Jesse Taylor is a true American original. An authentic rodeo cowboy, Jesse’s passion for singing and songwriting has taken him to dive bars and honky-tonks throughout much of the West.
His poetic lyrics and haunting melodies capture the flavor of rodeo life with a soulful authenticity. His songs speak powerfully of the American West, of its timeless values and virtues. And they do so in ways that remind us all of the ups and downs in our own lives.
Jesse was born and raised in Arlington, Washington. With his Mom named after a Johnny Cash song and his Dad a team roper and songwriter, Jesse grew up with rodeo -- and music -- in his blood. He began roping at age 3, was given his first guitar at age 4 and rode his first bull at 14. He began writing songs at 16 and two years later went on the road in his pick-up truck with his dog, Sandy. At 22, Jesse recorded his first album, One Chance to Win, in his mother’s kitchen. It contains ten of his original songs.
Jesse spent the past 2 years working on the Hawaiian island of Lana’i. During the day, he led trail rides for resort guests and tended the horses. At night, he’d entertain guests with his singing at The Four Seasons Lodge at Ko’ele. He counts Chris LeDoux, George Strait, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra and Jimi Hendrix among his music influences.
2013 will see Jesse back on the road sharing his music. Through hard work and lean living, Jesse Taylor is living his dream.