Rick and The Ramblers Western Swing Band

MUSIC

VT Song

The Rambers’ song “You Can’t Make It Up,” as heard on the CDs “Riding My Guitar” and “Welcome To OUR Vermont/2,” won the Academy of Western Artists “Western Swing Song of the Year” honors in 2015. Click the link above for a sample clip, or do a search on YouTube to listen to the entire song.

Music Notes

Thanks to Western Swing DJs from around the world and after 55 years of performing, the music of Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band is finally being heard beyond the borders of our treasured home state of Vermont. We are thrilled and humbled to hear our songs beaming back here to Rambler Ranch from Lubbock, TX, Tulsa, OK, Lompac, CA and even London, England and Madrid, Spain these days as well as on our local and regional radio. We deeply appreciate the Western Swing affinity groups and their followers for the recognition we are receiving these days for our music. Having been final nominees for “Western Swing Song of the Year,” “Western Swing Album of the Year” and twice for “Western Swing Duo/Group of the Year” awards by The Academy of Western Artists in Gene Autry, OK, this acceptance of our music has meant the world to us.

But the reality is that we are just a small regional band and we only play within a three hour circle of Burlington, Vermont. And the main reason is that our 1957 Flxible Starliner tour bus, “The Mighty Pickle,” only gets 5 miles to the gallon of gas. Our records are only available at our shows here in Vermont and on a limited basis on-line. If you like our music (and who wouldn’t?), please consider purchasing our records here on our web site and please consider sharing our music with your family and your friends. That’s why we love to play our music and that’s how we make lots of friends. And it helps us gas up “The Mighty Pickle”. Thank You and keep listening.

Taryn Noelle Swings

Taryn Noelle • Vocals
Rick Norcross • Vocals Duet on “You’re Gonna Get Hurt” & “Take Your Time,” Harmony Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Charlie MacFadyen • Piano, Accordion, & Lap Steel
Dono Schabner • Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Doug Reid • Fiddle
Dave Rowell • Harmony Vocals & Bass
Ian Koeller • Drums
Special Thanks to Amber deLaurentis & Juliet McVicker (The Blue Gardenias)Josie Ritter - Harmony Vocals • Buck Maynard - Rhythm Guitar • Brett Hoffman - Drums

Produced by Rick Norcross
Executive Producer - Dan Dubonnet
Graphic Design by Rick Norcross
Art Direction by Jean Hayes
All Songs Arranged by Charlie MacFadyen
Recorded, Engineered and Mastered by Lane Gibson at Lane Gibson Recording & Mastering, Charlotte, Vermont

Song List

  1. The Best Things In Life 2:38 (B.G. Desylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
  2. Right Or Wrong 2:40 (Gillespie/Sizemore/Biese)
  3. There’ll Never Be Anyone Else But You 2:39 (Baker Knight)
  4. You’re Gonna Get Hurt 3:24 (Rick Norcross)
  5. Back In Baby’s Arms 2:34 (Bob Montgomery)
  6. I’m A Blue Baby Now 3:07 (Cindy Richardson/Ava Aldridge)
  7. Take Your Time 3:36 (Rick Norcross)
  8. Swing Of The Range 2:24 (Johnny Marvin/Last Verse - R. Norcross)
  9. Wurlitzer Prize 3:05 (Bobby Evans & Chip Moman)
  10. I’ll Get Over You 4:03 (Richard C. Leigh)
  11. Full Moon Full Of Love 3:15 (Leroy Preston & Jeannie Smith)

“Taryn Noelle Swings” is a musical tribute to their female vocalist, Taryn Noelle, and an album made up entirely of her most requested songs. “Taryn Noelle Swings” is a much-anticipated celebration honoringTaryn for more than a decade of stellar performances with Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band throughout the region. She was invited to join the Ramblers in the Summer of 2007 and, along with her nearly 100 concert performances with the band, she has been featured on four previous Rick & The Ramblers CD releases prior to this album showcasing her heart-melting vocals. “Taryn Noelle Swings” is her first Airflyte Records release and is a true “Best Of” compilation of her most popular recorded performances with the Ramblers. Over his nearly 40 years as a band leader, Rick Norcross has built a reputation for carefully selected the very best musicians available to perform in his “All-Star Ramblers.” Taryn Noelle stands at the front of a short line of elite vocalists that includes Joanne “Little Joyce” Cooper from “Little Joyce & The Sensations” and Shauna Antoniuc (Anderson) of “Belizbaha.”

On “Taryn Noelle Swings,” she delivers stunning vocal performances on 11 tracks, nine covers and a pair of original duets with band leader Rick Norcross. Advance copies of the CD have already returned promising results. Hall of Fame Western Swing DJ Billy Bowles has “World Debuted” one of the duets, “You’re Gonna Get Hurt” on his “Swinging Country Show” on the internet and on KSSL in Lubbock TX. In late April, Miguel Angel Diaz Gonzales named “Taryn Noelle Swings” as one of his “CDs of the Week” on his “When The Cowboy Sings Show” from Madrid, Spain.

Mike Gross, 37-year host of America’s longest running Western Swing Show, “Swingin’ West,” broadcasting on KSEY, Seymour, TX, and KTNK in Lompac, CA, listed “Taryn Noelle Swings” as entering his “Top 10” Chart at Number Eight at the end of April, just one notch above the Ramblers’ 2017 release, “Green Mountain Standard Time,” which has been on Mike’s Top 10 chart for 14 straight months. Regional DJs have already begun airing tunes from the album, incuding Barb Heller, host of “String Fever” on North Country Pubic Radio in Canton, NY, Jack Donovan on “Outlaw Saturday Mornings” and Joel Najman on “The Great American Music Hall on WDEV in Waterbury, VT.

“Taryn Noelle Swings” opens with a spirited Western Swing infused version of the 1927 Broadway tune, “The Best Things In Life Are Free,” the perfect introduction to Taryn’s flawless vocal performances and a great showcase for the All-Star Ramblers’ masterful instrumental support. And 11 tracks later, the album ends with one of Vermonter and founding member of Asleep At The Wheel, LeRoy Preston’s finest songs, “Full Moon Full Of Love,” which gets the blues treatment here. LeRoy is truly one of Vermont’s musical treasures, a longtime Rambler mentor and Rick’s alltime favorite songwriter. In between those musical bookends, Taryn covers Western Swing classics like “Right Or Wrong,” a jazz standard from 1921 that was recorded by Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys in 1936 and hit Number One on the Billboard Charts for 12 weeks in 1984, recorded by George Strait. The Rambler Songbird covers tunes by Patsy Cline, “Back In Baby’s Arms,” Ricky Nelson, “There’ll Never Be Anyone Else But You,” “Wurlitzer Prize” by Waylon Jennings and “I’ll Get Over You,” a song originally recorded by Loretta Lynn’s kid sister, Crystal Gayle in 1976. The Blue Gardenias joined Taryn on “Swing of the Range,” straight out of a 1940 Gene Autry movie, “Rancho Grande.”

“Taryn Noelle Swings” was produced by Rick Norcross who also created the graphic design on the project. All the songs were arranged by Rambler Charlie MacFadyen and all the tracks were recorded by Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band with additional vocal harmonies by The Blue Gardenias and Amber deLaurentis. Distributed by Airflyte Records, “Taryn Noelle Swings” is available at all Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band concerts and here on the Ramblers web site (Shop Music Page).

Green Mountain Standard Time

Rick Norcross • Vocals
Taryn Noelle • Vocals (“I’ll Get Over You” & “I’m A Blue Baby Now”)
Charlie MacFadyen • Piano, Accordion, Hammond B-3 Organ & Lap Steel
Dono Schabner • Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Doug Reid • Fiddle
Dave Rowell • Vocals (You Can’t Take It With You When You Go), Harmony Vocals & Bass
Ian Koeller • Drums
Amber deLaurentis • Harmoney Vocals

Produced by Rick Norcross
Executive Producer - Ken Grillo
Graphic Design by Rick Norcross
Art Direction by Jean Hayes
All Songs Arranged by Charlie MacFadyen
Vocal Harmonies Arranged by Amber deLaurentis & Dave Rowell
Recorded June - October 2016
Recorded, Engineered and Mastered by Lane Gibson at Lane Gibson Recording & Mastering, Charlotte, Vermont

Song List - 30-second samples

  1. Fly Trouble 3:07 (Wilde/Briggs/Rose)
  2. Don’t Do Me Like That With Your Cowboy Hat 2:58 (Rick Norcross)
  3. I’ll Get Over You 4:03 (Richard C., Leigh)
  4. You Can’t Take It With You (When You Go) 3:24 (Rick Norcross)
  5. Texoma Bound 2:49 (Larry Franklin)>
  6. Shelburne Yesterday 4:38 (Rick Norcross)
  7. Green Mountain Standard Time 3:39 (Grant Heywood/Rick Norcross)
  8. Lost In Austin 2:51 (Panama Red/Charlie Williams/last verse by Rick Norcross)
  9. I Love Western Swing 3:39 (Rick Norcross)
  10. I’m A Blue Baby Now 3:07 (Cindy Richardson/Ava Aldridge)
  11. I’m Gonna Take It With Me When I Go 3:24 (Rick Norcross)

“Green Mountain Standard Time” is the Ramblers latest studio recording, released in the Summer of 2017 to stellar reviews from media and fans alike. It’s a masterful collection of 11 western swing songs and a strong follow-up to last year’s national “Western Swing Song of the Year” award from their previous CD release, “Welcome to OUR Vermont/2.”

Five of the “Green Mountain Standard Time” songs, along with two additional co-writes, were written by band leader Rick Norcross. They continue his signature and slightly off-center approach with songs like “Don’t Do Me Like That With Your Cowboy Hat” and “I’m Gonna Take It With Me When I Go.” And as usual, there are two history themed songs. “Shelburne Yesterday” is a sharply focused snapshot of a small Vermont town in the 1950s which recalls many of the same experiences and memories shared by any small town resident during that time in America. “I Love Western Swing” is a tribute to the founders of the Western Swing genre that began in Fort Worth, Texas in the early ’30s.

There are four tasty covers, including Hank Williams’ only western swing recording, his 1947 dismal failure, “Fly Trouble,” already creating a “buzz” from those who have heard the Ramblers’ version. The mighty Ramblers take a spirited instrumental ride on “Texoma Bound,” a terrific Time Jumpers’ finger-bender. Rambler songbird Taryn Noelle delivers a terrific vocal performance on “I’ll Get Over You,” a haunting Richard Leigh song originally recorded by Crystal Gayle in 1976. And further down the album, Taryn nails the classic “I’m A Blue Baby Now,” released in the early ‘80s by The Whites.

Longtime Rambler vocalist and bass player, Dave Rowell steps up to smoothly deliver the gospel-tinged “They Say You Can’t Take It With You (When You Go),” complete with a Hammond B-3 organ accompaniment. This song respectfully celebrates many of the things you can and do take with you when you go. The title track, “Green Mountain Standard Time,” is a co-write that came to the project from longtime Canadian songwriting pal, Grant Heywood. The retro-sounding track tells the story of the 54-year long music career of Rick Norcross and what it means to sing in Green Mountain Standard Time.

Special guest vocalist Amber deLaurentis makes her second Ramblers’ CD visit, joining Dave Rowell on the beautiful vocal harmonies on nine of the tracks and co-arranging the harmony parts with Dave on the entire album. Amber and Taryn Noelle are two thirds of the jazz trio The Blue Gardenias who were also guest vocalists on the Ramblers “I Rode The Ti” CD released in 2008.

Tracks for the “Green Mountain Standard Time” CD project were recorded from June to October at Lane Gibson Recording & Mastering in Charlotte, Vermont. Distributed by Airflyte Records, “Green Mountain Standard Time” is available at all Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band concerts and here on the Ramblers web site (Shop Music Page).

Green Mountain Standard Time Feedback

Great job on Texoma Bound! I really enjoyed your version of my song. It’s always an honor to have one of your songs recorded by someone else and I am glad you are performing it. Congrats on your awards! Keep up the great work! - Larry Franklin, writer of “Texoma Bound,” member of The Time Jumpers, Nashville

Rick - Thank you for including my tune “Lost in Austin” on your latest splendid effort. I am grateful for your addition of the stellar third verse to my tune. I have incorporated it into my own performances. Yer fan, Panama - The Legendary Panama Red, writer of “Lost In Austin,” Nashville

Rick, your new album sounds GREAT! I would like to play a LOT more of it on my show. We really should record an interview, so we can produce a nice profile, weaving your music through it. Congratulations on a really fun album! - Barb Heller, Host of North Country Public Radio’s “String Fever” Show

Rick - I played “Fly Trouble” this morning... as they used to say back in the vinyl days, drop the needle anywhere... this record is that good!!! - Jack Donovan, Host of “Outlaw Country,” WDEV Radio Vermont

Rick, Thanks so much for sending along your wonderful new CD. I personally think that it is the best of them all but you know my partiality. I will of course be using all of the cuts on future “Swingin’ West” shows. I am writing a review of the CD to get out to the publications and on to my website right away to get it that kind of publicity. Good luck with the new album. - Mike Gross, Host of “Swingin’ West,” KSEY-FM Seymour, TX

“It’s virtually impossible not to smile, tap your feet, and let the cares of life melt under the two-step beat of this style of music, especially when Norcross and his crew are performing. Norcross and the Ramblers are staples of the music scene in Vermont and have been for several decades. Norcross has established himself as a fine vocalist, songwriter, raconteur and all-around good guy. He’s kept Texas swing alive in this state and done a lot of performing for good causes.” - Art Edelstein, GMST CD Review, Barre Times Argus/Rutland Herald

Welcome To OUR Vermont/2 - A Musical Tour of The State of Vermont

Rick Norcross • Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Taryn Noelle • Vocals
Charlie MacFadyen • Piano, Accordion & Lap Steel
Dono Schabner • Lead & Rhythm Guitars (Telecaster & D-45)
Doug Reid • Fiddle
Dave Rowell • Vocals & Bass
Ian Koeller • Drums
Jamie Lee Thurston • Special Guest Vocalist (“Welcome To OUR Vermont” & “Hardwick 1961”)

Thank You to these fine Vermont Musicians for stellar performances on these recordings: Shauna Antoniuc, Paul Asbell, Larry Beaudry, Tom Buckley, Big Joe Burrell, Roy Cutler, Alan Davis, Amber deLaurentis, Chuck Eller, Dave Grippo, Kevin Healy, Brett Hoffman, Eric Koeller, Banjo Dan Lindner, Buck Maynard, Juliet McVicker, Chris Peterman, Jim Pitman, Doug Pomeroy, LeRoy Preston, Peter Riley, Josie Ritter, Leo Roy, Julia Shannon-Grillo, Sarah Spencer, Peter K.K. Williams, Chip Wilson and Chris Wright

All Songs Recorded at Lane Gibson Recording & Mastering & Charles Eller Studios, Charlotte, Vermont, except “Paint It Like A Cow,” Recorded at White Crow Audio, Burlington, Vermont
Produced by Rick Norcross
Executive Producer - Bobby Miller
Graphic Design by Rick Norcross
Art Direction by Jean Hayes
All Songs Arranged by Charlie MacFadyen, except “Paint It Like A Cow,” Arranged by LeRoy Preston and “I Heard The Highway,” Arranged by Leo Roy Recorded, Engineered & Mastered by Lane Gibson

Song List - click the title for a 30-second sample

  1. Welcome To OUR Vermont 3:46 (Rick Norcross)
  2. What Goes Around 3:49 (Rick Norcross)
  3. I Rode The Ti 4:27 (Rick Norcross)
  4. Paint It Like A Cow 3:23 (LeRoy Preston & Rick Norcross)
  5. Riding My Guitar 5:34 (Rick Norcross)
  6. You Can’t Make It Up 3:20 (Rick Norcross)
  7. A Grill, A Bumper, Four Headlights & A $50 Bill 2:55 (Rick Norcross)
  8. I Heard The Highway 3:45 (LeRoy Preston)
  9. Shelburne Yesterday 4:38 (Rick Norcross)
  10. Hardwick 1961 3:08 (Rick Norcross)
  11. Green Mountain Standard Time 3:38 (Rick Norcoss & Grant Heywood)
  12. Here’s Yer Hat, What’s Yer Hurry 4:03 (Rick Norcross & Charlie MacFadyen)
  13. You Can’t Get There From Here 3:47 (Rick Norcoss, LeRoy Preston, Paul Asbell, Alan Davis, Banjo Dan Lindner & Peter Riley)
  14. You’re In Heaven 2:47 (Bobby Troup & Rick Norcross)

In early January of 2018, The Academy of Western Artists’(AWA) named the five finalist nominees for the 22nd annual Will Rogers Awards to be held in Fort Worth, Texas on March 15th. Rick &The All-Star Ramblers were nominated by Western Swing DJs from around the world as one of five finalists in the AWA award category, “Western Swing Album of the Year” for this “Welcome To OUR Vermont/2” CD.

Rick Norcross is a songwriter. He writes about what he knows and loves, his life and times in our Vermont. At the urging of executive producer Dan Dubonnet, “Welcome To OUR Vermont/2” has been updated with three new songs, a new cover design and is being released with support from the Vermont Travel &Tourism Department and the Agency of Agricuture who have joined the party to share this musical tour of Vermont. Each CD includes a “Welcome To OUR Vermont” post card.

“Welcome To OUR Vermont/2” is a musical journey consisting of 14 slightly off-center tunes that paint a musical picture of a Vermont seen through the eyes of Rick Norcross, one of Vermont’s most beloved touring artists. He is accompanied by his longtime stellar seven piece group, Rick &The-All Star Ramblers Western Swing Band. The tunes are sometimes wacky, often hilarious and always infused with Rick’s heartfelt love of the Green Mountain State shining brightly through. The front “post card” cover Welcomes listeners to Vermont and the back cover features a map pinpointing where each Vermont song originated, each telling a true story.

Rick’s very best Vermont songs have been carefuly selected from his past seven albums, the earliest one recorded in 1991, Vermont’s official Bicentennial song, “You Can’t Get There From Here,” all the way up to several present day selections from his latest CD “Green Mountain Standard Time,” released just a few months ago to stellar reviews.

In addition to the Ramblers, there are performances by 36 of Vermont’s finest musicians on these tracks, including Paul Asbell, Banjo Dan Lindner, Larry Beaudry, Big Joe Burrell, Tom Buckley, Alan Davis, Chuck Eller, Chris Peterman, Dave Grippo, Amber deLaurentis, Juliet McVicker, LeRoy Preston, Peter Riley, Chip Wilson and many other familiar and respected Vermont players.

“Welcome To OUR Vermont/2” contains eleven of his most requested songs, remastered and updated, along with the added bonus of three brand new songs written especially for this project, “Welcome To OUR Vermont,” “Hardwick 1961” and “Here’s Yer Hat, What’s Yer Hurry.” Vermont country music star and Nashville recording artist, Jamie Lee Thurston came home from Music City, USA for a special vocal appearance on two of the new songs, “Welcome To OUR Vermont” and “Hardwick 1961.”

Hear Rick’s ode to famed Vermont folk artist Woody Jackson, “Paint It Like A Cow,” four road songs, “You’re In Heaven (Cruising Up Route 7),” “A Grill, A Bumper, Four Headlights &A $50 Bill” (as heard on National Public Radio’s Car Talk), “I Heard The Highway,” the only non-Norcross tune on the CD, written by Vermonter, Asleep At The Wheel founding member and mentor, LeRoy Preston, and “Green Mountain Standard Time,” the title track on the Ramblers’ most recent CD, co-written by Eixk and Canadian recording artist, songwriter and longtime pal, Grant Heywood.

Vermont history comes alive in the fact-filled, “I Rode The Ti,” the story of the magnificent Lake Champlain steamboat Ticonderoga, moved two miles overland to the Shelburne Museum in 1955. Rick was on the ceremonial last voyage of the Ti on November 6th, 1954 at nine years of age and in 1998 was invited back to produce The Ticonderoga Party celebrating the unveiling of the McClure Restoration of the Ti which brought over 7,000 people to the Museum to witness the historic event. “Shelburne Yesterday” is a detailed snapshot of life in small town Shelburne in the mid-50s at the same time the Ti was moved. And three of his best songs tell the story of leaving home to understand the value of life in Vermont, “What Goes Around,” “Riding My Guitar” and “Green Mountain Standard Time.”

His most requested song, “You Can’t Make It Up,” relives the memorable experience of buying a formaldehyde-infused corsage at Harold Holcomb’s Funeral Home in Hardwick, the only flower shop in town, for a date to the 1962 Hardwick Academy Junior Prom. That song was named “Western Swing Song of the Year” by The Academy of Western Artists and as a result, quickly enjoyed world-wide radio and internet airplay.

Rick has made more than 1,000 concert performances over the past 55 years, singing his Vemont songs and telling his Vermont stories all over the world, including 59 shows in Vermont State Parks. Both the magnificent Hotel Vermont and the Courtyard Burlington Harbor Hotel, next door in downtown Burlington, have purchased 500 “Welcome To OUR Vermont/2” CDs to place in all their rooms as gifts to their guests.

Welcome To OUR Vermont/2 Feedback

“Rick &The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band is an important element in the musical fabric of Vermont. Rick &The Ramblers have finished their summer/fall season the last few years to sold out, standing room only crowds at Hotel Vermont. We are proud to provide a complimentary “Welcome To OUR Vermont/2” CD to all guests staying at Hotel Vermont and the Courtyard Burlington Harbor. To Rick &The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band - Thank You for the Great Music Celebrating All of Vermont!” - Joe Carton, Chief Operating Officer, Westport Hospitality

“Rick Norcross’s “Welcome to OUR Vermont/2” CD is actually a musical tour of our beautiful state, filled with stories that highlight a lifetime of adventures from Vermont’s most storied Western Swing Musician and Songwriter!” - Dan Dubonnet, Senior VP & GM, WOKO/WKOL/WJOY/WIZN/WBTZ

Riding My Guitar - Celebrating Rick’s 50 Years of Making Vermont Music

Rick Norcross • Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Taryn Noelle • Vocals
Julia Shannon-Grillo • Vocals (I Don’t Want To Play With You)
Josie Ritter • Harmony Vocals
Charlie MacFadyen • Piano, Accordion & Lap Steel
Dono Schabner • Lead & Rhythm Guitars (Telecaster & D-45)
Buck Maynard • Rhythm Guitar
Doug Reid • Fiddle
Dave Rowell • Vocals (Don’t Make Me Beg & Walking Around Money) & Bass
Brett Hoffman • Drums
Lane Gibson’s Ear • Honorary Rambler

Recorded at Lane Gibson Recording & Mastering, Charlotte, Vermont • December 2012 to May 2013
Produced by Rick Norcross
Executive Producer - Ken Grillo
Graphic Design by Rick Norcross
Art Direction by Jean Hayes
Recording sessions fueled by Myer’s Bagels & jalapeno cream cheese
All Songs Arranged by Charlie MacFadyen
Recorded, Engineered & Mastered by Lane Gibson

Song List - click the title for a 30-second sample

  1. The Way We’ve Always Done It (C) 4:05 (Rick Norcross)
  2. Back In Baby’s Arms (G) 2:35 (Bob Montgomery)
  3. Don’t Make Me Beg (D) 3:17 (Rick Norcross & Charlie MacFadyen)
  4. Riding My Guitar (A) 5:39 (Rick Norcross)
  5. Wurlitzer Prize (Eb) 3:06 (Bobby Emmons & Chips Moman)
  6. You Can’t Make It Up (E) 3:27 (Rick Norcross)
  7. Best Things In Life Are Free (C) 2:37 (B.G. DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
  8. Take Your Time (E/C/E) 3:34 (Rick Norcross)
  9. Full Moon Full Of Love (Ab) 3:15 (LeRoy Preston & Jeannie Smith)
  10. I Don’t Want To Play With You (D) 3:16 (Rick Norcross)
  11. Tainted Money (C) 3:36 (Rick Norcross)
  12. Walking Around Money (D) 3:03 (Rick Norcross)

I want to share with you that our new “Riding My Guitar” CD project has been 50 years in the making. I have recorded more than a dozen albums over the years, including three projects that, thankfully, were never even released. Every creative artist that I respect, continually works hard to hone their craft. Thanks to the masterful arrangements, the amazing Rambler instrumental and vocal performances and the relaxed and inspiring studio atmosphere at Lane Gibson Recording & Mastering, “Riding My Guitar” is my favorite album of them all. I am very proud of this CD and I sincerely hope that you enjoy it too!”
...Rick Norcross, Rambler Ranch, Burlington, VT
 

“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 front man/band leader of Vermont’s premier western swing band, Rick & The All-Star Ramblers.

Three songs recount events from his ancestral home town of Hardwick, four songs refer to old time Vermont sayings and one was written by his all-time favorite songwriter, Vermonter and founding member of Asleep At The Wheel, LeRoy Preston. A couple of the tunes are reminiscent of female vocalists from days gone by, sung by one of Rick’s favorite female vocalists of today, fellow Rambler, Taryn Noelle.

The western swing arrangements on “Riding My Guitar” are full and enthusiastic, masterfully crafted by Charlie MacFadyen, Rambler piano, accordion and lap steel player. Vocalist and bass player, Dave Rowell sings two songs on the album, “Don’t Make Me Beg” and “Walking Around Money” and songbird Taryn Noelle has four tunes on which to shine, “Back In Baby’s Arms,”

“Wurlitzer Prize,” “The Best Things In Life Are Free” and LeRoy Preston’s “Full Moon Full of Love.” Eleven year old Julia Shannon-Grillo sings “I Don’t Want To Play With You Anymore,” which, rumor has it, refers to the deadlocked US Congress, but then again, may just be another children’s song.

Fiddle wizard Doug Reid, Rambler alumnus Dono Shabner, on white-hot lead guitar, and Charlie MacFadyen on piano, accordion and lap steel, turn in some of the tastiest section work heard around these parts in a long long time. Buck Maynard on Rhythm guitar, Dave Rowell on Bass and Brett Hoffman make up the rock solid Rambler rhythm section. Mango Jam vocalist and sometimes Rambler, Josie Ritter, joins the party, adding sweet harmonies throughout the album.

“Riding My Guitar” was recorded at Lane Gibson Recording & Mastering in Charlotte, Vermont, December 2012 to May 2013, and is their seventh Airflyte Records release.

Word is that “Riding My Guitar” is the best Rick & The Ramblers CD ever released and a fitting collection of songs to celebrate Rick’s 50 years playing music with the same liver.

I Rode The Ti - Songs From The Heart of Vermont

Rick Norcross • Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Taryn Noelle • Vocals
Charlie MacFadyen • Piano & Accordian
Dono Schabner • Vocals, Lead Guitars (Telecaster & Gypsy) & Rhythm Guitars
Doug Reid • Fiddle
Chris Wright • Vocals & Bass
Rachel Bischoff • Drums
With Special Guest Vocalists The Blue Gardenias: Amber deLaurentis, Juliet McVickers, & Taryn Noelle

Recorded at Charles Eller Studios in Charlotte, VT
Produced by Rick Norcross
Arranged by Charlie MacFadyen
Engineered by Lane Gibson
Mastered by Lane Gibson

Song List - click the title for a 30-second sample

  1. My Bonnie (Traditional)
  2. Swing of the Range (Johnny Marvin/Last Verse: R. Norcross)
  3. What Goes Around (Rick Norcross)
  4. You Got What I Want (Marvin Montgomery)
  5. You're Gonna Get Hurt (Rick Norcross)
  6. Never Be Anyone Else (Baker Knight)
  7. Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! (Rick Norcross)
  8. I Rode the Ti (Rick Norcross)
  9. Right or Wrong (Gillespie/Sizemore/Biese)
  10. Hot Sauce (Ben Patton)
  11. You're in Heaven (Bobby Troup/Words: R. Norcross)
  12. A Grill, A Bumper, 4 Headlights & a $50 Bill (Rick Norcross)

Rambler Rick Norcross celebrated his 45th year in the music business with the 2009 release of a new Rick & The Ramblers Western Swing Band CD titled, “I Rode The Ti.” The CD was recorded in March and April at Charles Eller Studios in Charlotte, engineered and mastered by Lane Gibson. Rick & The Ramblers embarked on a summer long 10 concert “I Rode The Ti” Tour of Vermont performing the songs on the CD to judge audience reaction before final preparation and release of the new album.

“I Rode The Ti” contains 12 songs, six written by Rick, each song holding special significance celebrating the people and places he experienced playing music over the past 45 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 25 years, as front man/band leader of Vermont’s premier western swing band, Rick & The Ramblers.

“I Rode The Ti” relates the history of the last of the opulent Lake Champlain steamboats, the Ticonderoga, a 220 foot sidewheel steamer built in 1906 and moved two miles overland in 1955 to the Shelburne Museum. The Shelburne Museum is one of the nation’s finest, most diverse, and unconventional museums of art and Americana (www.shelburnemuseum.org). Rick’s mother was secretary to the director from 1951 to 1960 and Rick lived inside the museum from the age of six to nearly 16. He rode the Ti both under steam and on the ceremonial “Last Voyage” on November 6th, 1954.

Rick was contracted to produce the 50th Birthday Party of the Shelburne Museum in 1997 and the unveiling of the five year McClure restoration of the Ticonderoga a year later, events that brought a combined audience of 21,000 people to the museum. Both days still hold the top two attendance records. The Ti was Rick’s favorite boyhood playground and you can catch sight of him at ten years old in the film about the 1955 moving of the Ti that plays on board daily at the museum.

“I Rode The Ti” delivers two songs, “Bonnie” and “You Got What I Want,” from Rick’s musical heroes, the Light Crust Doughboys, one of the genre’s most influential groups from Fort Worth, Texas. Rick worked with two of the Light Crust Doughboys from their golden years (1939 -1941), Knocky Parker and Smokey Montgomery, during Easter Week of 1965 and 1966 on Daytona Beach as part of the All-American All-Star Caravan.

Rambler Taryn Noelle, accompanied by The Blue Gardenias, sings her show-stopper, “Swing of the Range,” a song from the Gene Autry movie “Rancho Grande” originally sung by Mary Lee, Rick’s next door neighbor at Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester in 1948. Mary Lee starred in nine Gene Autry movies, three Roy Rogers and several of her own Republic Pictures between 1939 and 1944 before moving to Vermont as the wife of Harry Banan, an Army sergeant like Rick’s father.

“What Goes Around” tells the story of leaving a small Northeast Kingdom Vermont town to “see the world” only to find that the values and quality of life back home hold the most meaning.

“You’re in Heaven” is a parody of the 1946 Nat King Cole hit “Route 66” with a Vermont twist and “A Grill, A Bumper Four Headlights and a $50 Bill” is Rick’s way of scolding the dreaded tailgater. “A Grill, A Bumper Four Headlights and a $50 Bill” received national airplay on NPR’s “Car Talk” on the October 11th broadcast. Both tunes involve “Rambling” up and down Vermont Route 7.

“Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!” talks about surprises we hate and “You’re Gonna Get Hurt” is just another country love song delivered with tongue in cheek. “Hot Sauce” is a sizzling swing tune from the pen of gifted Vermont songwriter Ben Patton and Taryn’s reading of “Right or Wrong” is a fitting tribute to Bob Wills, a founding member of the Light Crust Doughboys.

Rambler songbird Taryn Noelle also performs with Amber deLaurentis and Juliet McVicker as a member of the Blue Gardenia’s, Vermont’s coolest jazz vocal trio ever. They join the Ramblers as special guests on six tunes on “I Rode The Ti.” The Blue Gardenias also perform with Rick & The Ramblers on many concert appearances around Vermont. “I Rode The Ti” is Rick’s sixth album on the Airflyte Records label and his fourth project at Charles Eller Studios.

The “I Rode The Ti” CD project was made possible by generous grants from Bobby & Holly Miller, Lois McClure and the Vermont Council on the Arts.

“I Rode The Ti” is available in Vermont record stores, Burlington’s Apple Mountain and Vermont Folk Instruments on the Church Street Marketplace, Barnes & Noble in South Burlington, The Gallaxy Bookshop, The Flower Basket and The Hardwick Historical Society in Hardwick, Sam Mazza’s Farm Market in Colchester, on line at CDBaby, DigStation, ITunes and will soon be available through the Rick & The Ramblers, and Vermont State Parks web sites.

 

 

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I Heard the Highway...and other swing tunes from western vermont

Rick Norcross • vocals
Leo Roy • vocals (I'll Take Texas), harmony vocals, lead & rhythm guitars
Shauna Antoniuc • vocals (Bump Bounce Boogie, Never Get the Nerve to Call), harmony vocals
Jim Pitman • pedal steel
Chris Peterman • saxophone
Tom Buckley • upright & electric bass
Roy Cutler • drums, vocal & rhythm guitar (Snow in April)
Special Guest David Gusakov • fiddle (Lonely Night Song)

Recorded at Charles Eller Studios in Charlotte, VT
Produced by Rick Norcross & Leo Roy
Engineered by Lane Gibson & Chuck Eller
Final Mix by Leroy Preston
Mastered by Lane Gibson

Song List - click the title for a 30-second sample

  1. I Heard the Highway
  2. Dance With Who Brung You
  3. I'll Take Texas
  4. Gone
  5. Bump Bounce Boogie
  6. Dancin' With the One you Love
  7. Cherokee Maiden
  8. Never Get the Nerve to Call
  9. I'm Wilder than Her
  10. Lonely Night Song
  11. Snow in April

Can't Catch a Rambler

Rick Norcross • vocals
Leo Roy • harmony vocals, lead & rhythm guitars
Kevin Healy • lead & rhythm guitars
Chip Wilson • harmony vocals & acoustic guitars
Junior Barber • dobro & lap strat guitar
Eric Koeller • saxophone
Peter K.K. Williams • bass
Doug Pomeroy • drums
Gene White • fiddle (Chase Each Other Round The Room, Down In Louisianna, Nothing Wrong Ever Turns Out Right)

Recorded at White Crow Audio, Pine St., Burlington, VT
Produced by LeRoy Preston
Engineered by Tom Walters
Sections Arranged by Leo Roy
Mastered by Chuck Eller & Tom Walters at Charles Eller Studios, Charlotte, VT

Song List

  1. Let's Chase Each Other Round the Room Tonight
  2. Hillbilly Jukebox
  3. Down in Louisiana
  4. Can't Catch A Rambler
  5. Bobby McGee Goes Tex Mex
  6. Paint It Like A Cow
  7. Nothing Right Ever Turns Out Wrong
  8. Cupid's Got A Gun
  9. Ain't Got Nothing To Lose
  10. I'm Here to Stay

You Can't Get There From Here: the Vermont Bicentennial Album

Banjo Dan & The Mid-Nite Plowboys
Alan Davis • vocals & guitar
Dan Lindner • vocals, banjo & mandolin
David Gusakov • vocals & fiddle
Peter Riley • vocals & bass

LeRoy Preston
LeRoy Preston • vocals & guitar
Kip Meaker • lead guitar
Junior Barber • dobro
David Gusakov • fiddle
Brian Bull • piano
Chuck Eller • keyboards
Jimmy Gray • harmony vocals, bass & nylon string guitar
Harry Thompson • drums

Rick Norcross & The Nashfull Ramblers
Rick Norcross • vocals & rhythm guitar
Larry Beaudry • vocals, lead guitar
Kevin Healy • voclas & lead guitar
Junior Barber • dobro & electric slide guitar
Peter K.K. Williams • vocals & bass
Doug Pomeroy • drums

Big Joe Burrell & The Unknown Blues Band
Big Joe Burrell • vocals & tenor saxophone
Paul Asbell • acoustic, electric & slide guitars
Chuck Eller • piano, organ & synthesizers
David Grippo • saxophone
Chris Peterman • saxophone
Tony Markellis • bass
Harry Thompson • drums

Concept: Rick Norcross
Recorded at Chas Eller Studios, Burlington, VT
Produced by Rick Norcross & Chuck Eller
Engineered by Chuck Eller
Mastered by Bill Kipper & Chuck Eller at SNB Disques, Montreal, Quebec
Art Direction by Karen McCloud/Silver Cloud Design
Designated the “Official Bicentennial Album” by The State Of Vermont

Song List

  1. You Can't Get There From Here
    Banjo Dan & The Mid-Nite Plowboys:
  2. Windy Mountain
  3. String Man
  4. Sailing For Glory
    LeRoy Preston:
  5. Lonely Night Song
  6. Closer To The Train
  7. Naomi
    Rick & The Ramblers:
  8. Dance With Who Brung You
  9. Green Mountain Memories
  10. Out In The Cold
    Big Joe Burrell & The Unknown Blues Band:
  11. Chains Of Love
  12. I Heard The Voice Of A Pork Chop
  13. Every Time I Hear That Mellow Saxophone
    Reprise Everyone with Special Guests:
  14. You Can't Get There From Here