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Jesse Dayton
November 14, 2019
Jefferson Theatre

Doors 7pm
Show 8pm

Americana artist and Beaumont native Jesse Dayton is best known for his guitar contributions to albums by country musicians including Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Oct 2 at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.

Dayton was born in Beaumont, Texas, where he was raised on the music of George Jones, Hank Williams, and Lefty Frizzell, all the while harboring an affinity for the spirit of punk with bands like the Clash. After touring with two rockabilly bands, the Road Kings and the Alamo Jets, Dayton ventured off into solo territory, recording his Americana-chart-topping record Raisin’ Cain.

Since then Dayton has released several different solo albums and worked with a variety of country rock artists, most notably Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash on Right for the Time after Jennings injured his picking thumb and required a guitar stand-in.

In 2004, horror film director Rob Zombie commissioned Jesse Dayton to record an album for the fictional characters Banjo & Sullivan from his sophomore feature The Devil’s Rejects. The resulting album was a collection of tongue-in-cheek honky-tonk country entitled Banjo & Sullivan: The Ultimate Collection. In Zombie’s Halloween II, Dayton performs as the lead singer and guitarist of the fictional psychobilly band Captain Clegg & the Night Creatures. He is slated to release an album entitled Rob Zombie presents Captain Clegg & The Night Creatures (music from Halloween II) on August 28, same day as the film Halloween II premiered.

In 2014, he toured with John Doe both as the opening act and a member of Doe’s backing band. In 2015, Dayton played guitar in the band X on their US tour, filling in for Billy Zoom who had been diagnosed with cancer. In 2016 he again toured with John Doe as well being the opener on the Supersuckers European and US tours.

On September 16, 2016, he released his ninth album titled The Revealer on his Hardcharger Records imprint through Blue Élan Records.

Dayton was the featured speaker at the City of Beaumont’s BMT Film Fest in August 2019 and shared his insight about the music and film industry.