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Singer, songwriter and lead guitarist, Buck Nickels, learned his cowboy ways at the family ranch in Sonoma, California's Valley of the Moon. He learned to drive in a red, 1955 Ford truck and by the time he was old enough to get his license, he was in the driver's seat of a 1969 Peterbuilt hauling grain for the family cattle-feed business. Western saddles and blue-ribbon rodeo riding were his whole world until that fateful day. While driving his grandpa's 1930s sixteen-cylinder Cadillac across the ranch, Buck heard Bob Wills on the radio and he knew he was destined to be a country star. He found an old Martin at the local pawn shop, 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 replaced the golden grass and oaks of the valley but barbed-wire fences protect the cattle and horses that still roam the ranch. At the end of a long day, Buck leaves his boots and hat by the door, pours himself a glass of private reserve and picks up that old Martin.

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