Jesse Daniel

with Hooks & The Huckleberries
Thursday, August 24, 2023
Doors 7 | Show 8
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It is no secret that Jesse Daniel puts on one hell of a live show. With his top notch band, he’s been touring the country for years and earning fans the old fashioned way; with honest songs played well. The California native is blazing the trail for a new wave of traditional artists, bringing his hard core country music to stages all over the US. There are many making traditional country music in modern times, but there is no one making it like Daniel. His sound is uniquely his own, while rooted in the tradition of his Bakersfield heroes like Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. This one-of-a-kind sound has earned Jesse a place at the table among the best of the country music world and has garnered the support of his contemporaries and fans alike. Over the past few years, he and his band have toured and shared stages with artists like Colter Wall, Tyler Childers, Sierra Ferrell, Charley Crockett, American Aquarium, Turnpike Troubadours, Shane Smith, Mike and the Moonpies, Raul Malo and many others. Jesse’s touring schedule has taken him and his band over 50,000 miles in 2022 alone and this year they aim to surpass that by a longshot. Touring this extensively can be tough on a band, but it has proven to be what truly makes a band great. There is nothing that will make a group tighter than grinding it out on the road, night after night, club after club. That is why Jesse and his songwriting partner, fellow band member, manager and fiance Jodi Lyford decided it was time to make a live album.

“My Kind Of Country Live at The Catalyst '' was recorded in front of a sold out crowd at Santa Cruz, CA’s biggest live music venue. It’s the only album made at The Catalyst since Neil Young & Crazy Horse recorded “Touch The Night - Santa Cruz 1984” on the same stage. This was a monumental achievement for Daniel, considering he used to work as a stage hand and security at the venue years ago. He played his first ever show at the tiny upstairs bar and spent years battling addiction on the very street that The Catalyst resides. “The Catalyst was kind of as big as it gets in my world. I grew up there, going to shows, playing shows on their smaller stages. To headline the main stage, let alone sell it out and make a record there, is a huge accomplishment for me and I’m forever grateful to my Santa Cruz County friends, fans and family for supporting what we do.” said Daniel. What better way to thank the community that raised and supported you than to make a live album with them.

This recording includes songs from all three of Daniel’s studio albums - Jesse Daniel (2018), Rollin’ On (2020) and Beyond These Walls (2021), as well as his own hometown rendition of Homer Joy’s country classic “Streets Of Bakersfield”, made famous by Dwight Yoakam and Buck Owens. When the band breaks down you can hear every soul in the room shouting, singing along and celebrating the phrase that they themselves coined - “My Kind Of Country”. This captured live performance showcases Daniel and his band’s live energy and transports you directly to that place in time, as if you were there for it all.

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Hooks & The Huckleberries

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Hooks & The Huckleberries are on a hellbent tear to greatness. Their cross-genre concoction of Americana, Country, and fierce rock roots delivers fans a soulful, magnetic, and boot-stomping good time. Fabled frontman and rebel son-of-a-preacher, Adam Hooks leads the four-man show from the gritty high deserts of New Mexico, whose poetic performances have earned them reverence from a growing and eclectic fanbase through the band’s relentless efforts on the road.

Their eagerly-awaited second album, 'For the Love of Whatever,' emerged from mastermind producer Matt Pence's (Jason Isbell, Nikki Lane) Echo Lab studio in Denton, Texas. This new collection of songs has the band exploring emotive sonic depths of striking songwriting, driven by Hooks' lyrical prowess and lead guitarist Joshua Lee's virtuosic blend of roots guitar styles infused with space-age sounds and dreamlike textures. The stage-shaking rhythm section, featuring drummer Dustin Hoag and bassist Ryan Martino, brings a level of raw energy and excitement that elevates every track.