Four long years in the making, Rick & The All-Star Ramblers are finally releasing their new “God Bless The Mighty Pickle” CD at a Gala Celebration on October 22nd in Juniper Hall at The Hotel Vermont in downtown Burlington. The title song tells how the Ramblers tour bus of 22 years, took a four-year journey from the hills of old Vermont to national stardom. The song, “God Bless The Mighty Pickle,” tells the story of the 1957 Flxible Starliner coach that served as their trusty tour bus, never failing to reach a show on time… and how she ended up as a showpiece at a nationally renowned country music museum. You can even hear The Mighty Pickle’s air horns featured within the song.
After an extensive three-and-a-half-year restoration in Ocala, Florida, “The Mighty Pickle,” now christened “The Chief,” has become a featured centerpiece at Marty Stuart’s Congress Of Country Music Museum in Philadelphia, Mississippi.
And on the new CD, Country Music Hall of Famer and five-time Grammy award winner, Marty Stuart, bookends the title song with personal comments about the “The Mighty Pickle.”
Here’s one of Marty Stuart’s comments, “Rick and the Boys, there they go in “The Mighty Pickle.” Well, our goal is to honor “The Mighty Pickle” and to carry it and give it a new legacy and it is at the right place in MIssissippi… which makes you a part of it,” he said to Rick in a video interview taped in February prior to his sold-out Ocala concert with “The Chief” on display.
Dave and Boots Wright of Ocala, Florida, purchased the Ramblers tour bus in November of 2019, brought “The Mighty Pickle” to Ocala and began the extensive restoration that transformed the coach to museum presentation quality. They invited Rick to Ocala on February 18th, to meet Marty Stuart, the entire restoration team and “The Chief” for the very first time. During the restoration process, Dave had the decorative wooden pickle that was still aboard “The Mighty Pickle” installed on the inside of the baggage room door on “The Chief” to honor “The Mighty Pickle.” As part of the afternoon festivities, Rick was asked to autograph the wooden pickle for posterity.
In addition to The All-Star Ramblers, The “God Bless The Mighty Pickle” CD release party welcomes special guests The Blue Gardenias, Banjo Dan Lindner, Jon Gailmor, Jim Pitman and Coco Kallis of Coco & The Lonesome Road Band. All appear on the new album.
Two songs on the CD honor luminaries of the Vermont country music scene of 50 years ago. Coco Kallis sings her northeastern hit “New England Song” and Rambler Dave Rowell sings the legendary Hardwick fiddler Tony Washburn’s “Love’s Coming Through.” Anson Tebbetts, Vermont’s Secretary of Agriculture, asked Rick to write a song about fake milk… the result – “Moo Cow Milk.” Jamie Lee Thurston flew in from Nashville for a duet on “My Kissing Days Are Over,” a song about the Covid-19 shutdown of Vermont after Governor Phil Scott instructed everyone to stay home. Jonathan Edwards came over from Maine to play harmonica on “Out In The Cold.”
“God Bless The Mighty Pickle” was recorded December 2019 to January 2020 and June 2023 to September 2023 at Lane Gibson Recording & Mastering Studios in Charlotte, VT. Released by Airflyte Records. “God Bless The Mighty Pickle” is available at all Rick & The All-Star Ramblers concerts and online HERE. Hail To The Chief!
Listen to short clips from God Bless The Mighty Pickle:
GOD BLESS THE MIGHTY PICKLE
MOO COW MILK
HAVE A HEART
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