Jesse Dayton

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


The Race is On – George Jones
Mama Tried – Merle Haggard
Luckenbach, Texas – Waylon Jennings
Bloody Mary Morning – Willie Nelson
Burning Love – Elvis Presely
Tiger by the Tail – Buck Owens
White Lightning – George Jones
I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash
Just What I Needed – The Cars
Mexican Blackbird – ZZ Top
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain – Willie Nelson
Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash
Above and Beyond – Buck Owens
Behind Closed Doors – Charlie Rich
Kiss an Angel Good Mornin – Charley Pride
Sleepwalk – Santo and Johnny
Hello Walls – Farron Young
Hey Good Lookin – Hank Williams
Stop the World and Let Me Off – Waylon Jennings
Me and Paul – Willie Nelson
One Piece at a Time – Johnny Cash
She Thinks I Still Care – George Jones
Swinging Doors – Merle Haggard
Dreaming My Dream – Waylon Jennings
Little Sister – Elvis Presley
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Hank Williams
Good Hearted Woman – Waylon Jennings
Lonesome Fugitive – Merle Haggard
Diggy Diggy Li – Doug Kershaw
Is Anybody Goin to San Antone – Charley Pride
Rose of San Antone – Bob Wills
Hottest Thing in Town – Billy Joe Shaver

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