Through his decades-spanning career, Jesse Dayton has become one of the music industry’s best kept secrets and valuable weapons with a sound that blends rock, blues, old school country, punk-rock and zydeco. On Mixtape Volume 1, Dayton offers his own reinterpretations of songs from iconic artists including Neil Young, The Clash, Elton John, ZZ Top and more. Listen to his SoCal country-rock version of the Jackson Browne’s “Redneck Friend”

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A lot of this stuff was what I liked as a kid,” says modern-day outlaw country icon JESSE DAYTON of his new album of cover songs, Mix Tape Volume 1.

“Some of it is from super-early on, before I was even thinking about playing music. They're just songs I would hear on the radio in my sister's old '62 Rambler she would take me to school in. I'm hearing...