Singer, songwriter and lead guitarist David “Buck Nickels” Westerbeke learned his cowboy ways in Sonoma, California’s Valley of the Moon. As a little fella, he watched his grandpa work cattle on the family ranch and soon had his own horse and saddle. One day, while driving his grandpa’s 1930s sixteen-cylinder Cadillac across the ranch, Buck heard Bob Wills on the radio. He knew he was destined to be a country star. After attending college in Colorado, he returned to the SF Bay Area and, while working at the family business and raising his own family, played with many musicians including the Frank Biner Band and the Crocodiles.
Pedal Steel player Larry ‘Loose Change’ Cragg changes gears as easily as his name implies. A respected guitar repairman and Neil Young’s guitar tech by day, as the sun sinks below the horizon, he dons his black Stetson, slips on his finger picks and sits down at his trusty pedal steel. Growing up north of Chicago, Larry moved west during the summer of 1967 and soon found himself immersed in the San Francisco music scene. Whether performing, or working behind the scenes, music has been Larry’s life. He has played banjo, pedal steel, keyboard, saxophone and more in many of Neil Young’s changing bands. He toured for ten years with Nils Lofgren (of the E Street Band) playing guitar, B-3 and saxophone. He played bari-sax in the Clarence Clemons Band and has played locally with many musicians. His return to playing country began when he was the pedal steel player in The Bulls (Alex Call, Dave Jenkins and Lorin Rowan).
Bass player “Rawhide Ross” Perry brings versatility and experience to Buck Nickels and Loose Change. A veteran multi-instrumentalist (bass, guitar, ukulele and drums) “Rawhide” is no stranger to the Marin music scene. He is currently playing bass with Marin Rockers Learning Curve. He has toured Scandinavia, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand with the Natural Gas Jazz Band, playing drums with the traditional jazz band based in Marin and was a part of the new wave scene playing rhythm guitar for te Young Republicans in the early ‘80s. Ross is the great, great, great grandson of James Ross, founder of the Town of Ross and co-owner of Sunnyside Nursery in San Anselmo.
Drummer CC “Colorado” Dawson grew up in the Colorado Rockies, spent some time in Texas, and joined his father on several rattlesnake roundups. He studied Music at Western State College, traveled and recorded extensively with his own bands Darkstar, and the Dawson-Tate Band through the 80s and 90s. He has spent the past 20 years playing locally with numerous combinations of the great musicians in the S.F. Bay Area; David Gans, the Rowan Brothers, Cole Tate, Lynn Asher and others too numerous to mention!!