Jesse Daniel’s Album Release at Moe's Alley, Santa Cruz
The long awaited release of Jesse Daniel’s debut album + special guest, Jake Houston & The Royal Flush is MAY 26th at Moe’s Alley! Don’t miss a night of music, dancing and all out honky tonk celebration! SHOW WILL SELL OUT, BUY TICKETS HERE http://www.moesalley.com/tickets.php?show_id=2698 $9 Advance, $12 Day of Show Doors 8:00 PM, Show 9:00 PM Patio Menu by Jerk House Santa Cruz: http://www.moesalley.com/eat_at_moes.php https://www.jessedanielmusic.com/ “Jesse Daniel plays authentic Honky Tonk country music for the working class. Born and raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains, his sound lends itself to the likes of Billy Joe Shaver, Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, all big influences of his, while maintaining its uniqueness. Having seen his share of hard times, heartbreak, high times and low times, he possesses a coat of thick skin acquired only through a life lived. A must see for any country, rock and roll or plain old music fan alike.” — REDWOOD MOUNTAIN FAIRE Jesse Daniel grew up in the small mountain town of Ben Lomond, CA. Hard times hit and his parents split up, resulting in heavy, ongoing turmoil. Daniel and his brother would help their mother scavenge metal at the local landfill, which she would weld and sell at the flea market, to put food on the table. The winters were long and cold in the converted barn the family called home, making the summer season a respite to look forward to. “I learned at an early age what it meant to work hard, and to endure.” Said the singer of his youth. His father, a talented musician and songwriter, instilled the importance of music in Daniel from an early age. He began pouring himself into music as a form of refuge, finding just that in the realm of punk rock. “I felt like there was a group of people who understood what I carried around on my shoulders… and they were just as pissed as I was.” A gifted drummer, Daniel played in numerous punk bands. This introduced him to life as a traveling musician as well as steadily increasing his drug and alcohol consumption. The singer dropped out high school, to play music and work a series of menial jobs. “I was so lost…” he said nostalgically, “I became a garbage can. Any drug I could get, I’d take, until I found heroin. After that it was a wrap, that’s all I wanted to do.” Music quickly took the back burner. “I started getting arrested and missing shows, to the point where I sold my drums just not to get sick. I traded everything for nothing.” The next several years would be a series of stints in rehab, jail and homelessness. The lyrics of “Soft Spot (For The Hard Stuff”, off of his self-titled release, ring true: “Some people call me crazy, some people call me stoned, others say I’m strung-out destined just to be alone.” Not knowing how to live without the very thing that was killing him, the singer made his way back to a Lower Ocean Street motel, and walked by a thrift store window with a stacked TV display. He saw a group of older homeless men watching a Rock & Roll band play on the public access television station through the glass. “They’re pretty good!” one man said. Looking closer Jesse realized man playing on that TV screen was his father. Returning to the motel room with the other junkies he noticed the TV set was blaring in the background. An infomercial came on about a classic country CD collection, and Buck Owens played “Act Naturally”. “I was mesmerized…” as Daniel put it, “Nobody else was interested, but it shined this little bit of light into my dark world. I held on to that.” Some years later, while in a rehabilitation facility in Oakland, California, he heard someone playing a Hank Williams tune in the other room. “I had just enough in me to sit in a chair and listen to this guy I didn’t know play.” Daniel said. “I told him I wanted to play like him and he said, ‘Why don’t you?’” It was time to make a change. This was the final event of many that planted the seed in the singer’s brain, and he began to write songs out of sheer necessity. Daniel reflects on bleak feelings of melancholy hopefulness from this time in “Looks Like Rain”, “Time goes on like always, one more time a sad song just like all the rest, I cant rewrite the history books, but I’ll damn sure do my best.” It had taken years of being lost to realize what he was meant to do all along. After getting back on his feet, the singer bought a Fender guitar at a pawnshop for $50 and began writing songs. He assembled a band and began playing bars and clubs, quickly gaining notoriety for his energetic music and rowdy showmanship. “One of the biggest rewards so far has been the opportunity to make new friends and share the stage with other musicians I admire.” Said the singer in reference to playing with heroes of his such as, Wayne “The Train” Hancock and Phil & Dave Alvin. Jesse takes inspiration regarding his musical work ethic from the late Buck Owens “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” With the blood, sweat and tears of past and present, Daniel cut and co-produced his debut self-titled album, playing many of the instruments himself, including all drums, percussion and guitar. The record holds true to Daniel’s character, taking you for a ride through the singer’s life, gritty realism and tongue-in-cheek anecdotes. The album is set to release May of 2018, and he and his band will be touring extensively to support it. He said, “To me this album embodies my journey. I’m grateful to be here, and I’m truly proud of this record. If my story can help anyone going through a struggle of their own, I’ve done my job and paid it forward. Now the real work starts.” “There’s an air of danger when Jesse Daniel shows up at your joint. That good kind of rock n’ roll tension.” - ADAM BERGERON, THE CREPE PLACE Jake Houston & The Royal Flush https://www.jakehouston.com The Royal Flush consists of Jake Houston(Lead Vocal, Rythym Guitar), Drea Ballard(Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals), Shawn Tamborini (Steel), Ivan Gates(Bass, Backing Vocals), and David "Pudge" Gervais(Drums). A tight knit band from Reno, Nevada who love to get your toes tappin'.