Hard driving roots rock – harmonica fueled and swampified!
With powerful vocals and high-energy showmanship, Rich Layton & The Troublemakers dig deep into the rich musical gumbo of the Gulf Coast. It’s the sound of an East Texas roadhouse, where the crowds are a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll – and out on the dance floor all night long.
About Rich Layton. In bands since junior high, singer, songwriter and harmonica player Rich Layton began his serious musical schooling after college with then-girlfriend Lucinda Williams, playing for tips on Austin street corners. When the two moved to Houston, Rich became house harp player for Anderson Fair, the inner city club that was home to Lu, Townes Van Zandt, Nanci Griffith, Lightning Hopkins, Lyle Lovett and many others. Rich pays tribute to Lucinda on Track 7 of the T-Makers’ debut album Chop Shop Pit Stop with a stark and intense version of her song, “Still I Long for Your Kiss.”
As a songwriter, Rich cites influences as diverse as John Hiatt, Robbie Robertson. Bruce Springsteen, Rodney Crowell, Dave Alvin and the host of little known Texas singer/songwriters that he grew up with. Rich’s songs span a wide range of familiar styles and themes, while remaining distinctly original. His characters learn their lessons the hard way and wouldn’t trade them for anyone else’s.
The Lone Star State’s leading music magazine honored Rich as one of six Texas Harmonica Tornados, a list that included such luminaries as Kim Wilson and Delbert McClinton.
In a special category he calls "Died-And-Gone-To-Heaven" are performances with rock ‘n roll legend Bo Diddley and with long-time friend Buckwheat Zydeco. Rich also takes the stage with such musical pals as Lyle Lovett, Dave Alvin, Dale Watson and many more when their tours hit the Northwest.