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Jesse Dayton visits Texas dance halls

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 – Look for a new Jesse Dayton CD - a traditional Texas country music affair - just before the holidays.

Dayton said via email, "The new record is almost on its way to the printers. "One For The Dance Halls" will be available in stores and online the week of Christmas, on Dec. 21st. While shooting the movie I've been working on all summer on our off days, "The Sinner," we went into the studio with nothing more in mind than making a true Texas dance hall record."

Dayton, an Austin artist, said his records "have always varied musically...some country...some Cajun...some Latin...some rockabilly rave ups...but after playing my residency show at the Broken Spoke (where I usually play every Thursday when I'm not traveling) I realized I needed to make a top to bottom country record with songs that would stand up on two-step floors anywhere, anytime, any place."

"This new record has been my baby for the last two months. I've surrounded myself with great songwriters, great players, and we even have a new duet song on the record with my singing partner Brennen Leigh. Can't wait for y'all to hear it!!!"

Dayton also been busy producing a new Michael Des Barres soul record, the soundtrack for "The Sinner" and putting together a collection of more modern swamp pop songs that will be on his next disc.

CD reviews for Jesse Dayton

The Revealer CD review - The Revealer
With "The Revealer," Austin-based singer/songwriter Jesse Dayton displays his passion for classic country, roots rock and blues. The country influence is best demonstrated on "Possum Ran Over My Grave" in which he reminisces about being first disappointed by his idol ("I remember the night that he didn't show/So we shoved his old 8-track in our truck radio") before ultimately being inspired by George Jones ("Couple years later he came back through town/Man »»»
Jesse Sings Kinky CD review - Jesse Sings Kinky
Austin-based Jesse Dayton focuses on Kinky Friedman's more serious work in this tribute to the legendary singer/songwriter, mystery novelist and politician. On several tracks, Dayton gives an up-tempo treatment to somber tunes, such as Rapid City South Dakota, the story of a young man skipping town on his pregnant girlfriend ("There's a doctor in Chicago, I know she'll be all right/He told himself as he stared into the night"), and Nashville Casualty and Life, the tale of »»»
One for the Dance Halls CD review - One for the Dance Halls
The title of Jesse Dayton's latest release - "One for the Dance Halls" - tells you exactly what you're getting. This is dancehall honky tonk and swing, none of it more so than the ode to those venues that gives the album its name and closing number Texas Bound, a piece of classic, hard-charging Texas swing that's chock full of the sound of twin fiddles, swing-tuned steel and jazzy electric runs. What comes in between is, at just over 28 minutes, a bit slim for what you »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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