1. Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale.
And the whole smokestack series, really. I’m incredibly lucky to live in Kansas City, where some of the country’s best craft brew is made right around the corner from my house.
2. Clayton Ultem guitar picks. .56mm width, standard shape.
More than any piece of gear, these are responsible for my sound. Picks are to guitar tone what tires are to your car’s performance! Ultems make even old strings sound sparkly. Plus, these babies will literally snap in half before a string breaks. It’s much easier to replace a pick than a string when you’re on stage!
3. Dried Mango. My favorite snack.
I get it at Whole Foods, and it’s incredibly addicting! But I don’t have to feel bad about my habit, because it’s fruit, you know? We buy a bag a week, and it lasts for a day or so.
Jesse Kates sings, plays guitar and writes the songs for The Sexy Accident, a Kansas City band “driven by catchy melodies and smart, real-life lyric-writing.” (The Big Takeover.) Download the new You’re Not Alone EP for free!