"In Layman Terms" is a sibling duo hailing from Williamsburg, Virginia. They have a passion for the blues and write original, foot stomping music. Cole Layman, 16, and Logan Layman, 13, have been making music together for as long as they can remember. Their chilling vocal harmonies and unique use of foot percussion make for a gritty, soulful, and unforgettable performance. Logan was named "Blues Kid of the Year" in 2013. She is known as the little girl with the BIG voice, and BIGGER bass lines. Cole has found his niche playing coke bottle slide in standard tuning. He is a proud inductee into The Brotherhood of the Guitar, an elite group of young guitarists from all over the world. Their mother, Sandy Layman. and their best friend, Kevin Marks, sometimes join them on drums at their non-acoustic shows. Sandy, Cole, and Logan rehearse and play regularly in their home and collaborate on writing original songs. Music connects them in a way that cannot be expressed with words. They love any opportunity to share their joy with others.
Cole and Logan Layman also play with local youth in a band with their best friends, The UnXpected. To find out more about The UnXpected, visit their website at www.theunxpectedband.com
Cole is a sophomore at Warhill High School, where he is a member of the advanced jazz band. His music drives him. Cole's music mentor is Ron Lowder, of Yorktown, and he studies piano and music theory with Vicki Robbins, of Williamsburg. 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 JD Silvia. Cole enjoys nature and likes to camp, hike, and spend time outdoors observing wildlife. Cole was the first inaugural Youth Ambassador for GenerationOn, a youth service organization. He was honored at Radio City Music Hall where he was awarded the title of “Action Hero” by Hasbro Toy Company for his service efforts.
Logan is an eighth grader at Toano Middle School in Williamsburg. Logan’s favorite female vocalist is Shemekia Copeland. She admires and looks up to Bobby BlackHat as her “stage craft” mentor! Logan studies piano and music theory with Vicki Robbins, of Williamsburg. Ron Lowder is her all- around mentor teaching her bass, vocal skills, and discipline. 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. In her free time she volunteers at a therapeutic horse-riding center called Dream Catchers and at a local animal shelter called Heritage Humane Society. She also likes to draw, paint, cook, ride mini-bikes and play video games with her brother and her dad. She enjoys riding on the back of her mom's Harley on their Sunday family rides.
Holding it down......The duo's mom, Sandy Layman and their best friend, Kevin Marks sometimes play drums for them. Their musical journey started with Their mom. They used to spend hours jamming with her in their basement. She started taking the kids to open mics in the DC area, which led to gigs for their family band. When they moved to Hampton Roads the siblings enrolled at The Academy of Rock Music in Newport News where they met Kevin. They instantly became friends. Sandy Layman would invite Kevin to their In Layman Terms shows and he would sit in on a few songs. Now, they are inseparable!