was on the verge of becoming the Susan Lucci of western swing music awards. Last year, Norcross and his band, the All-Star Ramblers, were nominated for the Best Western Swing Group/Duo award by the Academy of Western Artists
. FYI, that's an organization whose stated mission is to, "recognize and honor outstanding individuals who, through their accomplishments, preserve and perpetuate the traditions, values and heritage of the American cowboy." Or in other words, Rick Norcross. (Fun fact about the AWA: The organization is based in Gene Autry, Okla. Yes, really.)
Norcross and Co. came away from last year's awards ceremony in Dallas empty handed. But this year, Norcross and Co. were nominated for six
AWA awards. These included Best Western Swing Group/Duo, Best Western Swing Album (for Welcome to OUR Vermont
), Best Western Swing Female Vocalist (Taryn Noelle) and three nominations for Best Western Swing Song.
Well guess what? Last weekend, deep in the heart of Texas, Norcross scored a win in that last category for his tune "You Can"t Make It Up."