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Rich Layton and Tough Town

As Houston-raised Gulf Coast musicians, Rich Layton and co-producer Terry Wilson grew up steeped in multiple genres – garage rock, blue-eyed soul, country, blues, Louisiana swamp pop, and Zydeco. When he began playing harmonica with then-girlfriend Lucinda Williams in Austin, Texas, it turned into a life sentence. After honing their chops on street corners and dives, the two moved to Houston to join the seminal music scene at Anderson Fair. Layton became the house harp player at this inner city club that was home to Townes Van Zandt, Nanci Griffith, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Lyle Lovett, and many other Texas-bred singer-songwriters.

In 1985, the Lone Star State’s leading music magazine honored Layton as one of six Texas Harmonica Tornados, a list that included such luminaries as Kim Wilson and Delbert McClinton. Dubbed “The Duke of Juke,” he was city’s premier harp player and best-dressed musician. After 25 years in Houston, Layton and his wife relocated to Portland where he entered the vibrant NW music scene as a respected harp player. On a tour stop in Portland, long-time friend and mentor Stanley Dural, Jr. aka Buckwheat Zydeco encouraged Layton to start his own band. Not long after that fateful afternoon, Rich Layton & The Troublemakers emerged, playing a high octane blend of roots rock, honky-tonk and more for a growing local and regional audience. Layton also sat in with old friends Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, Dale Watson, and others when their shows would hit town. Recently renamed and signed by Portland’s Never Lucky Records, the band weaves a swampadelic soundtrack for a last chance Saturday night with the upcoming album release, Salvation Road.