Layne Putnam hails from South Dakota near the Black Hills, and the isolated mountain range laid the bedrock for her sound. Growing up, she developed a penchant for arts, culture, and architecture. That combined with the fact that her father, Kenny Putnam, spent years touring with country icon Roy Clark makes it it seem inevitable that Layne would become a musician.
“Music has always been the constant in my life,” says Layne Putnam. “It’s always been there for me, and it always will be. It’s always been my purpose and reason and the one thing that no one could ever take away from me. Growing up until now, it’s been my power, my identity, and my best friend.”
Upon moving to Los Angeles, Layne connected with drummer Alexander Rosca, himself a transplant from Portland, Oregon. Together they crafted their heartfelt take of indie pop powered by moody, emotion-laden rock. The result is The Black Hills EP.
“This EP is a collection of songs written over the past year and an introduction to LAYNE. I’m excited to share this music with you and the KROQ listeners. We’ve been fans of the station ever since we moved here 3 years ago,” says LAYNE.
Take a listen to the EP below and pick it up when it’s available August 26th:
Layne’s “Topical” is currently featured on this week’s Locals Only Playlist.