Raised in Beaumont, Texas near the childhood home of George Jones, Jesse Dayton grew up on the hardcore honky tonk of Jones, Hank Williams, Sr. and Lefty Frizzell.
During the late ’80s and early ’90s, Dayton fronted two rockabilly bands, the Road Kings and the Alamo Jets, playing around the state in honky tonks and dive bars. After beginning a solo career, he played support slots at shows by Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings. He even appeared as the bandleader in a Pam Tillis video. Dayton then signed to Justice Records in 1995, released “Raisin’ Cain” that same year and also appeared on the Willie Nelson tribute record, Twisted Willie. Dayton’s songs also appeared in the FOX-TV series Melrose Place and in the film Curse of the Starving Class. In Fall 2000, Dayton issued “Tall Texas Tales,” “Nashvegas” followed in 2001 and “Country Soul Brother” in 2004.