Putah Creek Crawdads
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Putah Creek Crawdads, an acoustic vocal and string band, plays folk, Americana, gospel and bluegrass music.

The Crawdads have been playing around Yolo County and beyond for almost 50 years. Members reside in Davis, Woodland, Knights Landing, Winters and Arbuckle.

A few years ago, at the California Bluegrass Association’s annual music camp, the Crawdads found a musical mentor and friend in Bluegrass musician Keith Little (Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and Keith Little and the LittleBand). Keith has helped the group grow musically over the last several years. Keith is the producer and editor of “Going Back” and our newest CD, “Rolling On.” He arranged for the technical assistance of bluegrass guitarist/sound engineer Jim Nunnally (John Reischman and the Jaybirds, David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and several duos) at Jim’s Music Hill Recording Studio in Crockett, CA.

The Putah Creek Crawdads play at local events including the Davis and Woodland Farmers Markets, various non-profit benefit events and private events as well as for various senior living facilities in Yolo County.

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L to R, Wayne Ginsburg, Kate Laddish, Marc Faye, John Rominger, Cap Thomson and the late Ray Coppock (Photo by Kenny Calhoun)

February 2016 Message from the Band.

February 2016 was a sad month for the Crawdad family. We lost our bandmate and treasured friend Ray Coppock.. He lived a very full life for all of his 93 years right up to the last week, and exited peacefully at home.

Ray sang baritone and played harmonica and guitar with the Crawdads since co-founding it with Marc, Cap and Chip 51 years ago. An enthusiastic performer, Ray particularly enjoyed it when little kids danced to our music at the Davis Farmers Market. His behind the scenes work was extensive. Ray was keeper of the master copy of the book, the binder and computer files with our 120 plus songs and created all of our set lists, including the set list for the gig we played the day he fell ill. He was something of a wardrobe master as well, keeping track of vests and bolos.

Ray's impeccable timing and deep appreciation of language showed in his music, as well as in his delivery of anecdotes and off-the-cuff one-liners.

He always said that "you don't necessarily notice baritone harmonies, but you sure know something's missing when it's not there." Ray, your harmony was the trellis upon which our melodies could climb. We know exactly what and who is missing. And we miss you very much.


Contact us: info@putahcreekcrawdads.com   (530) 666-0678