Jesse James can be called many things: custom car and bike builder, producer, author, television host, and restaurateur. And yes, it’s true, he is a descendant of the Wild West’s original outlaw. But the way Jesse likes to best describe himself is as “a glorified welder.” Reluctant about his “celebrity” status, Jesse has never understood what all the fuss is about and, while proud of his accomplishments, remains humbled and grateful for his success and loyal fanbase.
Several years ago, Jesse became part-owner of Austin Speed Shop and, to showcase this endeavor, Discovery Channel launched Jesse James: Outlaw Garage in November 2012. The show not only focuses on the resurrection of classic cars from the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s but also on the meld of man and machinery in the specialty shop.