Jesse Dayton, the Austin-based guitarist, singer, songwriter and filmmaker has announced the July 24 release of his newest EP, Gulf Coast Sessions (Blue Élan Records), a collection of original songs inspired by the music he was raised on while growing up in Beaumont, TX; experiencing the sounds of the area from Beaumont to New Orleans. Two singles, “Lo-Fi Lover” and “Carencro Girl” are available on all streaming and digital download services today.
“The Gulf Coast Sessions was inspired by that Interstate 10 area from Beaumont to New Orleans, where I was raised and where the old music was still going strong in the 70’s when I was a kid,” explained Jesse about the sentiment behind the recording. “East Texas African-American blues and gospel was everywhere, with lots of revival church music on the radio. I thought about all of these scenarios while we were making this raw little stripped-down record. It’s all Gulf Coast house party music with East Texas Blues, Red Hot Zydeco and New Orleans R&B.”
The Gulf Coast Sessions EP was recorded on the back porch of friend Clay Connell’s old house-turned-vintage-shop Roadhouse Rags in South Austin. Taking the spirit of Jesse’s childhood memories, the results are a raw, stripped down house party fun!
“It’s loaded with vibe and reminds me of the music the grownups played at the hurricane parties I went to as a kid.”
Through his decades-long career, Jesse Dayton has become one of the music industry’s best kept secrets and valuable weapons with a sound that blends rock, blues, old school country, punk-rock and zydeco.
Fans can get a free download of the first single, “Carencro Girl,” now by signing up to join Jesse’s email list: jessedayton.com/sign-up/ and Jesse will be doing a live virtual event on his social media platforms on May 27th, his birthday.
The Gulf Coast Sessions EP Track Listing:
Intro House Party
Mardi Gras Shake
Feelins and Business
House Party 2340 Dauphine
Outro House Party
Photo credit: Ray Redding