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Raw. Real. Emotional. Fans of country and soul music will likely find similar words to describe the songs that they connect with in some manner. For Jesse Dayton, whose new "Country Soul Brother" passionately combines the two genres, country and soul are a natural fit. "To me, Ray Price is a soul singer," he says via cellphone from Bastrop, Texas. "Hank Williams was influenced by a black guy. George Jones learned to sing by a black blues guy from Beaumont. Conway Twitty loved Sam and  ...
Jesse Dayton may boast one of the most impressive resumes of any modern country artist not immediately in the public eye. The Texan has done session work with the likes of Ray Price and Waylon Jennings (with whom he's also performed), as well as the Seattle-based punk band The Supersuckers. There have also been opening slots with Merle Haggard, George Strait and former Clash frontman Joe Strummer, among others. There's been movie and TV soundtrack work. And songwriting collaborations with Dale Watson ("Caught" from Watson's first album) and Rosie Flores ("Heartbreak California" from Dayton's latest) round out Dayton's resumZ.  ...

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