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Jesse Dayton, "May Have to Do It (Don't Have to Like It)"

Life is full of inconveniences that social decorum obliges us to go through with: Get out of bed in the morning, comb our hair, go to work. Even, you know, go to war. Austin guitarslinger Jesse Dayton turns that begrudging sense of duty into an utterly relatable motto on the latest song from his upcoming album The Outsider, "May Have to Do It (Don't Have to Like It)." The song rattles and hums its way to a scrambled, barbed-wired guitar solo and a grim, alcohol-related prognosis from the doctor. Will Dayton change his ways? Maybe, but he sure won't want to. J.G.

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