- Rock Creek Tavern |
- Thursday, February 14, 2013
- 7 p.m. |
- Free |
- All ages until 10 p.m.
About Lex Browning
Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Lex grew up in a small Kentucky town along the Ohio river, performing on regional radio by the time he was 10. After the Beatles hit, his instrument was electric guitar all the way.
Temporarily dropping out of Portland's Reed College, he played banjo in a bluegrass band in Tennessee, which relocated to Lake Tahoe as the house band for a ski resort. After two days digging his car out of the snow, he returned to college in Portland and started playing fiddle, which became his main instrument for many years.
After graduation, it was back to more bands: celtic, bluegrass, jazz, rock, all kinds of music. Somewhere along the way, he started performing with Marv and Rindy Ross in their band Quarterflash, touring the US and Asia with them. Since then, he and Marv have written and recorded many songs together.
In the early 80's he hooked up with Jeffery Frederick and the Clamtones. Then he got an offer of a record deal so he moved to Nashville to pursue a career in country music. Great players, great times. His band, Great Plains toured the world, made a couple records, released Dancing with the Wind which made the Country Music Top Forty Billboard chart. Lex was also staff songwriter for a couple years and a band member for folks like Tanya Tucker, Pam Tillis, Vince Gill, Kenny Rogers, and Trace Adkins, performing on records and national TV. Played with the Nelson twins, Rickies' kids, and went all over the place watching girls scream themselves silly for Gunnar and Matt.
He also did a stint playing fiddle and mandolin with the Austin Lounge Lizards and contributed an original song on to their CD Never An Adult Moment.
Returning to Portland, Lex played with the Trail Band and hooked up with the Freak Mountain Ramblers, some buddies from the Clamtone days. Along the way he's also performed and written with Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Storm Large (‘Rock Star: Supernova'), zydeco legend Queen Ida and blueswoman Mary Flower.
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