Friday, Sept 11 - 6pm
Rooted in transcendental bluegrass, experimental lyrical poetry, and psychedelic freak folk, Jesse Otis Dalton is a writer-singsonger, playwright, and multi-instrumentalist who is based in the musical hub of Austin, Texas. He primarily plays upright bass for MilkDrive and The Deer, as well as for Roger Sellers and the Billy Bright Quartet. His solo project is known as Jesse Otis Dalton vs. the state of texas, in which he plays guitar and banjo, in addition to the upright bass. He has shared the stage with the likes of Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, Danny Barnes, Alan Munde, Kym Warner, Ray Benson, Doyle Lawson, Jamie Oldaker, Jeff Austin, and the late great Slim Richey.
Originally from San Diego, California, Jesse’s childhood imagination was heavily imprinted by visits to Balboa Park with its bizarre architecture, acclaimed museums, and Dr. Seussian palms, as was also by the expansive wonder of the Pacific Ocean and its vast beaches. Jesse spent his formative years in Arlington, Texas where he began playing electric bass and guitar at the age of thirteen. He studied jazz, ethnomusicology, and archaeology as an undergraduate and holds a Master’s of Arts degree in anthropology. As apart of his thesis requirements, Dalton has both worked and studied under the tutelage of the Apalachicola-Creek Indians in northwest Florida for more than a decade.
He has performed notable festivals include Oregon Country Fair, Old Settlers Music Festival, Northeast Kingdom Music Festival, Art Outside, and the Kerrville Folk Festival. His favorite venues include the Belly Up Aspen, Rockwood Music Hall, Freight and Salvage, Nectar’s, Cactus Cafe, Aggie Theater, and The Purple Fiddle. A headstrong Capricorn, Dalton was once bit by a Pacific Diamondback rattlesnake, studied Theravada buddhism in Myanmar, and fully supports the EZLN and the SSA/RCSS.