Jesse Dayton Premieres New Song, "Hurtin' Behind the Pine Curtain"

If Jesse Dayton's name doesn't ring a bell, don't worry. Chances are pretty good that you've heard a song with his fingerprints on it at least once.

Born and raised on the Texas/Louisiana border, Dayton paid his country and blues dues backing various veterans—Texas blues legend East Mack Minor stands out in particular—in small venues throughout the South. After Waylon Jennings spotted him on a Nashville TV show though, he found himself playing lead guitar for luminaries like Jennings, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Glenn Campbell.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.