Hailing from Macon, Ga., Brian Layson is a songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist whose work has been featured on albums by Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Will Hoge and multiple independent singer/songwriter projects. He moved to Nashville in 1999 and performed as Hoge’s lead guitarist until 2005, also co-writing “Better Off Now (That You’re Gone)” and “Hearts Are Gonna Roll” from Hoge’s Blackbird on a Lonely Wire and Man Who Killed Love albums, respectively. “Better Off Now (That You’re Gone)” is also featured on award-winning country music trio Lady Antebellum’s 2013 release, Golden.
In 2006, Layson joined pop-country entertainer Julianne Hough’s band as lead guitarist and musical director, fulfilling those roles until he signed on with Chuck Wicks in the same capacity in 2008. Layson performed in Wicks’ band through 2009, before he was tapped as lead guitarist by country music superstar, Dierks Bentley.
From 2010-2016, Layson completed several national tours with Bentley and appeared on multiple national television shows with the band, ultimately deciding to retire from the road life in 2016 to spend more time with his family and pursue his passion for songwriting. Layson signed on as a writer with RareSpark Media Group in 2017.