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Fiddler's Curse: The Untold Story of Ervin T. Rouse, Chubby Wise, Johnny Cash, and The Orange Blossom Special (Revised and Updated) Paperback – July 1, 2007
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When we took a break I told him I loved the song he wrote, Sweeter Than the Flowers and asked if he wrote it for his mother. In typical Rouse fashion he said " I wrote Sweeter Than the Flowers for everybody's mother". I asked him if he would do the song and he said, "I normally don't do that song in a place like this but since you asked I'll do it".
While we sat on break I told them that I had sang once with Chubby Wise. Ervin's brother spoke up and said " Chubby used to live down the road from us and would come to the house early Saturday mornings and throw pebbles at Ervin's window to wake him up and come out and teach him stuff on the fiddle". That too was typical Rouse, only coming from his brother.Read more ›
When I got my copy of this book, I started thumbing through it, and the next thing I knew, it was two hours later and I was still glued to it! Until I finished it --and I read some parts twice just because they were so interesting-- the dishes went unwashed, the family went unfed, the house went uncleaned, the instruments went untouched (and that is hardly an exaggeration!). I certainly recommend it!
President, Northern Illinois Bluegrass Association
In the end, of course, the stories end up being intertwined, and the author pulls both up out of the swamps of the Everglades and places them in the realm of legend. History was made by real people, and Ervin Rouse was about as real as you get--if you consider "truly strange" to be "real." But he produced from deep inside himself (real deep, it seems) one of the great tunes of our times. I love the story; I love the writing.
This book is special to my heart.
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Ervin was my best man's grandfather, I got to meet him at around 13 yrs old. The Orange Blossom Special is historic in bluegrass music and this book cleared up the dispute over the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tony Lyman
Reads like a novel. Amazing stories about the birth of country music.Published 23 months ago by Almal
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