DOGTOOTH VIOLET

Dogtooth Violet

Played Houston, Texas and surrounding states in the 70’s, brought together at Rice University in November of 2017 for the Houston Folk Music Archive (sans Marty Smith, RIP), now working on a remixed and remastered CD release of our 1975 album, live performances and new material. Coming out of retirement, so to speak...

Layton DePenning

Austin, Texas guitarist and vocalist.

Coming out of Tyler, TX in 1965, Layton started his musical career playing frat houses while attending classes at The University of Texas at Austin. He penned and performed his first hit song, "Visions", released on Sonobeat Records with local group The Lavender Hill Express in 1969. He was heavily involved in the creation of the "progressive country scene" in Texas in the early 1970s working with the likes of Willie Nelson, Rusty Wier, Michael Martin Murphy, Jerry Jeff Walker and BW Stevenson, on whose hit album, "My Maria", he appeared in 1974. He first worked with the Denim group when it was called "Traveler" replacing Jerry Crow in 1978. Since that time he has been involved in audio engineering and music production with his companyElmo’s Lab, song writing and studio vocal work as well as the Denim effort to the present.

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