Meet The Layman Family

In Layman Terms is a family band from Williamsburg, Virginia.  Cole Layman, 18, and Logan Layman, 15, have been making music together for as long as they can remember.  They have a passion for the blues and write original, foot-stomping music. Their chilling vocal harmonies and unique use of foot percussion make for a gritty, soulful, and unforgettable performance.   Music connects them in a way that cannot be expressed with words.  They love any opportunity to share their joy with others.  The siblings spend most of their time writing original material and performing as a duo, or with their mom on drums.  At times they are also joined by their mentor, Ron Lowder,  on drums. 

The Layman's are thrilled to be returning to The International Blues Challenge in Memphis for the fourth year in a row to play with, and compete against, other acts from around the world.  They went in 2013 and 2014 as a youth showcase and then competed in the solo/duo category in 2015.  This January they will be representing The Blue Ridge Blues Society in the band category with their mom on drums and their friend, Carson Diersing, on harmonica.  Their dream is to one day make it to the finals and play on the Orpheum stage!

Logan was named Veer Magazine's Emerging Artist of the Year in 2015.  She was the Sea Level Singer/Songwriter’s Emerging Artist of the year in 2014.   In 2013, she was named "Blues Kid of the Year"   She is known as the little girl with the BIG voice, and BIGGER bass lines.  Cole is endorsed by Steve Clayton custom guitar pics. Cole and Logan are both proud inductees into The Brotherhood of the Guitar, an elite group of young guitarists from all over the world.  They are Farmer Foot Drum Artists, and are very enthusiastic to endorse their quality foot percussion.

The siblings are passionate about service.  For the past seven years they have been involved with Kid's Care Clubs and  generationOn, a global youth service movement igniting the power of all youth to make their mark on the world. Cole was an inaugural Youth Ambassador for the organization in 2010 and was honored at Radio City Music Hall in New York City for his efforts in using his gifts (music) to leave his mark.  You can find out more about generationOn here -

In their free time the Layman family can be found leading rhythm circles for several populations.  They have started a family business that they call RhythmPlay- In Layman Terms, and they bring the power of rhythm to the community through interactive music and exciting rhythm games and sing-alongs.  ​​


Cole Layman

Cole is a senior at Warhill High School, where he plays percussion in honors performance band and guitar in the advanced jazz band.  His music drives him.  Cole loves the blues. He looks up to legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa, Derik Trucks, Buddy Guy, and many others. He is also influenced by many local greats that have supported his musical journey such as Bobby BlackHat, Herbie D and the Dangermen, Anthony Rosano, and more.

Logan Layman

Logan is a sophomore at Warhill High School in Williamsburg where she plays upright bass in performance band and honors orchestra.  Logan's chocolate lab, Capo, is the love of her life.  She loves animals and looks for any opportunity to find projects that will benefit them.   Logan also runs cross country and track at Warhill High School.  Go Lions!

A Family Affair...

Cole and Logan's musical journey started with their mom, Sandy Layman, who plays drums.  They began jamming in their basement when the kids were just starting out.  She took them to open mics in the DC area, which led to gigs for their family band, In Layman Terms.  Their father, Doug Layman, bought a sound system and learned how to run sound for them.

The UnXpected

When the Layman family moved to Williamsburg, Cole and Logan enrolled at the Academy of Rock Music in Newport News.  There, they met other young musicians and formed the band, The UnXpected.  This band really ROCKS the blues, and they were honored to be named "Best Teen Band" by VEER Magazine.  To find out more about The UnXpected visit