Roads To Hope;
“Crystal was my oldest sister. My only older sibling. I was fortunate to have someone as passionate and crazily talented as my sister Crystal. Not only did she influence my musical journey, rather she was an enormous part of the journey itself. Crystal was a selfless person; she was always trying to help others and would often go without essentials to make sure she could provide for others. As a songwriter, producer and performer I can credit much of my earliest successes to the relationship and influences of my older sister. The first shows I ever put on or produced were as a partnership with my sister Crystal. We would do food drives and punk rock shows to raise money for local charities and create awareness in our community. It sure was a time!
December 12th, 2012 at 12:22am I lost one of the most important pieces of my world. She was 33years old, I knew she would have wanted to so much more. In Crystal’s name I decided that every year I would do a show on her birthday August 11th and donate a portion of all proceeds to a charity in her name.”
Join us this year Sunday August 11th, 2019 at the Red Deer Memorial Centre as we pull out all the stops and deliver an incredible night of rock n roll. Half of all proceeds from this show will be donated to The Mustard Seed’s School Lunch Program and Guitarz For Kidz.
Jesse was born in the city of Lethbridge and raised to his teen years in the southern Alberta farming communities of Raymond and Fin Castle, AB. Jesse's early inspirations include the hypnotic sounds of big-name artists such as Jimi Hendrix, The Black Crowes, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, City and Colour, Jack Johnson, Guns 'N' Roses, and Pink Floyd.
Jesse is a Blues/Rock/folk/Indie performer who has done his fair share of "paying his dues" opening and touring with such acts as: The Lazys, One Bad Son, Doc Walker, The Odds, The Northern Pikes, The Grapes Of Wrath, Monster Truck, The Age Of Electric, The Wild, Holly McNarland, Econoline Crush, Coal Creek Boys, Wild T & The Spirit, Cara Luft, Carson Cole, Clayton Bellamy (of The Road Hammers), Tupelo Honey, Retrograde, The Smalls, and Mcquaig to name just a few.
In 2015 Jesse was awarded the title "Master of Blues Folk Rock" at the 6th Annual Black American Music Awards.
Jesse is known for his funky heavy jam style guitar. Big riffs, an impressive vocal sound all his own and the ability to captivate the crowd with ease. His fans have coined the term "no string solo" as he can be consistently found ripping strings off the guitar like they aren't supposed to be there in the first place.
"Classic rock sound combining elements of Neil Young and Crazy Horse and ZZ Top. So there were plenty of big, dirty riffs and some excellent vocal harmonies."
Richard Amery - LA BEAT
"Whether it's with a band or just him and his guitar, Jesse Roads brings forth a top notch level of artistry. The crowd his muse, the stage his canvas, the music his passion."
Jason Foui - 106.7 The Drive / Death By Foui Podcast
"Jesse Roads is a magnetic rising singer/songwriter with the heart of a poet and an edgy rock voice that will make listeners take notice. He's definitely paving an unique musical road…"
Lana Michelin - Red Deer Advocate
"Jesse was a wonderful guy to work with."