The sounds on Jesse Dayton’s new album The Revealer bounce from country to rock to blues with an ease and punk-fueled spirit that shows the Texas native has been steeped in those genres for decades. It’s a stripped-down affair, full of skillful and searing guitar that’s made him a favorite collaborator for Americana peers young and old, including Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, as well as Social Distortion’s Mike Ness and current tourmates the Supersuckers. All that outside work seems to have pushed Dayton’s own songwriting in positive directions, as The Revealer revels in personal, emotional tales, not kitschy retro-by-numbers tropes. The man is a headliner in his own right, but next week he’s opening for fellow hillbilly hellraisers Supersuckers.
— Dan Nailen