Jesse Dayton (from the album Mix Tape, Volume 1 available from Blue Elan Records)
Jesse Dayton was the kid with the cool record collection, the dude that found singles and albums that seemed out of reach, the stack of vinyl where southern rock B-sides rubbed elbows with early Punk while Classic Rockers and AM Gold Folkies kept company with unknown Pub Rock bands. Jesse was likely the one unapologetic hipster unafraid to say it was okay to like both Doc Watson and The Sex Pistols, while digging deep on Neil Young tunes you didn’t hear on FM radio. He would also be the go-to guy for making the mixtape that became a Friday night soundtrack.
Jeese Dayton rewinds the tape, giving us a peak into that record collection with Mixtape Volume 1, nine cover songs he claims as his own, sounds that will surely get thumbs up from their creators. Jesse Dayton doesn’t stray far with Jackson Browne’s “Redneck Friend,” Neil Young’s “Harvest”, or Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind,” but he does give The Clash’s “Bankrobber” a rockabilly charge. Jesse tackles the lesser known “She’s a Heartbreaker” by ZZ Top and “Country Comfort” by Elton John, and likely will make new fans for British Pub gods Dr. Feelgood by giving “She Does it Right” a Chuck Berry treatment. AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie” is a big, rocking blues number and The Cars “Just What I Needed” is a delightful dance-hall two-stepper while Bruce Springsteen’s “State Trooper” is aggressive and soulful. With great guitar leads and plenty of punch, Jesse Dayton’s cover choices on Mixtape Volume 1 gives listeners a worthy musical education.
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