News: February 25, 2021


        Greetings from snow-covered Rambler Ranch. The Good News – we are less than a week away from March. The Bad News – another couple of months of slowly ebbing Winter temps. We are looking at a balmy 40 degree temperature spike in a day or two. That’s a welcome harbinger of the beginning of Maple Sugaring Season here in Vermont. And that’s a sweet respite from the 16 below zero air we choked down a few days ago.


Press Pass Photos by Rick Norcross in Hardwick Gazette.

    More good news about our “Press Pass” project. My hometown newspaper, The Hardwick Gazette,” ran an excellent review a couple of Wednesdays ago. Gazette writer Sandy Atkins told the “Press Pass” story, chapter and verse and even ran a couple of my photos, Elvis and Merle Haggard, to enhance the tale. Back in the early ‘70s, I was one of three finalists in line to purchase the weekly and for a time, I was editor of the Hardwick Gazette. Thank You for the review, Sandy Atkins. Hometown coverage is the best!

Press Pass photo of by Rick Norcross as seen in Seven Days Vermont.
Seven Days – Press Pass by Chris Farnsworth

And Vermont’s finest and largest weekly newspaper, Seven Days, ran a Q&A feature on me and  “Press Pass” in their most recent edition, out last Wednesday. Chris Farnsworth asked the questions and I stumbled through the answers. If you were not one of their 35,000 regular Seven Days readers who enjoyed Chris’s story, you can still go to their web site at and read all about it in the digital edition. It’s not often that I get a two and a half page story in Seven Days with three of my photos blown up LARGE. There’s Robert Plant of Led Zep, taken on May 6, 1973 in front of 63,000 rabid fans at Tampa Stadium, and then there is Tina Turner, raving at Curtis Hixon Hall in Tampa on October 9, 1971 and standing just to the right on the page, B.B. King at Tampa Stadium on June 17, 1973. Thanks for the visit, Chris Farnsworth. Chris is a musician himself, guitar player, and wrote a great review of our Green Mountan Standard Time CD when it was released.

    A special Thank You to the many people who went to our web site and ordered a copy of the “Press Pass” collection for your very own. I had lots of northern Vermont interest and even a couple of orders from over in New Hampshire. All of the photographs on “Press Pass” are also available for sale and I have had over a dozen orders for prints, mostly  of Elvis, Janis Joplin and Jerry Garcia. Go to our web site, Press Pass Tampa, where our Duchess of Digits, Cheryl Michaels of East Hardwick, has updated the site with prices and sizes for any photos you may be interested in purchasing. I turn these prints and thumb drives around instantly so you can order “Press Pass” and enjoy rare images of those magic music makers of 1969 to 1974 in the intimacy of your own home. Have a look!


    Ace reporter Joe Carroll featured me on his WCAX “Super Seniors” Series on Thursday, January 28th. We had 99 visits to our web site,, immediately following the broadcast, a record number of new friends. If you somehow missed the episode, you can enjoy the “Press Pass” story and the tour of Rambler Ranch again and again on WCAX video at You’ll learn all about “Press Pass” and hear some of the stories about how these shots were taken. 

    Over the past few weeks, “Press Pass” has been featured on Vermont radio and television intervews. Ric Sengeri invited me for a full hour long visit on his “Vermont Viewpoint” show on WDEV Radio Vermont on January 20th. The hour sped by and we had a couple of calls come in from old friends in the radio audience. 

    Here’s an unsolicited review from Tammy from Underhill who bought three “Press Passes” and a print of Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan:

    I am finally carving out time to delve into this Press Pass!   Wow!   I am blown away.  I wish you were here to bask in my elation!   Elton’s butt!  Just for starters!   So many candid ‘in the moment’ images…   I hear the music in my head.  Wow.  Oh, how I wish I could have been there like you were.  It’s still scrolling across my screen as I write this….   I have several friends for whom this would make the greatest gift, so I dare say I will be back to order more.  Kindly alert before availability ends – if it might.  

Rick – thanks so much for putting this out.  It really deserves to be a bound memoir.  

Best wishes 


    Thank You all for reading this post. Warm Wishes to You and Your Family. Spring is on the WAY. Honest! Stay Safe and Be Well, my friends! – 

Ta Ta. Rick

Meet Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band:

Rick Norcross – Vocals/Rhythm Guitar • Taryn Noelle – Vocals • Charlie MacFadyen – Piano/Accordion/Lap Steel • Dono Schabner –  Lead Guitar • Doug Reid – Fiddle • Dave Rowell – Vocals/Bass • Ian Koeller – Drums



• Saturday, July 17th, 2021. Sheldon Old Home Days. Free Afternoon Show. Performance part of an every-five-year town celebration produced by the Sheldon Historical Society in Sheldon, Vermont, just a stone’s throw from the Canadian border. I had a ball playing there five years ago, fueled by Bill Wetherbee’s terrific BBQ Chicken.

News Jan. 26 2021


B.B. King Press Pass Photo by Rick Norcross

    Writing to let you know about another Press Pass media event. WCAX Television’s Joe Carroll spent several delightful hours visiting with me yesterday morning here at Rambler Ranch, taping an upcoming episode of his now classic “Super Seniors” series.  It’s SO upcoming that it will air this Thursday (January 28th) evening on the 6 o’clock news and again on the Friday early morning news. Joe tells me that it will run at 6:40 pm on Thursday. You may think that we spent most of the morning talking about my favorite subject (ME!) but mainly we focused on my “Press Pass” collection of Rock & Roll and Country superstar photographs that I shot between 1969 and 1974 when I covered the music scene in Tampa and central Florida. I’ll post a few more Press Pass photos and a description of the collection below.

    Joe is a real pro and a senior reporter himself over at WCAX, having covered Vermont people and events for over 30 years. So I thoroughly enjoyed touring Joe around Rambler Ranch, which he called a “museum” several times, and look forward to my three minutes of television fame on Thursday. This is not my first exposure (media talk) on WCAX Channel 3. It’s the region-wide CBS Television affiliate, for those of you readng this from outside Vermont. Way back in 1962, I joined my Hardwick Academy classmates for a trip to Burlington to appear on Dance Date, hosted by the beloved TV personality Ken Green. A coupe of years later, I was back on Channel 3 for a Saturday afternoon variety show with Tom Azarian and Bud Boydston, following our tour in Florida where we played at Cypress Gardens and some college dates in November of 1963. See the photo below.

    Please tune in Thursday or Friday morning if you can, to hear more about Press Pass and to hear some of the stories about how these shots were taken. If you are unable to see the broadcast live, simply go to and do a search for the Super Seniors page and there you are.

    A warm shout out with a HUGE Thank YOU to “Vermont Viewpoint” master-host Ric Sengeri over at WDEV who invited me to join him on-air for a whole hour last Wednesday morning between 9 to 10 am on his radio show. Ric is an excellent interviewer and he took me to some places I had forgotten about over the years. If you missed hearing it (please send excuses to [email protected] or simply go to and go to the Vermont Viewpoint page and listen to the show anytime you want. Ric posts his show afterward as a blog. It’s a public service (media talk) for sure.

    And speaking of our web site,, our Duchess of Digits, Cheryl Michaels from East Hardwick, has updated the site with some very exciting new stories and photographs. You can even listen to some of our music. AND you can order “Press Pass” (using our new Press Pass Tampa website) and enjoy rare images of those magic music makers of 1969 to 1974 in intimcy of your own home.Have a look!

    Thank You all for reading this post. Warm Wishes to You and Your Family. Stay Safe and Be Well, my friends! – And tune in to WCAX, Channel 3, this Thursday at 6:40 pm for a Rambler Ranch visit with Joe Carroll featuring my Press Pass collection. Ta Ta.



• Saturday, July 17th, 2021. Sheldon Old Home Days. Free Afternoon Show. Performance part of an every-five-year town celebration produced by the Sheldon Historical Society in Sheldon, Vermont, just a stone’s throw from the Canadian border. I had a ball playing there five years ago, fueled by Bill Wetherbee’s terrific BBQ Chicken.


Greetings Rambler Pals

Eric Clapton
photo by Rick Norcross

A quick note to let you all know that Ric Sengeri has invited me to join him as his special guest live tomorrow morning (Wednesday, 1/20) on his Vermont Viewpoint show on WDEV Radio Vermont. I’ll be featured for the whole first hour, from 9 to 10 am, talking about my “Press Pass” collection of Rock & Roll and Country superstar photogrphs that I shot between 1969 and 1974. Looking forward to talking about pictures on a radio show. Ric is very enthusiastic after reviewing the collection, and as he knows a great deal about and deeply loves music, I’m looking forward to this opportunity to chatting with an excellent interviewer and an all around nice guy, about my latest project.

Leon Russell
photo by Rick Norcross

    I sent a notice around last week to my Rambler Fan Face Book list our and email tree to announce the release of Press Pass this coming week and I want to thank everybody who jumped on board and ordered one right away. Press Passes went out to London, England, Austin, TX and all over the northern reaches of Vermont. I’ll attach a couple of more sample images with this post for your amusement.

    Please tune in tomorrow morning if you can, to hear more about Press Pass and to hear some of the stories about how these shots were taken. If you are unable to listen to the broadcast live, simply go to and go to the Vermont Viewpoint page and listen to the show anytime at your convenence. It will be posted as a blog. Thank you to the Vermont Viewpoint host, Ric Sengeri!

    Here’s another quote, this one from longtime Rambler tour sponsor Dan Dubonnet after his encounter with Press Pass:

    “No one can really argue that the best rock music was created between 1969 and 1974! That’s why it’s still played on the radio as the Classic Rock format in many cities. So when you see the black and white photos of the music greats captured in action by then Tampa Times photographer and music writer Rick Norcross, it brings you right back to that time. You can almost hear the music when you view the pictures! Check out the PRESS PASS collection and relive those great memories!”

     … Dan Dubonnet, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Hall Communications, WOKO/WKOL/WJOY/WIZN/WBTZ

    On a personal note, a dear friend, Mary Gusha, from my hometown of East Hardwick, passed away a couple of weeks ago. Mary was the beloved matriarch of the Cook family (my cousins) and frequently came to our Rick & The All-Star Ramblers shows and brought her huge smile along with her every time. Mary’s obituary was printed in the latest issue of The Hardwick Gazette and I was stunned to see us referenced. It read, “Mary loved the time that she spent with her family and listening to country music, especially Rick and the Ramblers and Elvis Presley.” Thank You, Mary and the Cook Family for sharing that love. Deepest condolences from me and the entire Rambler band to a warm and wonderful soul. RIP, Mary Gusha.

    Thanks for reading this post. Warm Wishes to You and Your Family. Stay Safe and Be Well, My friends! (And tune in to WDEV tomorrow mornng for a pictoral visit)


Press Pass is now available to purchase on our web site at

News Update March 2020

Rambler News Update Disclaimer: I apologize right now for the length of this post. Many wonderful things are happening with the All-Star Ramblers these days and I am writing to share the latest news. It has been several months since my last post so pour yourself a warm or cold beverage, settle back and let me tell you what’s going on! 

Rick Norcross in Tampa Florida

Disclaimer number 2: I fled Rambler Ranch in Burlington at the end of January and am visiting dear friends Rick and Karen Garner here in Tampa and am enjoying their exceptionally fine hospitality. I have finally thawed out to write the rest of the songs for our new CD project. 

This coming Saturday, March 7th, is a big day for Rick & The All-Star Ramblers. One of Western Swing’s most popular radio and internet DJs, the Academy of Western Artists (AWA) award-winning and Hall of Fame personality, the one and only Billy Bowles, host of “Swinging Country” airing at 11 am Saturdays on KSSL in Lubbock, TX, is going to feature the World Radio Premier of our newest CD. Billy will air an interview with me and play his favorite tracks off our album. At the close of Billy’s show at 1 pm, the Academy of Western Artists IndyExpress program, under the auspices of the ever-energetic Dena Wood, will commence the distribution of our album to over 500 Western Swing DJs around the world. 
Billy Bowles also traditionally has the honor of being the first in the country to reveal the final five nominees for the annual AWA Will Rogers Awards in the Western Swing, Pure Country and Western Music categories. 

Taryn Noelle Receives the Will Rogers Award
Taryn – Willie – Rick

This year the 24th Annual Will Rogers Awards ceremony will be held April 9th in Fort Worth, TX, the cradle of Western Swing music. And yes, Billy announced in January that our Taryn Noelle has been nominated for the second year in a row for the “Western Swing Female Vocalist of the Year” award – which she won last year. Rick & The All-Star Ramblers have been nominated for the fourth time for “Western Swing Band/Duo of the Year.” And I’ll be headed to Fort Worth to represent The Ramblers at the awards on April 9th and another visit with our Western Swing Texas pals.
Tune in to Billy Bowles “Swinging Country” on-line Saturday morning at 11 am EST on KSSL and listen to our new music! Thanks, Billy Bowles and Dena Wood of the AWA for these honors.

What would you do if, when the time came to sell your beloved tour bus after 22 years of faithful service, an angel steps forward, buys “The Mighty Pickle” and donates her to Marty Stuart’s Congress of Country Music Museum in Philadelphia, Mississippi? You write a heartfelt tribute song, record a new album dedicated to “The Mighty Pickle” and share this amazing story with the world. That’s what you do!

And that’s exactly what I did after Dave and Boots Wright from Ocala, Florida, purchased the Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band’s tour bus, “The Mighty Pickle” in October. The fact that Marty Stuart is my most beloved country music artist of all, makes the story even more poignant.

The title track, “God Bless The Mighty Pickle,” tells the history of this extremely rare 1957 raised-roof Flxible Starliner, chapter and verse. Many Country Music stars of the 40s, 50s and 60s bought Flxible coaches with which they toured extensively, including Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys, Hank Snow, Flatt & Scruggs, Roy Acuff, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Doc & Chickie Williams and many other popular artists of the day. As a young performer and band member, Marty Stuart spent untold hours touring America in Flxible coaches and has enthusiastically welcomed “The Mighty Pickle” into his family. These days, Country Music stars don’t own their multi-million dollar tour buses, they are leased, unlike the days of “The Mighty Pickle.” This song documents the 22 years this bus traveled through the hills of old Vermont, never failing to reach a show on time. You can even hear the air horns from The Mighty Pickle a couple of times featured within the song.

The Mighty Pickle Gassing Up
The Pickle Gassing Up

In addition, there are three more new songs I have written for this project, “Out In The Cold,” a Vermont Winter weather report, “They Go Faster,” a song about speeders on the Interstate, and “Help Us Find Our Song,” recounting a romantic search for the perfect song for a couple in love.
Rambler songbird Taryn Noelle delivers a stunning vocal performance on the Western Swing smash hit, “Shame On You,” written and recorded by Spade Cooley & His Orchestra. “Shame On You,” was released nationally on Okeh Records on January 15, 1945, and quickly rose to Number One, spent 31 weeks on the Billboard charts and became Spade Cooley’s signature song. Taryn Noelle, accompanied vocally by The Blue Gardenias, breathes new life into this classic song with a terrific instrumental arrangement by Rambler Charlie MacFadyen.

Special guest vocalists, The Blue Gardenias, an acclaimed Vermont jazz trio consisting of Amber deLaurentis, Juliet McVicker and our own Taryn Noelle, make a triumphant and harmonious return visit delivering masterful backup vocals to “Shame On You,” “Out In The Cold” and the title track, “God Bless The Mighty Pickle.” The Blue Gardenias last joined the All-Star Ramblers in the studio on sessions for the “I Rode The Ti” CD, released in 2008. 

The decision was made to release the first five songs in EP format as a taste in anticipation of the upcoming full length album which will be released at the end of May. I am now in Tampa to write the rest of the songs for “God Bless The Mighty Pickle” and upon my return, we’ll complete the CD project. 

Seven years ago, after three years of interviews and research, noted Vermont author Stephen Russell Payne’s biography, Riding My Guitar – The Rick Norcross Story was published in concert with the release of our “Riding My Guitar” CD, celebrating my 50th year as a touring musician (with the same liver). Steve dedicated my biography to his friend, Jonathan Edwards with these words, “For my friend Jonathan Edwards, one of America’s great troubadours. Your songs, support and personal kindnesses have made such a difference and for that I am deeply grateful.”
Back in the 80s, when Stephen Russell Payne was a medical student at UVM, he owned a sound company and had the contract to provide sound reinforcement for Vermont’s top music club, Hunt’s Mill & Mining Company in downtown Burlington… and also for many Memorial Auditorium concerts. It was during this period that Steve and Jonathan became fast friends. Flash forward to two Summers ago, Jonathan Edwards came to St. Albans to help Steve and Marietta Payne celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. Jonathan performed at their wedding. During his concert that evening, he invited me up to play one of my songs and stayed onstage to sing harmony with me. He again invited me up to sing on his encore, Jesse Colin Young’s classic, “Get Together.” What fun!  

Rick & Jonathan Edwards

A couple of weeks ago, Steve and Marietta flew down here to Florida to visit Jonathan and his wife Sandy. Jon sent word with Steve that he’d like to play harmonica on our “God Bless The Mighty Pickle” project. As I have been a steadfast fan of Jonathan Edwards, his songs, voice and wonderful harmonica playing since the early ‘70s, I was both stunned and honored by his amazing offer. I sent him the five completed Pickle tracks so he could hear just what he was getting himself into. Here’s his response:
“Hey Rick, just downloaded your songs and listened once through. Wow! What a great job. Great songs, great singing and playing and terrific production! Congratulations! I would Love to play on this stuff. It’s all really good. We’re driving to Lake Worth tomorrow, I’m going to burn a CD of the 5 contenders and give it a more in-depth listen. Thanks for even considering my participation in this project. All the best! JE.” 
Thank you to, as Stephen Russell Payne so correctly said, “one of America’s great troubadours.” Update to come. Stay tuned.

I want to invite everyone to come visit our booth at the Made In Vermont Marketplace at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in South Burlington on Saturday and Sunday, April 4th and 5th. This is my fourth year representing Rick & The All-Star Ramblers at this terrific showcase of Vermont’s finest food, music, beverages and fun. Our booth is number 423 and we’ll have plenty of our CDs, YES, including the first pressing of the EP “God Bless The Mighty Pickle.” Along with copies of six previous Ramblers releases, including “Taryn Noelle Swings,” my biography, “Riding My Guitar – The Rick Norcross Story” and some of our new “I’m From Vermont – I Do What I Want” edgy buttons. The Made In Vermont Marketplace is a very special Vermont product showcase and the only show we love to inhabit. So please come out, ask about Rambler bookings for your party or Special Event and have a listen to our new music.

I drove out of Burlington on a Friday and arrived in Tampa on Monday morning of February 3rd. I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear the next day that Bobby Miller had suffered a heart attack and passed away. Folks in the Burlington area knew about or knew Bobby and his wife, Holly, as local philanthropists. Indeed his name is prominent on three Champlain College buildings, a community center in Burlington’s New North End, The King Street Youth Center, The Respite House and even a wing of the UVM Medial Center Hospital. There was only one Bobby Miller. From a meager upbringing in Rutland, Bobby was the epitomy of the self-made man and a true Vermont character unlike any other.

Yes, many knew him for he and Holly’s good works in the community, where they donated tens of millions of dollars given from the heart and given freely where they sensed a need and knew they could make a difference. He and Holly have been dear friends for over 40 years. We (Rick & The Ramblers) played for their Birthday Parties for over 30 years and they came to countless Ramblers concerts, grabbed a couple of front row seats and smiled throughout the show. Holly and Bobby were always at our annual end of the year “Last Roundup” concerts at the Hotel Vermont in October.

The Ramblers were honored when the Miller family called and asked if we would play a song at Bobby’s Celebration of Life held the following Wednesday at the Robert E. Miller Expo Hall at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds. I flew back home and joined Ramblers, Taryn Noelle on vocals, Dave Rowell on vocals and bass, Charlie MacFadyen on accordion, and me on vocals and guitar, to play Bobby’s favorite song, “On The Road Again” at the close of the ceremony. RIP, dear Bobby Miller. Vermont misses you already.

Due to a sincere wish to update and freshen up our longtime web site, we have unfortunately not had a web presence for many months. However, thanks to excellent and enthusiastic new energy and support from a high school pal, Cheryl (Luther) Michaels, who recently returned with her husband Gary, to her (and my) ancestral home of East Hardwick, we are back, as of the upcoming magic day, Saturday, March 7th, we’ll be up and running once again! Our new web address is Have a look and let me know if there is anything else you’d like to see on our web site. And a sincere and heartfelt Thank YOU to Cheryl Michaels. You are terrific! 

• Friday, July 24th, Burlington City Arts Summer Concert Series, Church Street, City Hall Stage, 12:30 pm. Free Show. 

Call Rick at (802)355-3531 or email us at [email protected] for Availability & Bookings for Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band or for Rick Norcross solo performances for your special event. Visit our web site,, for current information, news and upcoming Rick & The All-Star Ramblers show dates.


The Mighty Pickle Goes to Heaven


God Bless The Mighty Pickle

“The Mighty Pickle Has Gone To Heaven, Where She Ought To Be 
To Philadelphia, Mississippi, For All The World To See!” 

     …from the Rick Norcross song, “God Bless The Mighty Pickle”

The Mighty Pickle
Now at The Congress of Country Music Museum

    I am exceedingly proud to report that Dave & Boots Wright from Ocala, Florida, purchased The Mighty Pickle and have donated our bus to Marty Stuart’s Congress of Country Music Museum, in Philadelphia, Mississippi, where she is on permanent display. 

    A little about Marty Stuart. Many of you will remember Marty Stuart’s commentaries prominent in most episodes of Ken Burns Country Music series which aired on Public Television in mid-September. Others will know him from his Marty Stuart Show, a television show broadcast for years on RFD-TV, which harkens back in format to the early live audience television shows of the 50s and 60s. Personally speaking, I have loved Marty Stuart for over 30 years as a gifted singer, songwriter, musician and keeper of the traditional country music flame. Marty left his home town of Philadelphia, MI and at 13 years of age was invited to join the Flatt & Scruggs bluegrass band. He spent seven years in Johnny Cash’s backup band before moving on to major label releases of his own on MCA and Columbia Records. One of my favorites, “Hillbilly Rock,” charted in the Top Ten nationally in the early ’90s. This past June, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, joined Chris Hillman & Roger McGuinn at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashvillle for an amazing “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” 50th Anniversary tribute performance which garnered RAVE reviews.

    All along, multiple Grammy-award winner Marty Stuart has been an avid collector of country music memorabilia and his collection has been estimated to number over 200,000 historic items. He is said to own the largest collection of Hank Williams, Sr. memorabilia in existance. Country Music artifacts from his collection have been touring major museums recently, including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Soon they will be housed in his own museum under construction in his own home town. And soon to be joined there by The Mighty Pickle!

    Several Rambler Pals (Cindy Bovat, Barbara Sleeper) have commented that the Mighty Pickle should go into a museum and they mentioned the Shelburne Museum. Earlier I said that I hoped she would stay in Vermont. Well I take that all back! In the “You Can’t Make It Up” category, this is the best thing ever to happen to and for The Mighty Pickle and the best ever home for The Mighty Pickle! I will be forever grateful to Dave & Boots Wright for making this dream (that I never knew could ever happen) a reality.

Another note about Dave & Boots Wright. Back in 2006, the Wrights bought Johnny Cash’s last tour bus and donated that bus to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. What a great hobby, Dave & Boots!