Jesse Dayton’s brand of country music has been labeled “turbo country”, a nod to his rockabilly roots with the Road Kings and the Alamo Jets. Dayton was raised on a diet of blues, cajun and punk, but graduated into full-flown rockabilly with the Road Kings, the outfit he formed in the late 80s. His 2004 album, Country Soul Brother, was an effective distillation of honky-tonk, rockabilly, soul and folk and even included an unlikely cover version of the Cars’ Just What I Needed. The following year Dayton was contacted by Rob Zombie to write songs for his new horror movie, The Devil’s Rejects. The songs from the soundtrack, released on the faux greatest hits album Banjo & Sullivan: The Ultimate Collection 1972-1978. Dayton’s latest release, One for the Dance Halls, is an album full of Jesse Dayton original songs that keep the dance floor packed whether he plays at Austin’s famed Broken Spoke or anywhere else in or out of Texas!
“Like the Possum (George Jones), Dayton is the possessor of a tear-stained voice, a lost soul sensibility and probably a high degree of familiarity with the places mama warned you about.”
– Austin American Statesman