First at Four: Jesse Stockton & Dream Machine release new album

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - "No Hope for Humanity" is the second album from singer and songwriter Jesse Stockton.

When asked about the album's name, Stockton said, "I felt like it fit in the time period that we're in right now."

Still, he thinks it's a hopeful album.

"It's a reflection on our politics and our societal views and what direction are we heading in," Stockton said. "Maybe we should fix that. Maybe we should take a look at it."

Stockton, who grew up in Matthews, NC, said his music mentors are Doc Watson, Levon Helms, Jeff Tweedy, Miles Davis, Jim Morrison and Thom Yorke.

When it comes to songwriting, Stockton said the songs come to him like a lightning strike.

His album with the Dream Machine is available at

The band is playing at the Palm Room in Wrightsville Beach on April 29.

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