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This Bluegrass 'Rocketman' Cover by Iron Horse Is Awesome (Video)

There are some space songs that we never outgrow. And yes Elton John's "Rocketman" is one of them. Now you can hear (and see) a spectacular bluegrass take on the classic by Iron Horse, a bluegrass band based in Killen, Alabama.

The band posted its version of "Rocketman" earlier this month in conjunction.  The band includes Tony Robertson (on mandolin), Vance Henry (on guitar), Ricky Rogers (on bass) and Anthony Richardson, adds the banjo sound you hear. The made the "Rocketman" video in November and posted it on Youtube Jan. 1. [Best Space Music Videos Ever! (A Countdown)]

In a nice touch, Iron Horse also spliced in some classic images of space exploration history into its music video, giving it an extra flair of space nostalgia. A space shout out to @RobertPearlman of partner for the tip. If you're looking for more classic space music, see former Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" below:

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Tariq is the Editor-in-Chief of and joined the team in 2001, first as an intern and staff writer, and later as an editor. He covers human spaceflight, exploration and space science, as well as skywatching and entertainment. He became's Managing Editor in 2009 and Editor-in-Chief in 2019. Before joining, Tariq was a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times covering education and city beats in La Habra, Fullerton and Huntington Beach. In October 2022, Tariq received the Harry Kolcum Award for excellence in space reporting from the National Space Club Florida Committee. He is also an Eagle Scout (yes, he has the Space Exploration merit badge) and went to Space Camp four times as a kid and a fifth time as an adult. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University. You can find Tariq at and as the co-host to the This Week In Space podcast with space historian Rod Pyle on the TWiT network. To see his latest project, you can follow Tariq on Twitter @tariqjmalik.