Swamp Guy Kayton was born in East Virginia and to North Carolina he did roam. Growing up and living in Deep Creek he stepped foot in the Swamp at an early age when he spent winters trapping muskrats to earn spending money.
His summers where spent riding his bike behind the Mosquito Man and chasing Water Moccasins out of the back yard so it would be safe for his little sister, while shooting his BB gun at the Mud Hens for target practice. Swamp Guy’s music was influenced early on by his mom, Jeanette, who loved Ray Charles and the music of the early 60s. Later, high school friends were a huge influence who turned him on to the likes of John Prine, Little Feat, The Eagles, Taj Mahal, Jackson Brown to name a few. In recent years, influences have ranged from Bruce Springsteen, Lucinda Williams, Mary Guathier to Chris Smither and Greg Brown. Swamp Guys music is rough around the edges and intended to be that way. If you are looking for upbeat foot stomping music, keep on going cause Swamp Guys music is deep, dark and depressing. Songs about pain and heartache from alcoholism in “All for Nothing” to watching the New Orleans floods in “Black Eyed Moon”. Songs from childhood memories like when a couple of friends were killed by a hit and run driver in “Never In A Million Years” to a man who came from the other side of the tracks to do odd jobs, “Walter Sonny”.