Standing at the crossroads of twang and tremolo, Rich Layton & The Troublemakers play high-octane American music, harmonica fueled and swampified. 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!

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Rich Layton & the Troublemakers: Tough Town
Rich Layton & the Troublemakers: Tough Town

Gulf Coast Swampadelic Rock 'n Roll

Here's the original lineup performing the CD title track at the 2011 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival. Thx to David Jester for the video!

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)

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 onstage with Lyle Lovett - Maryhill Vineyards - 07/17/2010

Hangin' with Miss 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 the bus after Lu's show at the Crystal Ballroom last fall.