Jesse Dayton at Campus Jax postponed to Spring 2021

POSTPONED to Spring 2021

Notes on Campus JAX:

All seating is outdoor open air at our special tented outdoor stage dining area. Please dress accordingly.
Social distancing is enforced; masks are required when walking to and from tables.
Temperatures will be taken upon entrance.
Must have reserved seating to park.
No dancing at this time, thanks.

Stories Behind The Songs

Jesse Dayton is the living, breathing, drinking embodiment of a cool country soul brother. His first album 1995's Raisin' Cane included backup from Texas legends like Doug Sahm and Flaco Jimenez and was released on Willie Nelson's Justice label. His 2001 release on his own Stag Records label "Hey! Nash Vegas" also featured a stellar cast of players including Texas fiddle king Johnny Gimble,The Dixie Chicks, and Jim Lauderdale.

Dayton now has several more solo albums under his belt these days, and has also played on records by The Supersuckers, Ray Price, Waylon Jennings, Tenderloin and three albums with his rockabilly group The Road Kings. In 2005, filmmaker Rob Zombie recruited Dayton to create music under the moniker of Banjo & Sullivan for the soundtrack to horror flick The Devil's Rejects.



Dayton's talent is unmistakable & his all-american appeal is cross genre & generational, allowing him to tour with acts as diverse as George Strait, Mike Ness and Joe Strummer.

Jesse comes to Campus Jax in Newport Beach on a Friday night along with his brother from another mother, Ted Russell Kamp, two of the most sought-after musicians in the Americana/Honky Tonk world today.

The two will deliver a dynamite evening of their brand of cerebral country rock. Fun times!

Info on his most recent album: Mix Tape Volume 1

“A lot of this stuff was what I liked as a kid,” says modern-day outlaw country icon Jesse Dayton

of his new album of cover songs, Mix Tape Volume 1. “Some of it is from super-early on, before

I was even thinking about playing music. They're just songs I would hear on the radio in my

sister's old '62 Rambler she would take me to school in. I'm hearing Neil Young, Gordon

Lightfoot, stuff like that. Of course, when I got a little older, I saw The Clash in San Antonio at

the Egyptian Theater. Joe Ely opened that show. That changed my life.”

The dichotomy inherent in that Clash/Ely bill has ruled the Beaumont, TX native's career, either

with his own rockin' country music or playing guitar for everyone from Johnny Cash and

Waylon Jennings to punk standard-bearers X. He grew up, went through punk rock after that

eye-opening Clash gig and the obligatory late-'70s/early-'80s suburban American teenage heavy

metal phase. He apprenticed in zydeco bands and honky-tonk outfits, and played on a session for

zydeco legend Rockin' Dopsey produced by Texas music legend Huey Meaux. He moved from

Beaumont to Austin, to play rockabilly. He eventually realized the stuff he grew up with – the

vintage country music infusing his Beaumont childhood, from Johnny Cash, George Jones,

Waylon Jennings - had an honesty, a passion and a rawness that modern country music didn't

have, a spirit the best punk rock shared. He started relating to his roots again.

But to understand how Jesse Dayton arrived at Mix Tape Volume 1, you have to look to the five

years he spent being Thursday's entertainment at Austin honkytonk institution The Broken

Spoke. No matter how many strong LPs you've issued of your own material, when you are in that

situation, having to play five sets-per-night? You can't rely on your original output.

"I was a human jukebox,” Dayton groans now. “But it's where I learned how to pace my sets. It's

where I learned how to be a band leader. It's about watching the dancers - knowing where to play

a polka, knowing where to play a waltz. Quite a bit of work and study went into that gig. It was

packed every time. But I started having Groundhog's Day flashbacks. I wanted to kill some of

those goofy dancers, after awhile." Thankfully, X's John Doe stepped in and asked Dayton to be

his touring guitarist, showing him another way to play music. Otherwise, he might have been

recording Mix Tape in prison!

Here and there, Dayton stays faithful to the original versions of his Mix Tape entries. For

instance, Dr. Feelgood's revved-up pub rocker “She Does It Right” remains in the same

neighborhood, with little renovation. It's when Dayton indulges his imagination that things get

interesting. He retrofits The Clash's reggae homage "Bankrobber" with a Bobby Fuller Four

arrangement, the way The Clash converted "I Fought The Law" into a furious punk anthem.

AC/DCs “Whole Lotta Rosie” morphs into something akin to ZZ Top playing Slim Harpo's

“Shake Your Hips.” Speaking of ZZ Top, their “She's A Heartbreaker” wouldn't have been out of

place on a Flying Burrito Brothers record. The Cars' midtempo chug “Just What I Needed”

becomes the sorta two-step, buckle-polishing Texas honky-tonk shuffle Dayton would've

whipped out on those Broken Spoke Thursdays. Bruce Springsteen's “State Trooper” becomes a

Cramps-style punkabilly stomp.

"The world is filled with people aping Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings songs,” he says. “It's

so unoriginal. I had to make it sound like me, no matter where it came from."

But it's when he's lifting material from his older sister's '70s singer-songwriter records – Jackson

Browne's “Redneck Friend,” Neil Young's “Harvest,” Elton John's “Country Comfort” - and

making pure, achin' country music out of it that Dayton's redemptive powers really shine. It's

especially evident when he gives Gordon Lightfoot's “If You Could Read My Mind” the sort of

arrangement Waylon Jennings applied to “MacArthur Park,” or to Paul Simon's “The Boxer,” as

he did when Dayton played with him. It works.

"People think Waylon rode around in a pickup truck listening to Hank Sr. Waylon was cruising

around in a Mercedes, listening to singer-songwriters,” Dayton snorts. “He had a hit with 'Are

You Ready For The Country?' by Neil Young. George Jones had a hit with 'Bartender Blues' by

James Taylor. It might be his greatest vocal performance ever!”

"But now I look at the records my sister had - the Jackson Brownes, the Elton Johns - and I

think, 'Okay, now I get it.' There's a lot of great material there. It's all about interpretation."

And interpret, he does. Quite brilliantly, too. It was something Jesse Dayton's been needing.

“I'd done almost five years on tour,” he sighs, “doing two original records back-to-back. I played

on a lotta other people's records. I just needed to take the pressure off, just have some fun. And

that's why this is Volume 1 – what if I need to do this again?”

Jesse Dayton Quick Facts

* 11 studio albums, 2 singles, and one EP as a solo artist

* Collaborations or guest appearances with Doug Sahm, Flaco Jimenez, Johnny Gimble, The Supersuckers,

Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Glen Campbell, and John Doe.

* Past Tours with The Supersuckers, Social Distortion, and X.

* 3 soundtrack collaborations with Rob Zombie, for his films The Devil's Rejects, Halloween 2 (also featuring

Jesse in the role of Captain Clegg), and The Haunted World Of El Super Beasto.

* Over 50 songs licensed to film and television.

* Writer and director of the independent horror film Zombex, starring Malcolm McDowell, Sid Haig, Lew

Temple (from The Walking Dead) and John Doe.

03/19/2021 7:00 PM

Door Time: 5:00 PM

Other Showtimes

POSTPONED to March or April due to Corona Virus

All seats will be honored at that time.

(Or select another show of your choice)

It's out of our control, but Jesse definitely wants to come and play for you.

Stories Behind The Songs

Jesse Dayton is the living, breathing, drinking embodiment of a cool country soul brother. His first album 1995's Raisin' Cane included backup from Texas legends like Doug Sahm and Flaco Jimenez and was released on Willie Nelson's Justice label. His 2001 release on his own Stag Records label "Hey! Nash Vegas" also featured a stellar cast of players including Texas fiddle king Johnny Gimble,The Dixie Chicks, and Jim Lauderdale.

Dayton now has several more solo albums under his belt these days, and has also played on records by The Supersuckers, Ray Price, Waylon Jennings, Tenderloin and three albums with his rockabilly group The Road Kings. In 2005, filmmaker Rob Zombie recruited Dayton to create music under the moniker of Banjo & Sullivan for the soundtrack to horror flick The Devil's Rejects.



Dayton's talent is unmistakable & his all-american appeal is cross genre & generational, allowing him to tour with acts as diverse as George Strait, Mike Ness and Joe Strummer.

Jesse comes to Campus Jax in Newport Beach on a Friday night along with his brother from another mother, Ted Russell Kamp, two of the most sought-after musicians in the Americana/Honky Tonk world today.

The two will deliver a dynamite evening of their brand of cerebral country rock. Fun times!

Info on his most recent album: Mix Tape Volume 1

“A lot of this stuff was what I liked as a kid,” says modern-day outlaw country icon Jesse Dayton

of his new album of cover songs, Mix Tape Volume 1. “Some of it is from super-early on, before

I was even thinking about playing music. They're just songs I would hear on the radio in my

sister's old '62 Rambler she would take me to school in. I'm hearing Neil Young, Gordon

Lightfoot, stuff like that. Of course, when I got a little older, I saw The Clash in San Antonio at

the Egyptian Theater. Joe Ely opened that show. That changed my life.”

The dichotomy inherent in that Clash/Ely bill has ruled the Beaumont, TX native's career, either

with his own rockin' country music or playing guitar for everyone from Johnny Cash and

Waylon Jennings to punk standard-bearers X. He grew up, went through punk rock after that

eye-opening Clash gig and the obligatory late-'70s/early-'80s suburban American teenage heavy

metal phase. He apprenticed in zydeco bands and honky-tonk outfits, and played on a session for

zydeco legend Rockin' Dopsey produced by Texas music legend Huey Meaux. He moved from

Beaumont to Austin, to play rockabilly. He eventually realized the stuff he grew up with – the

vintage country music infusing his Beaumont childhood, from Johnny Cash, George Jones,

Waylon Jennings - had an honesty, a passion and a rawness that modern country music didn't

have, a spirit the best punk rock shared. He started relating to his roots again.

But to understand how Jesse Dayton arrived at Mix Tape Volume 1, you have to look to the five

years he spent being Thursday's entertainment at Austin honkytonk institution The Broken

Spoke. No matter how many strong LPs you've issued of your own material, when you are in that

situation, having to play five sets-per-night? You can't rely on your original output.

"I was a human jukebox,” Dayton groans now. “But it's where I learned how to pace my sets. It's

where I learned how to be a band leader. It's about watching the dancers - knowing where to play

a polka, knowing where to play a waltz. Quite a bit of work and study went into that gig. It was

packed every time. But I started having Groundhog's Day flashbacks. I wanted to kill some of

those goofy dancers, after awhile." Thankfully, X's John Doe stepped in and asked Dayton to be

his touring guitarist, showing him another way to play music. Otherwise, he might have been

recording Mix Tape in prison!

Here and there, Dayton stays faithful to the original versions of his Mix Tape entries. For

instance, Dr. Feelgood's revved-up pub rocker “She Does It Right” remains in the same

neighborhood, with little renovation. It's when Dayton indulges his imagination that things get

interesting. He retrofits The Clash's reggae homage "Bankrobber" with a Bobby Fuller Four

arrangement, the way The Clash converted "I Fought The Law" into a furious punk anthem.

AC/DCs “Whole Lotta Rosie” morphs into something akin to ZZ Top playing Slim Harpo's

“Shake Your Hips.” Speaking of ZZ Top, their “She's A Heartbreaker” wouldn't have been out of

place on a Flying Burrito Brothers record. The Cars' midtempo chug “Just What I Needed”

becomes the sorta two-step, buckle-polishing Texas honky-tonk shuffle Dayton would've

whipped out on those Broken Spoke Thursdays. Bruce Springsteen's “State Trooper” becomes a

Cramps-style punkabilly stomp.

"The world is filled with people aping Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings songs,” he says. “It's

so unoriginal. I had to make it sound like me, no matter where it came from."

But it's when he's lifting material from his older sister's '70s singer-songwriter records – Jackson

Browne's “Redneck Friend,” Neil Young's “Harvest,” Elton John's “Country Comfort” - and

making pure, achin' country music out of it that Dayton's redemptive powers really shine. It's

especially evident when he gives Gordon Lightfoot's “If You Could Read My Mind” the sort of

arrangement Waylon Jennings applied to “MacArthur Park,” or to Paul Simon's “The Boxer,” as

he did when Dayton played with him. It works.

"People think Waylon rode around in a pickup truck listening to Hank Sr. Waylon was cruising

around in a Mercedes, listening to singer-songwriters,” Dayton snorts. “He had a hit with 'Are

You Ready For The Country?' by Neil Young. George Jones had a hit with 'Bartender Blues' by

James Taylor. It might be his greatest vocal performance ever!”

"But now I look at the records my sister had - the Jackson Brownes, the Elton Johns - and I

think, 'Okay, now I get it.' There's a lot of great material there. It's all about interpretation."

And interpret, he does. Quite brilliantly, too. It was something Jesse Dayton's been needing.

“I'd done almost five years on tour,” he sighs, “doing two original records back-to-back. I played

on a lotta other people's records. I just needed to take the pressure off, just have some fun. And

that's why this is Volume 1 – what if I need to do this again?”

Jesse Dayton Quick Facts

* 11 studio albums, 2 singles, and one EP as a solo artist

* Collaborations or guest appearances with Doug Sahm, Flaco Jimenez, Johnny Gimble, The Supersuckers,

Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Glen Campbell, and John Doe.

* Past Tours with The Supersuckers, Social Distortion, and X.

* 3 soundtrack collaborations with Rob Zombie, for his films The Devil's Rejects, Halloween 2 (also featuring

Jesse in the role of Captain Clegg), and The Haunted World Of El Super Beasto.

* Over 50 songs licensed to film and television.

* Writer and director of the independent horror film Zombex, starring Malcolm McDowell, Sid Haig, Lew

Temple (from The Walking Dead) and John Doe.

POSTPONED to Spring 2021

Notes on Campus JAX:

All seating is outdoor open air at our special tented outdoor stage dining area. Please dress accordingly.
Social distancing is enforced; masks are required when walking to and from tables.
Temperatures will be taken upon entrance.
Must have reserved seating to park.
No dancing at this time, thanks.

Stories Behind The Songs

Jesse Dayton is the living, breathing, drinking embodiment of a cool country soul brother. His first album 1995's Raisin' Cane included backup from Texas legends like Doug Sahm and Flaco Jimenez and was released on Willie Nelson's Justice label. His 2001 release on his own Stag Records label "Hey! Nash Vegas" also featured a stellar cast of players including Texas fiddle king Johnny Gimble,The Dixie Chicks, and Jim Lauderdale.

Dayton now has several more solo albums under his belt these days, and has also played on records by The Supersuckers, Ray Price, Waylon Jennings, Tenderloin and three albums with his rockabilly group The Road Kings. In 2005, filmmaker Rob Zombie recruited Dayton to create music under the moniker of Banjo & Sullivan for the soundtrack to horror flick The Devil's Rejects.



Dayton's talent is unmistakable & his all-american appeal is cross genre & generational, allowing him to tour with acts as diverse as George Strait, Mike Ness and Joe Strummer.

Jesse comes to Campus Jax in Newport Beach on a Friday night along with his brother from another mother, Ted Russell Kamp, two of the most sought-after musicians in the Americana/Honky Tonk world today.

The two will deliver a dynamite evening of their brand of cerebral country rock. Fun times!

Info on his most recent album: Mix Tape Volume 1

“A lot of this stuff was what I liked as a kid,” says modern-day outlaw country icon Jesse Dayton

of his new album of cover songs, Mix Tape Volume 1. “Some of it is from super-early on, before

I was even thinking about playing music. They're just songs I would hear on the radio in my

sister's old '62 Rambler she would take me to school in. I'm hearing Neil Young, Gordon

Lightfoot, stuff like that. Of course, when I got a little older, I saw The Clash in San Antonio at

the Egyptian Theater. Joe Ely opened that show. That changed my life.”

The dichotomy inherent in that Clash/Ely bill has ruled the Beaumont, TX native's career, either

with his own rockin' country music or playing guitar for everyone from Johnny Cash and

Waylon Jennings to punk standard-bearers X. He grew up, went through punk rock after that

eye-opening Clash gig and the obligatory late-'70s/early-'80s suburban American teenage heavy

metal phase. He apprenticed in zydeco bands and honky-tonk outfits, and played on a session for

zydeco legend Rockin' Dopsey produced by Texas music legend Huey Meaux. He moved from

Beaumont to Austin, to play rockabilly. He eventually realized the stuff he grew up with – the

vintage country music infusing his Beaumont childhood, from Johnny Cash, George Jones,

Waylon Jennings - had an honesty, a passion and a rawness that modern country music didn't

have, a spirit the best punk rock shared. He started relating to his roots again.

But to understand how Jesse Dayton arrived at Mix Tape Volume 1, you have to look to the five

years he spent being Thursday's entertainment at Austin honkytonk institution The Broken

Spoke. No matter how many strong LPs you've issued of your own material, when you are in that

situation, having to play five sets-per-night? You can't rely on your original output.

"I was a human jukebox,” Dayton groans now. “But it's where I learned how to pace my sets. It's

where I learned how to be a band leader. It's about watching the dancers - knowing where to play

a polka, knowing where to play a waltz. Quite a bit of work and study went into that gig. It was

packed every time. But I started having Groundhog's Day flashbacks. I wanted to kill some of

those goofy dancers, after awhile." Thankfully, X's John Doe stepped in and asked Dayton to be

his touring guitarist, showing him another way to play music. Otherwise, he might have been

recording Mix Tape in prison!

Here and there, Dayton stays faithful to the original versions of his Mix Tape entries. For

instance, Dr. Feelgood's revved-up pub rocker “She Does It Right” remains in the same

neighborhood, with little renovation. It's when Dayton indulges his imagination that things get

interesting. He retrofits The Clash's reggae homage "Bankrobber" with a Bobby Fuller Four

arrangement, the way The Clash converted "I Fought The Law" into a furious punk anthem.

AC/DCs “Whole Lotta Rosie” morphs into something akin to ZZ Top playing Slim Harpo's

“Shake Your Hips.” Speaking of ZZ Top, their “She's A Heartbreaker” wouldn't have been out of

place on a Flying Burrito Brothers record. The Cars' midtempo chug “Just What I Needed”

becomes the sorta two-step, buckle-polishing Texas honky-tonk shuffle Dayton would've

whipped out on those Broken Spoke Thursdays. Bruce Springsteen's “State Trooper” becomes a

Cramps-style punkabilly stomp.

"The world is filled with people aping Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings songs,” he says. “It's

so unoriginal. I had to make it sound like me, no matter where it came from."

But it's when he's lifting material from his older sister's '70s singer-songwriter records – Jackson

Browne's “Redneck Friend,” Neil Young's “Harvest,” Elton John's “Country Comfort” - and

making pure, achin' country music out of it that Dayton's redemptive powers really shine. It's

especially evident when he gives Gordon Lightfoot's “If You Could Read My Mind” the sort of

arrangement Waylon Jennings applied to “MacArthur Park,” or to Paul Simon's “The Boxer,” as

he did when Dayton played with him. It works.

"People think Waylon rode around in a pickup truck listening to Hank Sr. Waylon was cruising

around in a Mercedes, listening to singer-songwriters,” Dayton snorts. “He had a hit with 'Are

You Ready For The Country?' by Neil Young. George Jones had a hit with 'Bartender Blues' by

James Taylor. It might be his greatest vocal performance ever!”

"But now I look at the records my sister had - the Jackson Brownes, the Elton Johns - and I

think, 'Okay, now I get it.' There's a lot of great material there. It's all about interpretation."

And interpret, he does. Quite brilliantly, too. It was something Jesse Dayton's been needing.

“I'd done almost five years on tour,” he sighs, “doing two original records back-to-back. I played

on a lotta other people's records. I just needed to take the pressure off, just have some fun. And

that's why this is Volume 1 – what if I need to do this again?”

Jesse Dayton Quick Facts

* 11 studio albums, 2 singles, and one EP as a solo artist

* Collaborations or guest appearances with Doug Sahm, Flaco Jimenez, Johnny Gimble, The Supersuckers,

Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Glen Campbell, and John Doe.

* Past Tours with The Supersuckers, Social Distortion, and X.

* 3 soundtrack collaborations with Rob Zombie, for his films The Devil's Rejects, Halloween 2 (also featuring

Jesse in the role of Captain Clegg), and The Haunted World Of El Super Beasto.

* Over 50 songs licensed to film and television.

* Writer and director of the independent horror film Zombex, starring Malcolm McDowell, Sid Haig, Lew

Temple (from The Walking Dead) and John Doe.