With Nixon, Roper served mainly as an instrumentalist. He commonly played instruments such as the washboard and the mandolin. After parting ways with Nixon in 1989, Roper released two albums (one under the name of Skid Roper And The Whirlin' Spurs). These had a much stronger country influence, and were considerably less raucous than his work with Nixon. Roper also formed a surf band called Skid Roper and the Shadowcasters.