ONCE Somerville presents
156 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA, 02143
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is minors under 18 with parent or legal guardian
Watch & Listen
Jesse Dayton's story reads like a who’s who of American music. Want to talk about
being "born into it"? Imagine a 15-year-old kid born and raised on the Texas/
Louisiana border, playing his Telecaster guitar in all-black zydeco bands in Lake
Charles, Louisiana; honky-tonk country bands with members left over from the
Starday Records’ George Jones days around his hometown of Beaumont, Texas.
Dayton was underage and sneaking into night clubs to play shows ’til 3am with
east Texas blues legend Little Mack Minor (cousin of Lightning Hopkins and Mance
Liscomb), until eventually he was spotted by Gulf Coast hit producer Huey P.
Meaux. Mr. Meaux approached Dayton and asked him to record with zydeco star
Rockin Dopsey at Houston'shit factory, Sugarhill Studios. And the story just keeps
As he enters early adulthood, Dayton begins packing clubs and theaters on the
Texas scene with his trio in Houston, Dallas, and Austin. He records his first solo
record titled "Raisin' Cain" for Justice Records with featured guest luminaries,
Doug Sahm, Flaco Jiminez and Johnny Gimble that hits Number 1 on the
Americana Radio Charts. Jesse tours around the world opening for punk legends
Social Distortion, The Supersuckers and X. Jesse is then asked to help
arrange and play guitar on The Supersuckers biggest selling record, "Must've Been
High.” While in Nashville doing press, Waylon Jennings spots him on Nashville TV
show ‘Crook & Chase’ and calls Jesse out of the blue at his hotel to play lead
guitar on his record, "Right for The Time." Dayton blows off his flight back to
Austin, heads to Woodland Studios where Waylon has sent a car for
him, and knocks on the door. Johnny Cash answers it and says, "we've been
waiting for you." This leads to Dayton recording guitars on records andfilm with
Cash, Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush and Glen Campbell.
While Dayton is ignored by mainstream country radio, his cult following in the US
and Europe continues to grow. A whole new crowd of Americana listening room
folks, aging punks, and young rock fans embrace him. He embarks on headlining
tours without any tour support from a label.
Just when you thought the story couldn’t get any cooler, horror director/rockstar,
Rob Zombie hears Dayton's record at a party, hunts him down, and calls him to
write and record a soundtrack for his film ‘The Devils Rejects’ which lands him in
Rolling Stone magazine. Then they co-write songs for Rob's follow up franchise
film, ‘Halloween 2’ (which Dayton appears in playing the part of character
‘Captain Clegg’). Then Dayton writes and records songs for a third Rob Zombie
film (this one animated) titled, ’The Haunted World of El Super Beasto.' After
years of pounding the pavement day-in and day-out, Jesse buys a house in Austin,and heads back on tour in his 40-foot redneck RV with his band of hillbilly punks.Dayton has had over 50 songs licensed to film and television and even ended up
writing and directing a horror film shot in New Orleans called ‘Zombex’ starring
Malcolm McDowell, Sid Haig, Lew Temple from Walking Dead and John Doe from
the band X. The film was sold to a distributor and got a theatrical release. After
stockpiling songs during his film work, he heads into the studio to record "The
Revealer” (back where it all started at Sugarhill Studios in Houston), and the first
single "Daddy Was A Badass" becomes a hit on SiriusXM's Outlaw Country
channel. As this is happening, Dayton gets a call from the aforementioned, John
Doe and is asked to fill in for guitarist Billy Zoom on 40-city U.S. tour with X whileZoom was taking time away from the band to undergo cancer treatment.
Jesse Dayton has been on tour non-stop for four years all over the US and Europe.
His new record "The Outsider" was literally recorded while on tour in Atlanta,
Denver, Nashville and Austin and mixed by Grammy Award winning engineer/
producer Vance Powell (who has worked with the likes of Sturgill Simpson, Chris
Stapleton, Jason Isbell and Jack White). About “The Outsider” Dayton says, "It's a
lot like ‘The Revealer’, but even more stripped down with some sweet acoustic
guitar songs and some raw electric guitar work". All the influences are there; the
George Jones-inspired singing on "Changin' My Ways," the Outlaw country twang of
Waylon and Jerry Reed on "Belly of the Beast," the angst and energy of The Clash
and X on hillbilly protest song “Charlottesville," and the deep east Texas blues and
Cajun rockabilly of "May Have To Do It" and "Hurtin Behind The Pine Curtain."
While there are many different sides to him musically, this all rolls into one bighybrid that Jesse Dayton has been honing for over 20 years.
Pick up ‘The Outsider’... it's unlike anything that's out there.
With a suitcase of songs, Maine folk troubadour Dan Blakeslee ventured into the subways of Boston in 1995 to practice his craft. His songs of true life adventures combine the essence of early folk music with a dose of country grit. In 2015 his dream of playing Newport Folk Festival became a reality, the place where Bob Dylan went electric 50 years earlier.
$12.00 - $15.00
ONCE Somerville presents Jesse Dayton
with Dan Blakeslee
SPECIAL: we will start off with a screening of Henry Horenstein ‘s short film, “Spoke" with Jesse Dayton.
$12 advance/$15 day of show
6:30pm doors/7pm showtime
Lounge opens upstairs at 6pm for drinks and hanging out!
(And play a game of pool, pinball or board games!)
Tickets are available for purchase online until 5pm day of show
Walk up tickets are available for purchase at the door day of show after 6pm
Physical tickets are available at:
A Curated World by Kay McGowan
160 Highland Ave
Wed - Fri: 1pm to 8pm
Sat - Sun: 12pm to 6pm