Jesse Dyen reaches in through your
ears, grabs you by your wit, and quickly dives into
your memory. His songs explore the strengths and frailties
of the human condition, describe an evolution of indulgence
and asceticism, and employ his remarkable voice to orchestrate
a melodic, soulful brew.
In a world where marketing and media
often take the place of substance, Jesse stands out
as a lesson in sincerity. His spirited voice quickly
turns heads. His songs are literate, both musically
and lyrically…instantly familiar yet wholeheartedly
unpretentious. He plays keyboards, guitar, bass, percussion,
harmonica, and various kitchen utensils, and pours spoonfuls
of vocal harmony into the mix.
Following various self-produced home-burned
collections, Jesse has teamed up with Producer/Drummer
Andy Kravitz to record Contents Under Pressure, his
first full-length CD release. With the aid of some of
Philadelphia’s finest musicians, the vintage equipment
at the Brickhouse, and a few of Jesse’s hard-disk
bedroom recordings, they have crafted a radio-friendly
sound that quickly sinks its hooks into your brain.
SHAMELESS NAME DROPPING SECTION:
Andy Kravitz has engineered and/or
played drums on records by Taj Mahal, Joan Osborne,
Spearhead, Billy Joel, and Cyndi Lauper. Pete Donnelly
plays bass with Graham Parker, as well as The
Figgs. Scott Bricklin is a member of 4
Way Street, and is one of the most sought after
studio musicians in Philadelphia. All of the above are
producers and engineers in their own right, and all
have performed with Simon Townshend. Jay
Davidson has toured with Whitney Houston, is on
records from Aerosmith to Amy Grant, and is currently
on the road with the Funk Brothers.
Jesse has been performing solo shows
in the San Francisco Bay Area since he moved there in
1997, accompanying himself on both piano and guitar.
While living in Philadelphia he played keyboards with
Matt Sevier, and then in Slide, which made a record
with Grammy Award-winning producer David Ivory (Erykah
Badu, The Roots). These bands opened for Dave Matthews
Band, Ben Harper, Matthew Sweet, Gov’t Mule, Derek
Trucks Band, Jimmy Buffet, Peter Himmelman, and even
Hootie (at the Bayou in Washington, DC).
On the West Coast he has performed
with Grandaddy, Chuck Prophet, Barbara Manning, and
Bob Forrest. He plays keyboards in a Bay Area jazz/funk
band called Happy
Turtle, and has appeared on albums by Walter
Earl and Warheads, to name a few.
Jesse has been collaborating with his
brother, Jeremy Dyen (Fathead, Blivit)
on a project that should be released later this year.
He has also stage-managed many concerts around the United