Chris Layton
Chris Layton
Christopher "Chris" Layton is an American drummer who rose to fame as one of the founding members of Double Trouble, a blues rock band lead by Stevie Ray Vaughan. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, Layton moved to Austin in 1975 and joined the band Greezy Wheels. He later joined Vaughan's band Double Trouble in 1978.
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    FORTIES
  • 2003
    Age 47
    In 2003, Layton formed Grady with leader Gordie (a.k.a.
    More Details Hide Details Grady) Johnson, and has worked with many other artists including Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson, and Susan Tedeschi.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1995
    Age 39
    Layton appeared with Shannon in a tribute to Vaughan broadcast on Austin City Limits in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Layton and Shannon also released their first solo album, Been a Long Time (2001), and featured many special guests such as Dr. John and Willie Nelson.
  • 1990
    Age 34
    Layton would continue to record and perform with Vaughan and Double Trouble until Vaughan's death on August 27, 1990.
    More Details Hide Details He said of his death: "Stevie meant everything to me musically. His death was the worst thing that ever happened to me." Following his death, Layton and Shannon formed the Arc Angels, with guitarists Doyle Bramhall II and Charlie Sexton. In 1994, they formed Storyville with David Holt, David Grissom, and singer Malford Milligan.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1978
    Age 22
    Layton's roommate, sax player Joe Sublett, recalls how Layton met Stevie Ray Vaughan: On September 10, 1978, Layton joined Vaughan in Double Trouble, taking the name from a song by Otis Rush.
    More Details Hide Details After Tommy Shannon replaced Newhouse in 1981, Double Trouble performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in July 1982, where their performance caught the attention of Jackson Browne. The band's debut album, Texas Flood (1983), was recorded in Browne's studio and became a commercial success. The album was produced by John H. Hammond and sold over half a million copies by the end of the year.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1975
    Age 19
    After attending Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Layton moved to Austin on December 18, 1975, joining the band Greezy Wheels.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Born
    Christopher Layton was born on November 16, 1955 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details During his childhood, Layton lived in Mathis, Texas, a small community where his father owned a car dealership. After hearing Chubby Checker's version of "The Twist", he became fascinated with playing the drums. Layton moved back to Corpus Christi and acquired his first drum set at the age of 13. He graduated from W. B. Ray High School, where he was part of the school band. He recalled that it was "pretty formal instruction", saying: "I had to learn how to read music and play with a group of people. When I got into high school, I actually stopped playing for a while. I got into surfing and hung out at the beach a lot."
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