The Shady Grove Ramblers have won numerous awards throughout their years together, being voted Top Vocal Group, Best Album of the Year, Best Songwriter (Tom), Top Mandolin Player (Loyd), and Best Male Vocalist (Tom) by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America. On June 24, 2000, the Ramblers received the coveted "Lone Star Legend Award" presented during the Texas State Bluegrass Festival in Canton, TX. This award is presented to individuals and bands who have, throughout the years, given of themselves and their musical talents to help others, and to further the field of Bluegrass Music.
This group is constantly striving to entertain and very seldom uses the same songs at any show or festival, since their repertoire is so extensive. Tom knows several thousand songs ranging from the early 20's to the present. These are all incorporated with their bluegrass instrumentation, making this band unique! Their songs range from early swing, real cowboy western (Sons of the Pioneers), country, folk, blues, and some tope 40, and always Gospel and Bluegrass. Their audiences enthusiastically accept their varied instrumentation and vocal arrangements.
They have recorded 14 albums and tapes under the Grove label, and released their first CD in January 2003. The Ramblers have played festivals and shows throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Colorado, and California. They have performed with such stars as Ernest Tubb, Gene Watson, Lynn Anderson, The Whites, Ricky Skaggs, Tammy Wynette, Chubby Wise, Bill Monroe, Mac Wiseman, Jim & Jesse, The Lewis Family, The Country Gentlemen, Mel Street and Marty Robbins when they were "regulars" on the original "Cowtown Jamboree!" They performed for the 1983 "Cotton Bowl" committee to welcome Pittsburgh and SMU. In 1996, Tom's song "Fiddle, Wooden Case and Bow" was nominated "Bluegrass Song of the Year", both nationally and internationally. Tom wrote this song for his very special friend, Chubby Wise.