Kayton Roberts is originally from Ona, Florida. After meeting Chubby Wise (Hank Snow’s fiddler at the time) at a barbershop in northern Florida, Kayton left his job in the appliance department at Sears to play rhythm guitar with Hank Snow. He moved to Nashville in 1967. The next year he moved to the steel in Hank’s band, and stayed there for the next 30 years. During this time, Kayton toured across the country and around the world with Hank Snow’s Rainbow Ranch Boys, and played on the Grand Ole Opry countless times.
Kayton is a one-of-a-kind steel guitarist, respected by the Nashville music community. After Hank Snow passed away in 1999, Kayton continued to perform, and also worked as a session musician, recording albums with Marty Stuart, Riders in the Sky, Aaron Tippin, Randy Travis, Allison Kraus, George Jones, Hank Williams III, John Fogerty, and many others. On a recent trip to the studio, Kayton played steel on the title track of the Marty Stuart’s “Ghost Train” CD.
On September 1, 2012 Kayton was inducted into the International Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in St. Louis.