Buck Nickels and Loose Change with Windshield Cowboys

Singer-songwriter and lead guitarist, Buck Nickels learned his cowboy ways at the family ranch in Sonoma, California’s Valley of the Moon. Western saddles and blue-ribbon rodeo riding were his world…until that fateful day he heard Bob Wills on the radio and knew he was to be a country star. He found an old Martin guitar at the local pawnshop, learned a few tunes, and, by the time he bought his Telecaster, he was writing his own songs and serenading the local cowgirls. Vineyards have since replaced the golden grass and oaks of his childhood valley, but, at the end of a long day, Buck still leaves his boots and hat by the door, pours a glass of private reserve, and picks up the old Martin.

Larry “Loose Change” Cragg changes gears between his pedal steel guitar and vocals as easily as his name implies. By day, he’s a respected guitar repairman and owner of Vintage Instrument Rental in Marin County, California. But as the sun sinks low, Cragg dons a black Stetson, slips on finger picks, and sits down at his trusty pedal steel. At the age of 15, he learned to play bluegrass banjo, guitar, and bass. Not long after his 1967 move from Chicago to the Bay Area, he landed a job as the guitar repairman at Prune Music in Mill Valley, where he found himself working for Carlos Santana, Mike Bloomfield, the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, and other bands of the era. During his 37 years touring the rock-and-roll circuit as Neil Young’s guitar tech, Cragg had the opportunity to play a variety of instruments in bands with Neil Young, Nils Lofgren, Clarence Clemons, and Booker T. Jones. Of all the instruments he ever played—guitar, banjo, dobro, saxophone, keyboard, bass, and harmonica, to name a few—the pedal steel is his favorite.

Bass player “Rawhide Ross” Perry brings versatility and experience to the band. A veteran on bass, guitar, ukulele, and drums, Rawhide is no stranger to the Marin music scene and currently plays bass with Marin rockers, Learning Curve. Rawhide is the great, great, great grandson of James Ross, the founder of the Town of Ross, and is also co-owner of Sunnyside Nursery in San Anselmo.

Drummer CC “Colorado” Dawson grew up in the Rockies, spent some time in Texas, and joined his father on several rattlesnake roundups. He studied music at Western State College, and traveled and recorded extensively with his own bands, Darkstar and the Dawson-Tate Band, throughout the 80s and 90s. He spent the past 20 years playing locally with numerous combinations of great San Francisco and Bay Area musicians: David Gans, the Rowan Brothers, Cole Tate, Lynn Asher, and others too numerous to mention.