Band Performance Bio
Rich Layton & Tough Town are keepers of the flame for American roots music. It's high octane swamp rock, country, rockabilly and the honky tonk blues echoing from an East Texas roadhouse. The band has a signature sound that sits right alongside such eclectic artists as Marty Stuart, Dave Alvin and Lukas Nelson. 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.
Rich Layton - vocals & harmonica | Larry McCoy - guitar & back-up vocals
Haus (Eric Krabbenhoft) - bass | Charles Pike - drums & back-up vocals
Together over a decade now, the band has released three albums and received multiple local awards while performing regularly 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 long-time friends Lucinda Williams, Dale Watson, Buckwheat Zydeco (R.I.P.) and more.
A Few Live Show Testimonials
With roots in the Texas Gulf Coast, Layton and his band bring the real deal to the NW and know how to use it – they’re a great live act!
– Music Street Journal
Y'all were fantastically professional and knew exactly how to rev up that crowd. Really an inspiration to watch such talent in action...
– Portland Summer Concerts
WOW!! What a show!! The opening act [for Junior Brown] was Portland’s Rich Layton. His set was filled with rompin’, partyin’ roadhouse roots rock at its best. – Positively Entertainment
Booking: Rich Layton
Publicist: Janelle Rogers
Label: Never Lucky Records
Contact: Wes Youssi
Reviews / Press Links
Houston Chronicle Feature Article – Click here
Album Review: Oregon Music News – Click here
Album Review: Washington Blues Society – Click here (see page 17)
Album Review: Cascade Blues Association – Click here
Single Review: Americana UK
– Click here
Press Release for Salvation Road, 1st Single from the album – Click here
Press Release for Live to Rock, 2nd Single from the album – Click here
Salvation Road Album One-Sheet 424 KB
Stage Plot - Rich Layton & Tough Town74.1 KB