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About the ArtistJesse Rhodes is a solo acoustic act, which is not to say to say soft and consonant. The storytelling is confrontational and the voicing abrasive. Like all good art, the overall presentation is not monolithic, but a controlled series of protrusions and reliefs. A diversity of emotion threaded together by bold narrative is essential to theatrical arts and is something Jesse Rhodes strives for constantly in what he calls "theatrical poetry.
Accessible melodies sung with laymen ugliness has a deep history in American poetry, from Emerson to Tupac, and this entrancing style seeps from the very bones of American music: blues, folk, hip-hop. Growing up on a diet of garage-sale records, home-mixed cassettes, and a fake book of traditional ballads, his music ignores genre borders while staying faithful to the spirit of American poetry. For this reason he resists being catalogued and instead places himself in the appropriately broad anti-genre of Alternative.