You can hear the Orange Blossom Special (depicted here in a 1939 postcard) coming down the tracks in this fiddle tune by the same name
7-Song History of the Fiddle in the South
Orange Blossom Special
Fiddling is not just a musical style; sometimes it is a competitive sport. Fiddle contests have been held in America since the 1700’s. These contests are sometimes judged on musical ability and sometimes on showmanship, with fiddlers dancing or playing their instruments in unusual ways. “The Orange Blossom Special” was written in the 1930’s, but it quickly became a staple of fiddlers and fiddle contests, due to its difficulty. Written by Ernest Rouse, the song emulates the sound of the train, as described in its title. It has become an iconic fiddle tune; some contemporary fiddle contests even ban the song because it is over-performed. There are as many different versions of this song as the day is long, but few reach the intensity of the live rendition by Charlie Daniels on his collection The Roots Remain.
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