Tuesday, 8-20-19, 11:30- 12:30 am
The Arizona Senior Academy Building
So many talented musicians flock to the Tucson music scene, where a fluid mix of bands often form and re-form as musicians jam with each other and create new bands from those encounters. The Arizona Senior Academy reaps the benefits of such combinations by featuring bands whose members let us know about new bands to bring to our audience.
One such local band, “Canyon Currents,” is making its debut at the ASA. Guitarist Peter McLaughlin is joined by multi-instrumentalist Lex Browning and bassist Brian Davies. McLaughlin and Davies, as members of The Sonoran Dogs, were joined by Browning at the “Dogs” last ASA appearance when Lex filled in for an ailing player. The three have now joined together to form Canyon Currents.
1988 National Flatpicking Champion Peter McLaughlin is an acclaimed guitarist and songwriter who specializes in acoustic flatpicking and fingerpicking techniques. While attending Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, he formed the acoustic band Flying South, playing bluegrass and early swing era jazz. In Tucson since 1983, he has played in various bands including The Titan Valley Warheads, with whom he occasionally continues to play, and The Sonoran Dogs, which he formed in 2011.
Renowned songwriter Lex Browning has written for and played with Tanya Tucker, Vince Gill and Kenny Rogers as well as zydeco legend Queen Ida. College years took him to Portland, OR, where he worked with the Holy Modal Rounders and continues to work with the Freak Mountain Ramblers. With Tucson now as home base, he tours nationally with the country rock band Poco.
Brian Davies is a founding member of the Crystal Ridge Bluegrass Band who has done session work for A&M Records, produced and engineered CD projects for Arizona artists, and performed with rock, bluegrass and zydeco bands. The bassist for The Sonoran Dogs is an underwriter for KXCI community radio through his dental practice.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village volunteer