Jesse Daniel – 2023 NMF Sycamore Sessions

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) – The audience was filled with fire as California native Jesse Daniel and his band closed out Friday night at the Creekside Stage. Daniel performed multiple times over the course of the festival, adding onto the impressive 50,000 miles that he has toured in 2023 alone.

In 2018, Jesse Daniel (Die True Records) catapulted Daniel into glow of the critical spotlight. He went on to record and subsequently release his second full-length, Rollin’ On (Die True Records), just as the pandemic and lockdowns were taking effect. Daniel used the pandemic downtime to write what critics have called his most impressive work to date, which he released in July 2021: Beyond These Walls (Die True Records).

For his Sycamore Session, Daniel’s band line up included his fiancée, Jodi Lyford, on backing vocals and percussion; Joey Kukura on electric guitar; Caleb Melo on pedal steel; Eddie B. Salomón on bass; and Kristopher Schoen on drums.

1. Hell Bent (Jesse Daniel) – 0:25
2. Big Fish (Jesse Daniel) – 3:37
3. Soft Spot (for the Hard Stuff) (Jesse Daniel) – 8:40
4. Guitar Pickin’ Man (unreleased) – 14:15
5. Mental Revenge (Waylon Jennings cover) – 17:17
6. Ashes of Love (Johnnie & Jack cover) – 21:19
7. Chickadee (Rollin’ On) – 25:20
8. Bringing Home the Roses (Rollin’ On) – 28:30
9. Mayo and the Mustard (Rollin’ On) – 32:01
10. Champion (Rollin’ On) – 35:14
11. Think I’ll Stay (Beyond These Walls) – 39:20
12. Clayton Was a Cowboy (Beyond These Walls) – 42:53
13. Angel on the Ground (Beyond These Walls) – 46:40
14. Tar Snakes (Rollin’ On) – 50:11 (crowd request)
15. Rollin’ On (Rollin’ On) – 53:52

The Sycamore Sessions are presented by the Nelsonville Music Festival in collaboration with WOUB Public Media and the Ohio University Scripps College of Communication’s School of Media Arts and Studies. The performances were recorded and produced by Media Arts and Studies students under the supervision of Host and Director Josh Antonuccio and Associate Producers – Director of Photography Andie Walla (Media Arts and Studies Associate Professor of Instruction), Audio Supervisor Adam Rich (WOUB), and WOUB’s Arts and Culture Editor Emily Votaw. All performances took place during the 2023 Nelsonville Music Festival, which is a production of Stuart’s Opera House.