Enjoy a Bluegrass Performance of Elton John’s 1972 Hit, “Rocket Man”

Last fall, our readers loved watching Iron Horse, a bluegrass band from Alabama, performing a most unusual version of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” The band’s take on Metallica’s anthem was originally recorded on the 2003 album, Fade to Bluegrass: Tribute to Metallica, where Iron Horse — with Tony Robertson on mandolin, Vance Henry on guitar, Ricky Rogers on bass, and Anthony Richardson on banjo — played Metallica hits in bluegrass fashion — “or at least as bluegrass as it’s possible for Metallica songs to be.”

This January, the quartet released a new video, this time covering “Rocket Man.” Sung by Elton John in ’72, written by Bernie Taupin, and inspired by a Ray Bradbury story, Rocket Man has been covered/performed by Coldplay, Kate BushMy Morning Jacket and many others. But, if you have a scorecard, you’ll almost certainly give Iron Horse top marks for creativity and originality. Hope you enjoy.

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  • Elizabeth Parker

    Really enjoyed this!

  • Doug Stead

    Gives a who new meaning to our “cross-over” music culture. Great rendition of a great song. I have a new appreciation of the nimblefinging Bluegrass & Rock. Much enjoyed this song as interpreted by Iron Horse.

  • Mike

    Very much enjoyed this! I have a new appreciation of this genre.

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