Rick and The Ramblers Western Swing Band

MUSIC

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

Rick Norcross • Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Taryn Noelle • Vocals
Julia Shannon-Grillo • Vocals
Josie Ritter • Harmony Vocals
Charlie MacFadyen • Piano, Accordion & Lap Steel
Dono Schabner • Lead & Rhythm Guitars (Telecaster & D-45)
Doug Reid • Fiddle
Dave Rowell • Vocals (Here’s Yer Hat, What’s Yer Hurry) & Bass
Brett Hoffman • Drums
Jamie Lee Thurston • Special Guest Vocalist (“Welcome To OUR Vermont” & “Hardwick 1961”)

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 3:41 (Rick Norcross)
  2. What Goes Around 3:49 (Rick Norcross)
  3. I Rode The Ti 4:26 (Rick Norcross)
  4. Paint It Like A Cow 3:22 (LeRoy Preston & Rick Norcross)
  5. Riding My Guitar 5:33 (Rick Norcross)
  6. You Can’t Make It Up 3:19 (Rick Norcross)
  7. A Grill, A Bumper, Four Headlights & A $50 Bill 2:56 (Rick Norcross)
  8. I Heard The Highway 3:46 (LeRoy Preston)
  9. Tainted Money 3:23 (Rick Norcross)
  10. Hardwick 1961 3:08 (Rick Norcross)
  11. Here’s Yer Hat, What’s Yer Hurry 4:03 (Rick Norcross & Charlie MacFadyen)
  12. You’re In Heaven 2:47 (Bobby Troup & Rick Norcross)

Airflyte Records announces the release of “Welcome To OUR Vermont,” a dozen song CD compilation of 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, backed by his longtime stellar nine piece group, Rick & The-All Star Ramblers Western Swing Band along with a special guest vocal appearance by Nashville’s Jamie Lee Thurston on two songs. The Vermont songs are sometimes wacky, often hilarious and always infused with Rick’s heartfelt love of the Green Mountain State shining brightly through.

Fresh from a triumphant 2013 “Riding My Guitar Tour,” celebrating 50 years in music, Rick Norcross has responded to the call of his many fans asking for a new CD made up entirely of the best of his Vermont story songs. “Welcome To OUR Vermont” answers that call with 10 of his most requested songs, remastered and updated, along with the added bonus of three brand new Vermont songs written especially for this project, “Welcome To Vermont,” “Hardwick 1961 and “Here’s Yer Hat, What’s Yer Hurry.”

Hear the Ode to famed Vermont folk artist Woody Jackson, “Paint It Like A Cow,” three “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) and “I Heard The Highway,” the only non-Norcross tune, written by Vermonter, Asleep At The Wheel founding member and mentor, LeRoy Preston. Vermont history comes alive on “I Rode The Ti,” the story of the magnificent Lake Champlain Steamboat Ticonderoga, moved two miles overland to the Shelburne Museum in 1955.

Rick Norcross was on the last voyage on November 6, 1954 at nine years of age and in 1998 was asked to produce The Ticonderoga Party, the festival celebrating the unveiling of the McClure Restoration of the Ti at the Shelburne Museum attended by over 7,000 people. And two of his best songs tell the story of leaving home to understand the value and meaning of life in Vermont, “What Goes Around” and “Riding My Guitar.” His most requested song, “You Can’t Make It Up,” perfectly relives the 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.

The “Welcome To OUR Vermont” CD cover design is based on a long out-of-print, early 50s “Greetings From Vermont” postcard. Utilizing a horizontally formatted “green wallet” DVD-sized fold-open case, the “Welcome To OUR Vermont” Postcard design is displayed on the outside and inside, a tourist-centric invitation for all to visit “Our Vermont” in all her glory. The spot where each of the songs originated is marked on a map of Vermont. The rear of the cover package duplicates the back of a ‘50s postcard and will allow the CD to be addressed and mailed as a post card.

“Welcome To OUR Vermont” is already enjoyng extensive Vermont radio and worldwide internet radio airplay originating in Spain, England, France, The Netherlands and even Texas!

 

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