Jesse AinslieMar 28, 2018 Daytrotter Studios, Davenport, IA WATCH INSTEAD

  1. Welcome to Daytrotter00:03
  2. Caroline04:50
  3. City Of Sorrow04:24
  4. Only In The Dark03:33
  5. Back To Texas04:06

Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording by Ian Harris, Video By Jake Lyle, Words by Landon Kuhlmann

Jesse Ainslie's voice is clear, but not overly clear to the point of being glossy—a sweet spot that makes his voice perfect for folk music and storytelling. 

The songs are sturdy, as if carved from a dense wood by a steady hand. They're all original creations that are imbued with the essence of the greats in singer/songwriter music. Jesse's solitary stoicism conjures up every voice that's ever sat down with only a guitar, some words, and a story to tell.

The songs are up-close investigations of themes like the usefulness of memory and nostalgia ("What love is more eternal than a memory?") or reflecting on time that has passed much too quickly ("Two years gone now, it feels like ten"). But the songs are not just simple explanations or lamentations. They involve light just as much as they involve darkness, but the darkness is always easier to see, easier to call forth and focus on. 

What is a memory worth? Is it worth carrying around as it gathers weight from the dust? And do we even have that option? In the simplicity of a heartbreak the true complexities of life are buried. In this session, Jesse Ainslie turns the stone over to see what's been buried.

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