Jesse croons Americana


Courtesy of Drew Reynolds

by John Anderson

Courtesy of Drew Reynolds
Courtesy of Drew Reynolds

Having recently released their second record, it’s easy to tell the members of Jesse LaMonaca and the Dime Novels are going to have long, happy careers. Anything but the superficial, shallowly composed quality the name suggests, Jesse and company represent a polished side of the San Diego music scene.

The six-piece Americana band with hints of big-band and a folky twang features deep lyrics, great vocal work and a diverse, complex range of instrumentals. The group plays the gambit, everything from punchy blues to smooth, relaxing music, perfect for date nights or a late summer day.

“The Lament of Tumbleweed Hawk,” Jesse and the gang’s latest record, is a beautiful mix of styles, with something to fit any situation. The album shares its name with its best track. “The Lament of Tumbleweed Hawk” is a soft, sorrowful, understated work of guitar and vocals. Although it doesn’t represent the band’s style as a whole, it shows what kind of sounds the band is capable of.

Jesse LaMonaca and the Dime Novels are scheduled to play Stage 3 (at India Street and Date Street) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday at the Mission Federal Artwalk in Little Italy.

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