Jesse Dayton has been building a cult following around the globe playing festivals around North America and Europe for years with his guitar shredding, country-infused, Americana sound. As a critic’s darling for his first record on Justice Records, Raisin’ Cain (1995), and a number one Americana radio ranking, Jesse was hired at a young age to play lead guitar on some of the last recordings, and play live, by country legends Waylon Jennings, Ray Price, Johnny Bush, Willie Nelson & Glen Campbell and he’s been featured in many guitar magazines.
Sensing a shift in the music business climate, Jesse formed his own label in 2002, Stag Records, and began his most prolific recording period. While recording five solo records, one duet record, one live record, all on Stag, as well as two soundtrack recordings (Devil’s Rejects, Halloween 2) for rocker/director Rob Zombie, Jesse managed to act in movies and music videos, produce several projects for other artists, write two screenplays, and most recently produced his first writer/directorial movie role, “Zombex,” starring Malcolm McDowell. All while performing over 150 dates per year with his ace touring band.
Jesse portrays legendary political satirist and novelist Kinky Friedman in the stage production, Becoming Kinky: The World According to Kinky Friedman. Jesse was cast immediately after his first audition. In 2012, he released a complete project of Kinky Friedman penned songs titled, “Jesse Sings Kinky,” which opened a whole new chapter in the career of such a prolific artist. Today, he’s putting the finishing touches on the soundtrack music for “Zombex.” Down and dirty, southern swamp music, thicker than the New Orleans humidity. The music from “Zombex” brings Jesse’s musical carnival ride full circle, and back to the Texas/Louisiana border where it all began.
The Famous forge a sound that combines the transcendent roar of punk with the brutal honesty and black wit of traditional country. With echoes of early rock-n-roll, yet still standing firmly rooted in alt-county, The Famous ignite their fiery brand of post-punk Americana for a Texas tour to support Ghost Town Parade, the band’s third album on Leading Brand Records. The Northern California band organized over a decade ago around the belief in honoring the Bakersfield classic country sound while delivering energetic live shows geared to rock and punk venues. The Famous have always delivered on the alternative side of alt-country and Ghost Town Parade is no doubt the band’s most extensive blast through the alternatives yet.