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Jesse Jay Harris is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter based in Austin Texas. On most nights Jesse can be found playing his Telecaster and singing with his band or working as a sideman supporting other artists. Playing the wide open style called Honky Tonk music. With influences across the spectrum, jazz, rock, and country, players from Django Reinhardt to Johnny Greenwood have all been influences. Jesse has toured across the US and Europe with his own band and as a member of Rancho Deluxe for whom he produced 3 well received albums that have been heard often on Outlaw Country on Sirius Satellite Radio and was featured on FOX's Bones.
Music was a part of Jesse's family growing up, his father Greg Harris was a member of the Flying Burrito Brothers in the years following Gram Parson's untimely death. Jesse spent afternoons watching his dad play with greats like Sneaky Pete Kleinow and Garth Hudson among others. Greg's bluegrass roots have always been a cornerstone of the family music tree, whether it's pickin' after a sunday dinner, or on a festival stage, Bluegrass music was a strong part of Jesse's early development and stands today as a touchstone for both his writing and playing. Jesse would go on in later years to appear at several of the west coast's largest Bluegrass Festivals flatpickin the guitar and singing tenor for Cliff Wagner and the Old Number 7, which at the time was a successful Stanley Brother's style bluegrass band driven by the writing, singing, and playing of Greenwood Mississippi's own Cliff Wagner.
Although the acoustic roots run deep, the electric guitar was always the first passion, from the college age days of playing around in the Chico music scene with musical partner Mark Adams in Northurn Lyghts, sharing stages with some great bands that are still around today, most noteably The Mother Hips, for which Jesse had the honor of filling in for Greg one day due to a little van trouble.
After the Chico years, Jesse returned to Los Angeles and worked as a session player and sideman, appearing on several releases from the CMH label. These records featured Jesse playing instrumental tributes to artists like ZZ Top, Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, The Black Crowes and others, for a few, Jesse played the steel guitar, and others were Bluegrass based allowing Jesse to show his skills on guitar, banjo and mandolin. Looking to start a band again in the up and coming Americana scene in Los Angeles, Jesse partnered with longtime collaborator Mark Adams, and this time Jesse's brother Graham was along on bass duties. Rancho Deluxe did well for several years playing up and down the west coast with solid followings in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and California's central coat.
After years of recording and many shows Rancho Deluxe took an extended break and Jesse continued pursuing his career as both an artist and sideman, releasing two albums to date with a third expected spring 2012. Relocating to Austin in 2012, he continues to please honky tonk audiences with his brand of swingin country rock mixed with some hilbilly jazz, as well as in hot club style bands paying tribute to the great Django Reinhardt.