Vermont Business Magazine Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band will close out their 2017 touring season with their third annual “Last Roundup” concert, on Sunday afternoon, November 5th at 4 pm in Juniper Hall at the magnificent Hotel Vermont in downtown Burlington. The Ramblers are winding down their most successful season ever, enjoying national recognition and world-wide radio and internet airplay of their recent recordings.
The Academy of Western Artists in Gene Autry, OK, recently announced their first round of nominees for the 2017 Will Rogers Awards, selected by Academy members who are Western Swing DJs from around the world. Rick & The All-Star Ramblers have been nominated for honors in three categories with seven total nominations. They have been nominated for “Western Swing Duo/Group of the Year,” “Western Swing Album of the Year - “Green Mountain Standard Time,” “Western Swing Album of the Year - “Welcome To OUR Vermont/2,” “Western Swing Song of the Year - “Texoma Bound,” Western Swing Song of the Year - “Texoma Bound” (two nominations), “Western Swing Song of the Year - “Here’s Yer Hat, What’s Yer Hurry” and “Western Swing Song of the Year - “I Love Western Swing.” The Academy will announce the final five nominations in each of these categories in January and the awards ceremonty will be held on March 15th in Fort Worth, TX, the cradle of Western Swing music. The Ramblers brought home “Western Swing Song of the Year” honors in 2015 for “You Can’t Make It Up” and were finalists for “Western Swing Duo/Group of the Year” in 2014.
Here’s a recap of some highlights of this year’s regional tour. The Rick & The All-Star Rambler’s 2017 season began with a rousing June appearance at the Discover Jazz Festival in Leunig’s Performance Tent on Church Street and continued with concerts this Summer at Shelburne Farms and at the BBQ Bonanza Festival at the Basin Harbor Resort. They returned to Church Street for their fifth appearance at the Stowe Mountain Resort Concert Series and headlined the Vermont Day festivities at “The Big E” in West Springfield, MA for the fifth time over the past 25 years.
This year, Vermont Day at the Big E drew an all-time 101-year attendence record of 171,897 people on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Another highlight of the season was The Rambers’ debut performance at the beautiful new Highland Center for the Performing Arts in Greensboro in early October. Rick performed solo in February at a sold-out benefit show at The Ethan Allen Homestead and was invited to perform at the South Lake Christian Church in early July near the eastern tip of Prince Edward Island in Canada, where his great grandfather was pastor in 1915 and where Rick’s mother was born.
Rick will play at the Fletcher Free Library at the 35th annual First Night Burlington celebration on New Year’s Eve and is just now finalizing arrangements for a solo House Concert in the Solarium of Burlington’s historic Willard Street Inn this Winter. Green Mountain Standard Time, the Ramblers’ newest studio CD, entered the “Swingin’ West” Top 10 Charts in February and has remained there for nine straight months, peaking at Number 4 in June & July and presently residing at the number 8 position.z