Day four of our pre-IBMA “Bluegrass for Beginners” countdown, and we’re riding the “Orange Blossom Special,” as composed by Craven County native Ervin T. Rouse in 1938.
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Pretty much every country or bluegrass fiddler who ever set bow to strings has taken a crack at this amped-up train song; it was a sizable hit for Johnny Cash in 1965, and it’s probably being played somewhere on the planet at this moment.
Listen to the all-star version, above, by the Del McCoury Band with Vassar Clements and other notable fiddlers.