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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.