When last we heard from Jesse Dee, he was a rising local star in a soul revival that hit its apex in 2007, the year Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” galvanized pop music. That album alone bred a whole generation of singers who sounded like the second coming of Motown and Stax.
To be fair, Dee had already been recording soul music and had nurtured his love of it dating back to his childhood. He remembers listening to doo-wop and R&B on WODS, a onetime local oldies station he grew up with in Arlington. The arrival of Dee’s debut, 2008’s “Bittersweet Batch,” just happened to land him in the eye of a storm that would inevitably give way to another trend in pop music.