If you wanted to celebrate reaching the 50-year mark as a performing musician, how would you do it? Burlington’s Rick Norcross has spent the past three years getting ready for just such a celebration and here’s how he did it. Recording a brand new CD, titled “Riding MyGuitar” set for release at the end of May, he has booked an extensive tour of over a dozen of Vermont’s largest festivals and special events with his longtime eight-piece group, Rick & The Ramblers Western Swing Band, and, with the support of his fans, has restored both his longtime tour bus, a 1957 Flxible Starliner, and his custom built 1973 D-45 guitar.
Rick’s biography, “Riding My Guitar – The Rick Norcross Story,” written over a three-year period by noted Vermont author Stephen Russell Payne, was published in late May. And, oh yes, a show of Rick’s music star photographs taken during his days as the Tampa Times music writer from ‘69 to ‘74, is making the rounds of art galleries in Vermont during 2013. The show, sponsored by PhotoGarden, features his photos of Elvis, Janis Joplin, Mick Jagger, Johnny Cash, Led Zep, Elton John, and many others.
Riding My Guitar – The CD. “Riding My Guitar” serves up 12 songs, eight written by Rick. They are songs that hold special significance celebrating the people and places he experienced playing music over the past 50 years, early on as a folk singer during the 60s, touring extensively in England, Holland, Ireland and the East Coast out of Tampa, Florida, all the way into northern Canada. And for the past 35 years, as frontman/band leader of Vermont’s premier western swing band, Rick & The All-Star Ramblers.
Listen to short clips from Riding My Guitar:
Don’t Make Me Beg
Full Moon Full of Love
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