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Carl Rebello

2018 RIBA Hall of Fame inductee

Carl Rebello was born in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts and grew up during the Great Depression.  He learned to play the guitar at 12 years old with his brothers and switched to fiddle as an adult.  


As one of the initial trail-blazing bluegrass musicians in New England during the 1960s and 1970s, a time when live music entertainment was booming in coffee houses and granges, Carl played fiddle in many bands including: The Chuck Wagon Boys, Al White and the Sons of the Prairie, Cedar Mountain Boys, Country Cut ups, Don Stover’s White Oak Mountain Boys, Bill Hall and the Northwind Bluegrass Band, and the Old Fiddlers Club of Rhode Island.   He went on to produce and record albums with Don Stover and the White Oak Mountain Boys, and with Roger Williams.  


Throughout Carl’s music career, he made numerous television appearances and traveled across the country and Canada entertaining many people.  He is famed for his rendition of the Orange Blossom Special and it has been said “Carl Rebello made the fiddle sing like a speeding train.”   


Carl owned and operated a televison and music store in Westport, Massachusetts for over 20 years.  He repaired instruments and also taught fiddle lessons to numerous talented students, including some whom have carried the bluegrass fiddle torch and play in bands today.  


Throughout his career, Carl composed several songs including Rosie’s Waltz.  A man of boundless talents, Carl Rebello brought joy and entertainment to people everywhere.  In 2003 Carl was honored and inducted into the Massachusetts Country Music Hall of Fame.