Band Bio (short)
Rich Layton & The Troublemakers are keepers of the flame for American roots music. It's high octane swamp rock, country, rockabilly, honky tonk and blues echoing from an East Texas roadhouse. The band has a signature sound that sits right alongside contemporary acts like J.D. McPherson, The Alabama Shakes and Hayes Carll. Each set takes audiences for a ride from Sun Studios to Chess Records, and Muscle Shoals to Bakersfield. Rich's original songs fit seamlessly into the mix, weaving his Gulf Coast roots through tales of rock and roll redemption, harmonica-fueled and swampified.
Together a decade now, the band has released two albums and performs at major festivals and showcase clubs throughout the Northwest. Each year, Rich joins Lyle Lovett as a special guest when Lyle tours the NW. Rich also has played on Portland tour stops by his friends Lucinda Williams, Buckwheat Zydeco (R.I.P.), Dale Watson and many more.
Rich Layton - vocal & harmonica
Larry McCoy - guitar | Haus (Eric Krabbenhoft) - bass
Charles Pike - drums
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Rich Layton Artist Bio
Rich Layton began his serious musical education after college, playing harmonica with then-girlfriend Lucinda Williams in Austin, Texas. After honing their chops on street corners and dives, the two moved to Houston to join the seminal music scene at Anderson Fair. Rich became house harp player at the inner city club that was home to Townes Van Zandt, Nanci Griffith, Lightning Hopkins, Lyle Lovett and many others. (read more...)
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“I heard Rich Layton & The Troublemakers at a little out-of-the way-club one night and booked them for our annual employee gala. Everyone agreed it was the best party we've had in 20 years! ”
— A.B., Human Resources Manager, Multnomah Athletic Club
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Rich Layton | Harmonica
Multiple Muddy Award Nominee
Cascade Blues Association
Texas Harmonica Tornado
Buddy Magazine (Texas)