Rick Norcross and Vermont's top Western Swing Band have just issued a new CD of 11 tunes, both original and borrowed. Rick is also heard on lead vocal on most tunes. Another lead vocalist is Taryn Noelle who is in the spotlight on two country classics, I'll Get Over You borrowed from Crystal Gayle and I'm a Blue Baby Now, from the Whites. Also heard on lead vocal is bass player Dave Rowell on Rick's They Say You Can't Take it With You. The album also features fiddle wizard Doug Reid and the lead and rhythm guitar of Dono Schabner. Charlie MacFadyen is the steel guitarist, pianist, organist and accordionist, Ian Koeller is heard playing drums and Amber deLaurentis is the guest harmony vocalist.
The album opens with a fantastic version of Fred Rose's Fly Trouble from the Hank Williams library of hits. Rick's compositions (in full or in part) also include Don't Do Me Like That With Your Cowboy Hat, Shelburne Yesterday, Green Mountain Standard Time, I Love Western Swing and I'm Gonna Take it With Me When I Go. The remaining gems are the instrumental Texoma Bound, borrowed from Larry Franklin and the Time Jumpers and Panama Red's Lost in Austin, including a final verse written by Rick.
The album can be obtained for $15 plus $2.50 shipping and handling from Airflyte Records, 216 Battery Street, Burlington, VT 05401.
Mike Gross, KSEY-FM, Seymour, TX & KTNK-AM, Lompac, CA