The Goat Roper Band plays a wide variety of new and old country along with some classic rock and oldies all with the beat that keeps the crowd dancing.

We have gained a large faithful following of friends, fans and country dancers from playing clubs, concerts, fairs and parties throughout New England.

Some of the artists the Goat Ropers have been honored to open shows for are:

Brad Paisley

Charlie Daniels Band

Billy Ray Cyrus

Randy Travis

Colin Raye

Phil Vasser

Clay Walker

Manny Massa - Lead Singer


Every year it just gets better and better thanks to all our fans.

You, the fans, make it possible for The Goat Roper Band to go out on stage.

I would like to thank my mother and family for all the love and support they've given me all these years.  I love you all! 

2018 Band of the Year - Country Music Association of Rhode Island

MCMAA (Massachusetts Country Music Awards Association)

CMA of RI (Country Music Association of Rhode Island)

2010 - MCMAA Entertainer of the Year

2010 - Male Vocalist of the year

2008 - MCMAA Entertainer of the Year

2008 - MCMAA Male Vocalist of the Year

2007 - MCMAA Male Vocalist of the Year

2006 - RICH Male Vocalist of the Year

2005 - MCMAA Male Vocalist of the Year


Jimmy Ribeiro - Lead Guitar 


Jimmy has been performing in bands for over four decades. During this time he has played in dozens of bands and has played a wide variety of styles including rock, country, blues, folk, Top 40 and Irish music. While playing with the band Too Much Fun he had the honor of opening two shows for Chuck Berry, another highlight was opening for another rock legend Eric Burdon the lead singer of the Animals while playing with the Bob Colson Band. For the last 18 years he has found a home with the Goat Ropers. When not performing with the Goat Ropers Jim lives in Raynham and works in IT

2010 - MCMAA Lead Guitarist of the Year

Inducted into Rhode Island Country Music Hall of Fame


Tim Cook - Drums & Vocals


A drummer since a very young age, Tim has performed in a variety of settings from championship drum and bugle corps to local and national artists, and has taught drummers and drum corps.

During the sixties and seventies, Tim traveled the country with drum corps and played in a number of local rock and roll bands.

In 1978, chance brought him to country music in a band called Country Limited. 

As that band was winding down, Tim connected with the late John Penny, who would put Tim on some of the brightest stages in his career.

Tim has had the good fortune to perform with many, including The Bill Moore Band, The Mike Walker Band, The Stan Jr. Show,  JoDee Messina, The John Penny Band, Jimmy Allen, John Hicks & Revolution, John Lincoln Wright, Sleepy LaBeef, Robin Right, Yankee Jack, Bobby Carlson & Silver Saddle, The Silver Saddle Band, Almost Cowboyz, Kevin White’s Garth Brooks Tribute, Stampede, Crisis, Goldrush, Overdrive, Bobby Carlson & The Stones River Band, Buddy Jewell, and Craig Kendall, and most recently, The Goat Roper Band.

Tim has opened for many national artists, including Faith Hill, Tammy Wynette, Le Anne Womack, Leann Rimes, Tracy Byrd, Darrell Worley, Joe Diffie, The Charlie Daniels Band and more.

When not on stage, Tim enjoys the company of his wife and daughters, the family pets, and many good friends and neighbors.

If you’re at one of Tim’s shows, please introduce yourself and say hello!


Howie Schultz - Bass & Vocals

Howie's first instrument was drums.

He started playing at the age of six, and went on to a twenty plus year career playing with local bands.

Then he started playing bass guitar somewhere around fifteen years old, and transitioned over to playing mostly bass guitar.

He's played with most of the local bands within Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  Such names as Southern Comfort, Bear Creek, and Stones River.   He has also backed up many Nashville artists such as George Jones, The Charlie Daniels Band, Lori Morgan, and Don Gibson to name a few.

Howie was inducted into the Rhode Island Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.

He lived and played in the Nashville, TN area for over twenty years, most recently moving home to Rhode Island and returning to the Goat Roper Band.  


Paul R. Nogueira - Keyboards & Vocals