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. 

NEXT SATURDAY, MARCH 7TH, BILLY BOWLES “SWINGING COUNTRY” WORLD RADIO PREMIERS OUR NEW “GOD BLESS THE MIGHTY PICKLE” CD ON KSSL IN LUBBOCK, TX
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.

RICK & THE ALL-STAR RAMBLERS NEW CD, “GOD BLESS THE MIGHTY PICKLE” 
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. 

JONATHAN EDWARDS MUSICAL NOTE
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.

MADE IN VERMONT MARKETPLACE APRIL 4TH & 5TH
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.

BOBBY MILLER
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.

WEB SITE UPDATE – VISIT RICKANDTHEALLSTARRAMBLERS.COM
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 rickandtheallstarramblers.com. 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! 

RICK’S UPCOMING SOLO SHOWS: 
• Friday, July 24th, Burlington City Arts Summer Concert Series, Church Street, City Hall Stage, 12:30 pm. Free Show. 

NOW BOOKING RICK & THE ALL-STAR RAMBLERS FOR 2020 SUMMER & FALL DATES 
Call Rick at (802)355-3531 or email us at rick.norcross@gmail.com 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, rickandtheallstarramblers.com, for current information, news and upcoming Rick & The All-Star Ramblers show dates.

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The Mighty Pickle Goes to Heaven

NOW HEAR THIS! THE MIGHTY PICKLE HAS BEEN SOLD! 

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 my new best friends, 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. Dave & Boots are sending their close friend, Robert Martin, of Vass, NC, who is a skilled bus mechanic, driver and dyed-in-the-wool country music addict, to Vermont shortly to drive The Mighty Pickle to Ocala. Robert also had the honor of drivng the Johnny Cash tour bus to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. What a great hobby, Dave & Boots! 

God Bless The Mighty Pickle

Rick And the All Star Ramblers Western Swing, God Bless the Mighty Pickle CD Cover
God Bless The Mighty Pickle!

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 Rick Norcross 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 one of Rick’s most beloved country music artists of all, makes the story even more poignant. The title track, “God Bless The Mighty Pickle,” tells the history of this extremly rare 1957 raised-roof Flxible Strainer, 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 all 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.

In addition, there are three new songs by Rick Norcross, “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 February in EP format as a taste to whet Rambler fan’s appetites in anticipation of the upcoming full length album which will be released at the end of May. Rick is heading to Tampa for a month to write the rest of the songs for “God Bless The Mighty Pickle” and upon his return, The Ramblers will finish the CD.

Ramblings – October 27, 2019

THE SIXTH ANNUAL LAST ROUNDUP AT THE HOTEL VERMONT

A week ago today, we celebrated the end of our 2019 Vermont outdoor perfomance season with our sixth-year-in-a-row sold out show at the Hotel Vermont’s Juniper Hall. It’s our annual “Thank You Show” for our treasured Rambler Pals and our family of Corporate Sponsors. This year, we honored our regional radio DJs for playing our Rambler records for so many years. Barb Heller, longtime host of “String Fever” on North Country Public Radio, came all the way over to Burlington from Canton, NY, Jack Donovan from WDEV’s “Outlaw Saturday Morning Show,” Dan Dubonnet, VP and Sr. Vice President of Hall Broadcasting (WOKO) did the intros, Joel Najman, from Vermont Public Radio’s “My Place” and WDEV’s “The Great American Music Hall” was on hand as was Roland Lajoie, Station Manager and host of his “Vermont Country Morning Show” on WLVB in Morrisville. There was a whole section of “kids” from my grade school days in Shelburne, including Mary Lou Coleman who came up from Miami for the show, and another gang from my high school days in East Hardwick. The Addison Country contingent came in full force, including Larry Simino, the former Director of the Vermont State Parks system who booked the Ramblers for 59 State Park concerts over a 10 year period. So, as you can see, by scheduling this concert at 4 pm on a Sunday afternoon, we front-loaded this show with Rambler Pals who really wanted to be there for our end of the year performance. AND everybody went home with a free Ramblers CD to keep them warm over the winter! The All-Star Ramblers and I had a blast Sunday and deeply appreciate everyone coming out for the blessed event. 

You shouldda heard how hot The Ramblers were! What an honor to stand tall with this amazing band: Taryn Noelle from Stowe (dubbed in March the Academy of Western Artists Female Vocalist of the Year) on vocals; Dono Schabner from Morrisville on scorching hot lead guitar; fiddle-wizard Doug Reid from Wheelock, “draggin’ the bow;” Charlie MacFadgen of Burlington on piano, accordian, lap steel and masterful song arrangements; Dave Rowell, the mayor of East Craftsbury, on the super-smooth vocals and bass guitar and second generation Rambler, Ian Koeller from Starksboro, on the rock-steady drum kit. All-Stars ALL.

THE VERMONT COMMUNIITY LIBRARY “STORIES & SONGS” SERIES

On a personal note, I had a wonderful experience playing my “Stories & Songs” solo program in six Vermont Community Libraries since the first of the year. Here’s the list along with a heartfelt Thank You to all these libraries for their incredibly warm hospitality (and their baked goods refreshments):

Lanpher Library, in Hyde Park

Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg

Snow Farm Winery in South Hero (raised $1,000 to benefit the South Hero Library)

Fletcher Free Library in Burlington

Richmond Free Library in Richmond

Morristown Centennial Library in Morrisville

I also had the extreme pleasure of playing in my hometown of East Hardwick in early June for a “Homecoming Concert” which was also a benefit for the fledgling East Hardwick Neighborhood Organization. It was a sold-out show (most of my cousins came) held in a “piece of history” pristine 1913 Grange Hall, complete with pounded tin walls and ceiling. We raised over $1,000 at that benefit too. See the photo. I want to recognize and profusely thank Dan Dubonnet and WOKO (who have graciously sponsored our tours & CD projects for 34 years) for purchasing a Bose L1 compact PA system for me to use on the library dates.

NEWS ABOUT THE NEXT RICK & THE ALL-STAR RAMBLERS CD

We are now planning to record a brand new Rick & The All-Star Ramblers CD over the next few months which will be released in the Spring to support next Summer’s tour of Vermont and the region. Here’s the list of my songs written so far for the project: “Help Us Find Our Song,” “They Go Paster,” “Out In The Cold,” “Broke Again” and “God Bless The Mighty Pickle.” Cover song? Yep, the Spade Cooley hit tune, “Shame, Shame On You.” I can’t get that melody out of my head! More titles to come. Stay tuned.

MUSIC TO GO TO THE DUMP BY

The warmest Thank You to Kenley Dean Squier, grand pooh-bah of Radio Vermont (and a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame) for having me on his classic WDEV Radio show, “Music To Go To The Dump By” two Saturdays ago. I figured he’d have me on for maybe 10 minutes and that would be it. But noooo. Kenley had me on the air for the entire hour of his show, played four of our songs off the ”Welcome To OUR Vermont” CD and he had me sing on his hymn of the day, ”Dropkick Me Jesus” with Kenley, Farmer Dave and Jack Donovan. What a thrill! Thanks, Kenley Dean Squier!

THANK YOU TO OUR RICK & THE ALL-STAR RAMLERS  FAMILY OF SPONSORS

 I know this is a dreadfully LONG Social Media post, but now that our 2019 seaon is in the rear view mirror, I need to recognize and thank our longtime family of Corporate Sponsors so that you all know who has made it possible for us to keep this wonderful band rolling through the (once – Fall is here) green mountains of our Vermont for so many years. Let me list them and encourage you to do business with them when you can and to share with them how much you apprciate their supporting our Vermont Music. They are NorthCountry Federal Credit Union, WOKO Radio, REM Development, The Hotel Vermont, The Courtyard Marriot, The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Dona’s Car Store/Hardwick and The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. Great Rambler Pals, each and every one!

What a Week!

RICK’S UPCOMING SOLO SHOWS: 

    • Sunday, November 24th, Great Vermont Barn Dance TV Show Taping w/ Rik 

      Palieri, Hinesburg Town Hall, 1 pm. Free Show

    • Sunday, November 24th, Folk Talk TV Show Taping w/ Rik Palieri, 4 pm, WBTV

NOW BOOKING RICK & THE ALL-STAR RAMBLERS FOR 2020 SUMMER & FALL DATES 

    Call (802)355-3531 or email at rick.norcross@gmail.com for Availability & Booking details for Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band or for Rick Norcross solo appearances for your special event. 

October 3, 2019 UPDATE

Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band UPDATE
Greetings, Rambler Pals! This weekend is the height of our Leaf Peeping Season. Vermont enjoys two extra seasons beyond the four everyone else has. We have Mud Season in the Spring when the snow melts, and this weekend’s Leaf Peeping Season. This is Leaf Peeping’s busiest weekend. Our highways and byways are teeming with slow-moving carloads of Leaf Peepers, staring intently off the road and into the hills and mountains to take in Vermont’s most glorious display of blazing red, orange and golden leaves in a spectacular display of brilliance. And it’s not just touristas from out of state haunting our roads, it’s a Vermont tradition to take in the world-class scenery of Leaf Peeper Season ourselves. So I encourage everyone to come out on Saturday (the weather will be sunny) and enjoy the spectacle. And please be kind to the slow driving Leaf Peepers. 

STORIES & SONGS AT THE MORRISTOWN CENTENNIAL LIBRARY 
I’ll be performing a solo “Stories & Songs” program on Saturday, October 5th (why, that’s the day after tomorrow!) at the Morristown Centennial Library, a free show commencing at 7pm. I am looking forward to bringing my songs to Morrisville, a scant 20 miles down the road from my ancestral home in East Hardwick. I have played my Stories & Songs program in Vermont Community Libraries all over the region and I sincerely enjoy the intimate audience settings that Libraries provide. I play many of the songs I have written for our Rick & The All-Star Ramblers recordings and share the back stories behind the songs, frequently taken from historic Vermont people and places. 

I’ll be introducing several new songs and playing many familiar tunes that our good friends at WLVB there in Morrisville have been playing on-air for many years. Roland Lajoie had me on his “Vermont Country Morning Show” this morning on WLVB for a warm and (I am sure) interesting visit talking about Saturday’s Morrisville show. I’ll attach my view of Roland in the WLVB studio this morning. It’s always good fun to visit with Roland who claims he’ll be there in person Saturday evening at 7 pm for my show. The Morristown Centennial Library is located, at 7 Richmond Street in downtown Morrisville – (802)888-3853. 

REMINDER: THE SIXTH ANNUAL LAST ROUNDUP AT THE HOTEL VERMONT
Rick & The All-Star Ramblers will be playing our 6th Annual “Last Roundup” concert in Juniper Hall at the magnificent Hotel Vermont in downtown Burlington on Sunday, October 20th at 4 pm. This is our last Ramblers show of the “2019 Taryn Noelle Female Vocalist of the Year Victory Lap Tour of Vermont” concert season. Presently, there are only 20-odd seats available for this up close and personal show which will sell out for the sixth year in a row. We’ll be singing our most requested songs and introducing several new songs I have written for an upcoming CD project.

We have invited and will introduce our regional radio pals who regularly spin our records over the airwaves… and there’ll be special guests to help celebrate this concert many consider our best show of the year. There are always lots of Door Prizes generously donated by our tour sponsors. Advance tickets are $15 each ($20 at the door if there is room) and, as always, everyone gets a free Ramblers CD with each ticket. Call (802)864-6674 for advance tickets to The Last Roundup. 

UPDATE: THE 2019 BIG E SETS AN ALL-TIME ATTENDANCE RECORD
I mentioned in last week’s Rambler post that on Vermont Day, Big E CEO, Gene Cassidy shared with me that, if the weather held, the 2019 overall attendance of this year’s fair was looking like it may best last year’s 1.6 million record. Even with last weekend’s rainy Sunday, the Big E broke the 102 year attendance record with a total of 1,629,527 people through the gates over the 17 day exposition. The Vermont Day record of crowd of 176,544 certainly helped to push the numbers over the top.

Stay Tuned, Keep Listening and come see Rick & The All Star Ramblers’ Last Roundup… and be sure to come up and say Hello. 

RICK’S UPCOMING SOLO SHOWS: 
• Saturday, October 5th, Morrisville Centennial Library, 7 Richmond Street, 
Morrisville, VT, 7 pm. Free Show
• Sunday, November 24th, Great Vermont Barn Dance TV Show Taping w/ Rik Palieri, Hinesburg Town Hall, 1 pm. Free Show
• Monday, December 31st, First Night North, St. Johnsbury, VT, Performance Location & Time – TBA

RICK & THE ALL-STAR RAMBLERS FULL BAND UPCOMING SHOWS: 
• Sunday, October 20th, The 6th Annual Last Roundup, Hotel Vermont, Juniper Hall, 4 pm, Advance Tickets – $15 – includes a free Rick & The All-Star Ramblers CD – $20 at the door, if available. Door Prizes and special guests. The Hotel Vermont is located at 41 Cherry Street in downtown Burlington. Parking on Sunday, October 20th is free on the street and in the adjacent city parking garage.

Call (802)864-6674 for further details regarding any of these shows, advance tickets for “The Last Roundup” (20-ish tickets left) or to book Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band or Rick Norcross solo for your special event. Please Note: Our Ramblers web site, rickandtheramblers.com, is currently off-line while undergoing a massive redesign and update. Our site will be back shortly with current information, news and upcoming concert dates with the Ramblers.