“A lot of kids are getting millions of hits because they can play Eruption. If you want to impress me, write Eruption”: Jesse Dayton is glad he didn’t have a hit years ago – it might have taken away his freedom

Jesse Dayton performs on Day Two of 2023 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at Fair Grounds Race Course on April 29, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
(Image credit: Erika Goldring/Getty Images)

Jesse Dayton is hard to pin down. Is he blues? Is he country? Is he the one true modern-day outlaw? Maybe; maybe not – and none of it matters to him anyway. He’s been chopping away in decidedly non-conformist fashion since the ‘90s. His solo catalog is sprawling, and he’s worked alongside Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Rob Zombie.

At 57 and having been around the block a time or six, the success of his collaboration with Samantha Fish is no surprise – but what did turn heads was the breakneck speed of that success via 2023’s Death Wish Blues, which nabbed a Grammy nomination.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.