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Fiddler's Curse - Revised and Updated

The Untold Story of Ervin T. Rouse, Chubby Wise, Johnny Cash and the Orange Blossom Special

INSTRUMENT GROUP: Books on Music
PUBLISHER: Centerstream Publications
PRODUCT TYPE: Book [Softcover]
One of the most bizarre stories in all of popular music is the history of “Orange Blossom Special,” arguably the century's best-known fiddle tune. The man credited with its ownership, Ervin T. Rouse, endured tragedy,alcoholism and mental illness. He spent his last years fiddling for tips in isolated
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Subtitle The Untold Story of Ervin T. Rouse, Chubby Wise, Johnny Cash and the Orange Blossom Special
Instrument Group Books on Music
Publisher Centerstream Publications
Product Type Book [Softcover]
Year of Publication 2007
Author Randy Noles
ISBN 9781574242140
UPC 884088139858
Series Fiddle
No. Pages 226
No. HL00001081
Description
One of the most bizarre stories in all of popular music is the history of “Orange Blossom Special,” arguably the century's best-known fiddle tune. The man credited with its ownership, Ervin T. Rouse, endured tragedy,alcoholism and mental illness. He spent his last years fiddling for tips in isolated taverns at the edge of the Everglades, and died all but unknown. The man who claimed co-ownership, Chubby Wise, achieved fame as the seminalfiddler of the bluegrass genre, but struggled to overcome personal demons and to heal the scars of childhood abandonment and abuse. Johnny Cash, the tortured superstar who made the song a mainstream hit, quietly championed Rouseand earned the enmity of Wise. This trio's disparate legacies are here told – and forever linked with the legendary diesel steamliner.

“Fascinating ... a compelling story told in an artful and human way. Thewriting reads like the best fiction.”

Gainesville Sun
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