Hi, I’m Junkyard Jesse. I’m a punk rocker from Anchorage, Alaska and I can officially say I’ve been playing shows for over half of my life (although that’s mostly because I’m getting kind of old). I’ve played in a lot of bands over the years but the one common thread has been the songs I write and perform solo, just me and a guitar.
I grew up on an island in southeast Alaska, and have lived here in the great white north for almost my entire life. Since the a young age, around four or five, I knew that I wanted to be a musician and make that my occupation. By the time I was 13 I’d discovered punk rock, which was a huge uplifting influence for me during a time when I felt awkward and out of place. As I grew older, my tastes expanded into many, many other genres, but I still consider myself a punker to the marrow of my bones.
You might call my music “folk punk” or “singer-songwriter”. Some folks say it sounds like Rancid or Social Distortion gone acoustic. Maybe even Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska” album. I’m highly influenced by other punkers-gone-solo like Joey Cape and Tony Sly. I once played a country bar out in the middle of nowhere and the owner told me “the Bob Dylan of punk.” I’m not sure if I’d go that far, but it was a flattering remark — and might indicate what you’re getting yourself into if we should meet up for a show!
In the summer of 2016, I booked my first ever multi-state tour through Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. I played in some of the best venues (and dirtiest punk houses) that the country has to offer, and the road keeps calling to me. I’m sure that I’ll be out there again soon!