Sibling Duo

"In Layman Terms" is a sibling duo 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.  Cole and Logan are proud inductees into The Brotherhood of the Guitar, an elite group of young guitarists from all over the world.  Their mother, Sandy Layman sometimes joins them on drums.  Sandy, Cole, and Logan rehearse and play regularly in their home and collaborate on writing original songs.  Their dad, Doug, runs sound for them and is a proud fan and roadie.  Music connects them in a way that cannot be expressed with words.  They love any opportunity to share their joy with others. 

Cole Layman

Cole is a rising junior at Warhill High School, where he plays drums in performance band and guitar in the advanced jazz band.  His music drives him.  Cole's guitar and mentors are Ron Lowder of Yorktown and Eldon Sully of Hampton.  He also studies piano and music theory with Vicki Robbins and drums with Norm Frigault- both from 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, JD Silvia, and many more.

Logan Layman

Logan is a rising 9th grader at Warhill High School in Williamsburg where she will be a member of performance band, jazz band, and orchestra.  Logan’s favorite female vocalist are Shemekia Copeland, Bonnie Raitt and Carolyn Wonderland.   Logan studies piano and music theory with Vicki Robbins, of Williamsburg.  She studies double bass with Ken Levett 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 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 dad.  She runs cross country with her brother at Warhill High School.

A Family Affair...

Their musical journey started with their mom, Sandy Layman.  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