Jesse Daniel’s 2018 eponymous release on his Die True Records label is a rollicking, thoughtful, melody-and-hook laden gem of a record that mostly belies an explicit accounting of thepersonal challenges that Jesse has overcome. But maybe the name of his record label gives a hint. Jeff Tweedy famously highlighted in his lyrics to Wilco’s War on War release in 2002, “You have to learn how to die, if you want to want to be alive.” This album feels more like a rebirth, a fresh start filled with acceptance and optimism coupled with matter-of-fact lyrical expression of life’s basic travails that portends a bright songwriting future for the Santa Cruz, California-based artist.
I’ve been keeping a close eye on Jesse’s tour dates to see if/when he can get himself out here toward the Midwest. Given that we are staring Winter right in the eye here in Chicago, it might be better for his West Coast crew to wait until it warms up a bit. However, I am looking forward to getting the chance to see his live show at some point and to continue to track his evolution as an artist.