Oct 11, 2019 UPDATE

Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band

Greetings, Rambler Pals! Here I thought that last weekend was the peak of our Leaf Peeping Season. But Noooo. As it turns out, thanks to a mild Fall, THIS coming weekend is Leaf Peeping’s peakiest three days. Our highways and byways are indeed teeming with slow-moving carloads of Leaf Peepers, staring intently off the road and into the hills and mountains to marvel at Vermont’s most glorious display of blazing red, orange and golden leaves in a spectacular display of brilliance. And the most patient of “We Vermonters” are also taking in the world-class scenery of Leaf Peeper Season. So I encourage everyone in Vermont to get out this weekend to experience the best of Autumn because very soon it will be Winter… and you know what that means. 

This past Saturday morning, Kenley Dean Squier, longtime host of one of Vermont’s most treasured radio shows, WDEV’s “Music To Go To The Dump By,” played our one foliage song, “Paint It Like A Cow,” a tune off our historic “Can’t Catch A Rambler” CD released way back in 1994. It’s a song that cronicles the Holstein cow art craze that swept gift shops statewide back then. Vermont artist Woody Jackson came up with the black and white cow design that was splashed over everything that “moo-ved.” Well, Ken got so excited about the wacky factor of the song that he called me earlier in the week and invited me to come onto the Dump Show as his guest tomorrow morning. 

So I’ll be on the air (somewhat) live tomorrow on “Music To Go To The Dump By” sometime between 9 & 10 am, Eastern Standard Time. Tune in or stream WDEV on your computer or smart speaker and hear our Vermont foliage tribute song. And Thank You, Kenley Dean Squier, for the invitation to join you and sidekick Jack Donovan on WDEV’s “Music To Go To The Dump By.” It’s always great fun!

Rick & The All-Star Ramblers (that’s US!) will be playing our 6th Annual “Last Roundup” concert in Juniper Hall at the magnificent Hotel Vermont in downtown Burlington next 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. There are now only 10 seats available for this up close and personal show which will sell out for the sixth year in a row. We’ll be warbling our most requested songs and introducing several new songs written for our 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. Door Prizes? We got ‘em! Lots of very tasty dinner gift certificates and Ramblers merch, donated by our tour sponsors and the band. 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. 

Just wanted to thank all the wonderful folks who turned out last Saturday evening for my “Stories & Songs” program at the stunningly beautiful Morristown Centennial Library. This is one of the Carnegie-donated Libraries built in 1913. I got to set up and perform in the Great Room, the first room as you enter the library, complete with four indoor columns, a large, ornate fireplace and fine woodwork you rarely see these days. 

Library Director Gizelle Guyette and her team, the Friends of the Library, rolled out the red carpet and made me feel welcome from the second I arrived until the last bit of equipment was loaded into my car at the end of the visit. And I want to say, Standing Ovations just never get old. I had a ball playing my tunes for a totally new audience of avid listeners. 

On a side note, I have played in 19 Libraries over the past three years and no other Library ever provided such an amazing array of homemade baked goods, cheeses, fruit and fresh apple cider and lemonade for the audience. I mean serious handmade cookies, breads, turnovers, and even healthy snacks. And yes, Gizelle sent me home with a BIG plate full of goodies. 

On a second side note, you Vermonters may remember that last Saturday was clear and pretty darned chilly? After I got loaded up and ready to leave, Gizelle and I were outside the door when she noticed some neighborhood teenagers. She immediately invited them into the warm library for some of the leftover cookies and they immediately
flocked inside. That gesture spoke volumes to me about Gizelle’s big heart and her commitment to community. Thank You, Gizelle for the invitation and for sharing your Library with me.

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

• 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
• Monday, December 31st, First Night North, St. Johnsbury, VT, 
Performance Location & Time – TBA

• 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” (10-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.