New album and a new name: Rich Layton & Tough Town are keepers of the flame for American roots music with their high octane swamp rock, country, rockabilly, honky tonk, and blues echoing from an East Texas roadhouse. The band’s signature sound sits right alongside contemporary acts like J.D. McPherson, The Alabama Shakes, and Hayes Carll. Each live show takes audiences for a ride from Sun Studios to Chess Records, from Muscle Shoals to Bakersfield. Rich’s original songs thread seamlessly into the mix, weaving his Gulf Coast roots through tales of rock and roll redemption, harmonica-fueled and swampified. With Salvation Road the band is celebrating their first CD release since 2011 and continuing their attempts at woldwide swampification one neighborhood beer joint at at time, because there is no parole from rock & roll.
Opening the night will be two-time International Blues Challenge semi-finalists Sister Mercy. Led by mesmerizing vocalist April Brown, the band possesses a high energy, blues driven sound that has been bringing high accolades and recognition across the West Coast.
The Secret Society, 116 NE Russell. Saturday, March 23, 9:00 pm. $15.00 advance and at the door, Ticketfly.com.