Previewed: Jesse Dayton at Night People

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Guitarist, singer, songwriter and filmmaker appears at Manchester’s Night People ahead of the August release of Mixtape Volume 1.

The 10 track album features a collection of covers, taking cuts by legendary artists and infusing them with his Texas/Louisiana-influenced style.

He transforms The Clash’s reggae-infused Bankrobber and AC/DC’s rock anthem Whole Lotta Rosie into rip-roaring, honky-tonk staples. Dayton offers compelling rockabilly interpretations of Bruce Springsteen’s State Trooper and Dr. Feelgood’s She Does It Right and turns The Cars’ Just What I Needed into a classic southern two-step.  The album also features covers of Neil Young (Harvest), Jackson Browne (Redneck Friend) and Elton John (Country Comfort).



Throughout his 30+ year career, Jesse Dayton has blended rock, blues, old school country, punk-rock and zydeco.

Hailing from Beaumont, Texas, Jesse Dayton got his start performing in zydeco bands at the age of 15 before securing a residency at the famed Broken Spoke in Austin. It was during that time that he formed a trio that would go on to sell out venues all over Texas. Over the ensuing years, Dayton developed into a true renaissance man, performing as a guitarist for a range of artists including Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Ryan Bingham, Duff McKagen and seminal L.A. punk band X. He has toured with the likes of Social Distortion, The Supersuckers and John Doe, written soundtracks for three Rob Zombie films, wrote and directed his own film and just signed a publishing deal to write a memoir. With more than 50 songs licensed to film and television, 11 studio albums and one EP, Jesse Dayton is a gifted, intelligent, socially-conscious and unstoppable creative force who continues to tour nearly 250 days a year. After three decades as a jack of all trades, while hiding in plain sight and working with a who’s who of artists, Dayton now enters a new chapter focused primarily on his own career. On Mixtape Volume 1, he revisits some of the songs that helped build his musical foundation while paying homage to the icons that have inspired him.

When does Jesse Dayton headline at Manchester’s Night People?

Jesse Dayton headlines at Night People, Manchester, on 5 June 2019.

Image of Jesse Dayton courtesy Ray Redding

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