Lex Browning was born and raised in Maysville, Ky, a small town on the Ohio River where the Browning family has lived since 1820. As a child, he fell in love with the local bluegrass and country music being performed and at age 7 successfully begged enough to get a guitar for his birthday. He and his brother Christopher were performing on local radio stations by the time Lex was 9. By age 11 he had wheedled a banjo out of his grandmother and soon incorporated that into the family band. The family sang at home and at church and grade school and after hearing Bob Dylan and the Beatles Lex was writing his own songs.
He attended Reed College in Oregon where he was far more interested in playing music than studying so he picked up mandolin and fiddle. A year off spent performing in Gatlinburg Tennessee convinced him to become a professional musician. Gigs with many local bands soon followed as did a stint as fiddle player for Queen Ida the zydeco accordionist for whom he wrote the song “C’est Moi (which has been featured in the Scottish independent film, “Road to Lafayette”); then came the move to Nashville where he was member of the band Great Plains, a staff songwriter, session musician and fiddle player for Tanya Tucker, Pam Tillis, and Trace Adkins. He has also worked with Kenny Rogers, the Nelson twins, Quarterflash, and many other musicians of note.
Returning to Portland, Lex quickly resumed work with his old friends from the Holy Modal Rounders (featured In the film Easy Rider)and continues working today with the Freak Mt Ramblers, Jenny Conlee-Drizos and Troy Stewart of the Decemberists and as a solo singer/songwriter. He was a founding member of the Trail Band and has appeared on countless albums as well as his own solo venture “Good Rain”.
From 2018 - 2020, Lex was recruited into legendary band POCO, to join in the Buffalo Springfield linage.
Peter McLaughlin is an acclaimed acoustic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, performer, recording artist and music instructor. He plays many genres and styles, specializing in acoustic flatpicking and fingerpicking techniques. Originally from Washington DC, Peter has lived in Tucson since 1983. He won the National Flatpicking Guitar Championship in 1988 after placing second in 1986.
Peter later toured for seven years with singer-songwriter, Laurie Lewis as well as long-time friend, Tom Rozum. In 1992 Chris Brashear moved to Tucson. He and Peter struck up an immediate and lasting friendship and a strong musical bond and began performing and recording together. Since 2011, Peter and Brian Davies have performed with Arizona-based bluegrass band, The Sonoran Dogs. In 2013 Peter was inducted into the Tucson Musicians Museum.
Brian Davies is a founding member of the TAMMIE award winning Crystal Ridge Bluegrass Band. Brian honed his skills in the LA. rock scene, and has done session work for A & M records, toured as an opening act for Peter Frampton, Missing Persons, and most recently opened concerts for Ralph Stanley, Sam Bush, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, with his various rock, bluegrass and zydeco bands. Brian has produced and engineered several CD projects for Arizona artists, and in 2008, co-produced and co-engineered a project with special guests Sam Bush, John Cowan, Roland White, Brad Davis, and Peter Mclaughlin. Brian has also engineered soundtracks for the local Tucson television programs "The Desert Speaks" and "Man Alive." First runner up in the “Bass” category for the Tucson TAMMIE Awards in 2004. For over 25 years, Brian supported KXCI 91.3 FM community radio underwriter through his dental practice.
In 2014 Brian was inducted into the Tucson Musicians Museum.
We often add Tucson's amazing talent, Alvin Blaine, to our shows, and perform as a 4 piece.