If you grew up in Vermont, chances are you've heard "Rick" ramble at least once in your life.
"I'll continue performing as long as people want to hear it," says Rick Norcross. His typical stage is at a state fair, so Norcross says it's a thrill to celebrate his golden anniversary under the golden dome. Rick and the Ramblers were showcased at Wednesday's Farmers' Night in Montpelier.
"Only in Vermont would they sponsor music and it's so open and you can come in without the metal detectors and it's such a beautiful space," said Meg Davis as she danced to the swing music.
On playing music at the state house, Norcross joked, "I figured to get here I'd have to get elected so I'm kind of happy to be here without having to run. It's absolutely a thrill to play in the state house."
He's been entertaining Vermonters for 50 years with songs they can relate to.
"Oh they're pretty authentic. I love the music is about Vermont," said audience member Elaine Parker.
"It's lively. It gets you right into it and they have so much fun. You can't help but enjoy watching them," said Elaine Russell. She and her husband Gary haven't missed a concert in four years.
"We have some beautiful state parks here in Vermont that we would never gone to if it wasn't for ‘Rick and the Ramblers,'" Gary Russell said.
Norcross' style is western swing and longtime radio DJ Jack Donovan says for many it's a nod to days gone by.
"You could go to the town halls and to the square dances and that's the kind of music you would hear and he brings back those memories for a lot of folks," Donovan said.
After 50 years of song writing, singing and touring, Norcross says he has no plans to slow down anytime soon.
"I think music is not like a race," he said. "You don't get to the other end and the more you play the more you know you don't know. I'm actually writing, I think, better material now than i did 30 or 40 years ago."
Norcross has a new album set to debut later this year and he has ten tour stops planned for this summer.
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