Bio

THE BAND BIO -

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

 

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!

 

Marc Sampson - Fiddle

Marc has been performing music since age 12.

He has played with numerous local bands including: "Alive & Pickin"; "Eddy Zack and The Hayloft Jamboree"; "Doty Zack and the Outlaws"  and "Dogie and the Cowpie Poachers".  

He also did a 2-year stint with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra as a double bass player.  

 

Inducted into Rhode Island Country Music Hall of Fame

Howie  Schultz - Bass Guitar 

Playing  professionally since 12 years old.

Lived and performed in Nashville for over 20 years

Performed with numerous Nashville artist including Charlie Daniels, Tanya Tucker, Buddy Jewell, and Don Gibson just to name a few.

Performed with numerous local RI bands including The Southern Comfort Band with my brother Dale.

 

2014 - Inducted into Rhode Island Country Music Hall of Fame