Drums & vocals
A Spokane, Washington native, Rick is well known on the city’s music scene. Having played with a variety of bands through the years, including a stint in San Francisco, he is well-versed in a variety of musical styles ranging from salsa to jazz to big band. Rick started playing with The Wild West in December 2007.
Born the son of a preacher man, Shane has lived from Florida to Alaska and a few states in between. Shane’s formative years were spent in Montana and Wyoming. This is where he developed a love for the west and the western way of life. Being raised in church with a musical mother, music was always a part of Shane’s life. He picked up the bass guitar at ten years old and was hooked. A music degree, and a marriage, landed him in the Nashville, TN area. As a former barback rider and current owner of American Paint horses, Shane’s passion for the west is still alive. “When I’m atop one of my ponies, my mind is nearly 2000 miles away, and I’m gathering cattle off the Big Horns. I guess Wyoming will always be home for me.” For Shane, the only thing that competes with his western wantons, is laying down a good “cowgroove” for Wylie and The Wild West.
Although currently residing in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Sam is a Wyoming native. His family has lived within site of Elk Mountain for five generations on ranches and in neighboring towns. Sam’s grandparents met at a Hank Thompson dance in Rock River, Wyoming in the 50’s, so it was inevitable that he would inherit the passion for traditional country and western swing. His father, Scott Platts, has been his musical mentor as well as being a respected luthier. The Platts family owns and runs Stonetree Custom Guitars, and Sam plays guitars made by his father and himself. Being a third generation fan of the Wild West, Sam is proud to be a part of the band.
Erik Fingers Ray
Born, raised and still living in Conrad, Mt, Erik has played professionally in the Northwest for the past 35 years. He and brother Wylie formed their first bands together while still in high school. Performing as a one-man-band, Erik “Fingers” Ray has forged quite a reputation in the Honky-Tonks and other venues throughout Montana. He also ranches with his father Rib and keeps the grub wagon full with a day job teaching High School mathematics. Whenever he can find a spare weekend, he joins the Wild West Show as a colorful sideman playing slide guitar, harmonica and providing general revelry.