From the crossroads of twang and tremolo, Rich Layton & The Troublemakers play high-octane American music. It’s the sound of an East Texas roadhouse, harmonica fueled and swampified.
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The Ballad of Rich and Lu
What a long, strange trip it's been since Rich and Lucinda met in 1974! As their paths have crossed over the years, the conversation always picks up just where they left it. Here's a shot from Lu's in-store performance at Music Millennium, Portland's premier record storel.
So... Lyle Lovett was in town...
Here's Rich trying to take mental notes as Lyle calls the order of solos for "My Baby Don't Tolerate." With eight soloists playing 8-bars each, it's a bit like a round of musical ping-pong when you're onstage with The Large Band.
Rich Layton & Lucinda Williams | Austin '75
Rich Layton & Lucinda Williams at the University of Texas, Austin. 1975.
Some Houston Music History
Rich discussing Tough Town, his early days on the Houston music scene and the evolution of his harp style. Thx to Melissa Noble of KPFT (Part 2 under Video)