Lex Browning was born and raised 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”. A new project is in the works.
Lex and his family have moved to Tucson where he performs with Winfield Flatpicking champion Peter McLaughlin, The Tusconics, the Sonoran Dogs, Greg Morton and his own solo show every Friday night at La Cocina.
Update: Lex is honored and excited to join Poco with the great Rusty Young, Jack Sundrud and Rick Lonow