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 and Dale Watson and many more.

Rich Layton - vocals & harmonica 
Tommy Pierson - guitar  | Joanie Formoso - guitar & vocals 
Ryan Ellsworth - bass | Troy Stutzman - 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...)

Downloadable Files

1-Sheet: Rich Layton & The Troublemakers RLTM at-a-glance 1.81 MB
RLTM Stage Plot Guide to instrumentation and gear 183 KB
RLTM Logo (b/w) hi res High res logo for posters 2.16 MB
RLTM Poster /Ad Template Hi-res art for poster, FB graphics, etc. 4.85 MB

Watch the Band in Action!

Music Sampler (downloadable)

Music: listen and download the album title track, a live band track & a live acoustic track. Email to request full album.
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

Contact and Social Media

Phone: 503.381.8171
Facebook  here
Right click photos to download.

Reviews & Press

Album Review: Buko Magazine
Album Review: Music Street
Album Review: 

Rich Layton | Harmonica
2015 Muddy Award Nominee
Cascade Blues Association
Texas Harmonica Tornado
Buddy Magazine (Texas)

No Parole From Rock & Roll!!