Jesse Dayton releases "Baby's Long Gone," a finger-picking ode to a "Cajun girl from Beaumont town"
Released today, Jesse Dayton unveils his latest single, “Baby’s Long Gone" - a soulful, finger-pickin’ country-blues masterpiece produced by Shooter Jennings. The haunting vocals tell a personal, poignant tale of a ‘Cajun girl from Beaumont town’ who has departed from this earthly realm. As the song unfolds, around the midway point, it accelerates, putting on display Dayton’s remarkable guitar prowess with finesse and flair.
“The song was written about my ex-wife, an amazing Cajun girl from my hometown of Beaumont, TX, who sadly passed away during Covid,” explains Dayton. “She was the head of Antone's blues record label in Austin, so I wanted to memorialize her with an East Texas-style country blues song about the good times. ‘Baby’s Long Gone’ was basically cut live in the studio with all the musicians in the same room. I had been listening to a lot of East Texas country blues like Mance Lipscomb and Lightnin’ Hopkins, and wanted that vibe on the record.”
Dayton has spent a majority of his career as the music world’s best-kept secret, hiding in plain sight. A true renaissance man, Dayton’s resume is as diverse as it comes, having lent his guitar playing skills to an array of artists ranging from legendary music icons Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings to rock and roll hell-raisers Duff McKagan and Glenn Danzig. He’s toured with X, the Supersuckers and Social Distortion.
His most recent collaboration with blues siren Samantha Fish threatens to undermine his covert profile once and for all. Their Jon Spencer-produced duet album, Death Wish Blues, landed them a #1 Billboard Blues chart position, the cover of Vintage Guitar magazine, sold-out shows across the globe and a brand new GRAMMY® Award nomination in the Contemporary Blues Category, a first for the Texas-bred Dayton.