalls, the Austin musician — who has contributed to records by legends like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jenning...
By Robert Ham on 02.25.15 in Features
From Shania Twain to Patrick Wolf, these musicians couldn't leave well enough alone and rerecorded their work.
By Jewly Hight on 02.23.15 in Features
"I take the country songs, because they're the only ones left now with any real meaning, and I redo them more R
By Mary Kinney on 02.06.15 in Features
For all of NYC's history of folk music, a giant metropolitan city with no recent rural history to speak of is an odd place for a comeback to take place.