Guest Book

We invite you use this Guest Book to add your tribute or a note of congratulations to Mike.

To post your tribute or note, scroll to the comment box at the end of this page. To read the tributes posted by others, use the links below to go to a specific post, or use the “newer comments>>” and “older comments>>” links at the beginning and end of the comments section to to navigate to the various pages of this guest book.

Tributes featured on this page:
Rob Ickes – Andy Hall – Phil Leadbetter – Stacy Phillips – Cindy Cashdollar
Laurie Lewis – Jimmy Heffernan – Peter Cooper – Sally Van Meter
Lloyd Green – Archie Warnock – Bill Foster – Michael Hall
Terry & Cindy Baucum – Tim Stafford – Colin Henry – Jon Weisberger
Richard Hawkins – Larry Stephenson – Becky Johnson
Gary Mortensen – Howard & Sheryl Parker – Shawn Lane – Wayne Taylor
Bill Emerson – David Bromberg – Russ Hooper – Gary Ferguson
Chuck Hatfield – Thomas Ickes – Dave Williams – T Michael Coleman
Alan Minietta – Pam McLeod (Giegerich) – Gerry Fitzpatrick – Bob Blair
Tut Taylor – Mark Eaton – Jim NunallyRob Armstrong – Steve Gambrell
Mike Marceau – Blues Journal – Robert Geers – Keith Samuels
Steve O’Neill – Willie Payne – Daryl DavisRichie Chiasson – Don, El Dobro
Jennie L. Scott – David Van Allen

Tributes featured on the 2nd page:
Lisa Kay Howard – Lee Hiers – Dave Thier – Liam Rogers – Linda Stewart
Eric Schwartz – Frank Poindexter – Chet Hogue – Bob Dickinson
John Bamberger – Mark van Allen – Troy Brenningmeyer – Jason Stone
Darrell Weaver – Don Fraser – Wally Hughes – Bruce Shaw – Mike List
Claire Lynch – Carl Goldstein – Dave Ross – Tom Stratton – Dale Busby
Pablo Conrad – Bob Dorfman – Sharon Jackson – George Wormington
Mary Chapin Carpenter – Bill Bluestone – Nancy Curry – Aubrey Nelson
Calvin Baber – Tom Gray – Andy Ellis – Tony Dingus – Jon Lohman
Annie Shields – Donald Doggett – Brian Christiano – Hank & Betty Richards
Bob Green – Rhonda Olney – Darrell Roth – Billy Gilbert – Joe Cullison
Greg Greenstein – Ben Surratt – Jayne Alenier – Janet Newsom – Tom Thorpe

Tributes featured on the 3rd page:
Harry Robinson – Dave Devlin – Bill Payne – David Tanner – Mike Nemick
Fred Travers – Curt Baker – Patti Henderson – Larry Shell – Mike Stein
Bill VornDick – David Keith Schoppa – Daniel & Patricia Goins – Pete Wernick
Joe Breeden – Mark Schatz – Dave Dillman – Steve Johnson – Wayne Rice
Alison Brown – Jeani Warish – George Evans Sr – Max George – Roger Erickson
Tim Wint – Paul Beard – Mary Lou Barian – Frank Maxfield – Danny Shaw
Corry Garamszegi – Robert Camacho – Mark Newton – Hugh Mason
Joanie Madden – Kim Ulinger – Tory Viso – Anton Groeneveld
Matthew McCarthy – Charlie Campbell – Niall Toner – Frank Watt
Trapper Wyatt – Marty Muse – RKDeering – Andy Katz
Lee Jones – John Jennings – Loyer ThierryCory Welch – Dale Desmuke

Tributes featured on the 4th page:
Orville Johnson – Mike King – Carl Jackson – Jos van der Lelie – Pieter Groenveld
Kristian Äng – Angelika R. Torrie – Lilly Pavlak – Gary Rue – Dave Alexander
Jeroen Schmohl – Boris Weintraub – Theo Hurter – Joan Bullard – Ben Wooten
Jerry Pitt – Martin Froud – Sandy O’Seay – Jason Burleson – George Bogosian
Mike Saar – Kevin Nell – Rob Harris – Claire Armbruster – Caroline Wright
Hilary West – Tim Finch – Damon Wack – Sharon Driscoll – John French
Rob Anderlik – Gary Pierce – Phil Randall – George E. Clark – Alan Rausch
Debbie Durant – Penny Parsons – Lee Gillespie – Ira Gitlin
Mike Rayburn – Judy Adams – Dudley Connell – Charlie McCoy
Adam Frehm – Jim Brown – Mark Clifton – Jim McClain –Chuck Lettes
Dan Burke – Mark Lackey

Tributes featured on the 5th page:
Lennie Harvey – Bruce Kaplan – Emory Gordy Jr. & Patty Loveless
Kathy Keenan – John C. Cole – Danny Stevenson – David Bias
Patricia Farrar – Lou Wamp – Tom Licari – Katy Daley – Hal Bloom
Tom Thorpe – Janet Peters – J.P. Johnson – Luca Fortugno
Michael Barton – Tut Taylor – Leah Ross – Steve Toth – Missy Raines
Ben Winship – Ted Engle – Billy Cardine – David “Dawg” Grisman
Rory Feek (JOEY+RORY) – Alan W. Tompkins – Paul T. Stanley
George “Keoki” Lake – Bill Nork – Dana ThorinGeoff Stelling
Joe Tho – Chuck Hall – Dan Simpson – Dennis Reamy
Bogue Sandberg – Brad Hansen – Fred Schiffner – Erik Thomas
Tom Schmidt – Y. Hawkins – Alana L. (Habercom) Miller
Jeffrey Anzevino – Brad Bechtel – Artemis BonaDea
Mark Delaney – Eric Fisher – Jim Hurst – Jimmy Ross

Tributes featured on the 6th page:
Dennis Wilson  Bill Richardson – Deloy Oberlin – Kitsy Kuykendall
Dave Ziebarth – Mickey Stinnett – Emily Hogeback – JD Myers
Tim Saylor – Michael Kelley – Tom Adams – Dan Mazer
Roy Thomson – Tom Foote – Carroll & Anita Benoit
Mark Potler – Jeff Agnew – Bud & Anita Graham – Paul Lyttle
Jeff Retherford – B.G. & Mike Munford – Jeanie Ramos – Bob McEvoy
Bill Cobos – Earla Harding – Bob Lay – Mike Patton – Dick DeNeve
Elvis Keene – Bill Holden – Paul Koptak – Fred Bartenstein
Randy Cole – Wayne Weikel – Dave Fox – Jan & Bob Hansen
Valerie Smith – Kim Gardner – Pete Remenyi – Mike Witcher
Peter Radvanyi – Chris Hart – Ivan Rosenberg – Vic White
Joan Bullard – Travis Perry – Celia Millington-Wyckoff – Tim O’Brien
Jana & James Lockaby – Matt Levine

Tributes featured on the 7th page:
Kathy Pantaleo – Dan Tyack – Ben Eldridge – Chuck Crawford
Jimmy Gaudreau – Steven Darnell – Kevin Prater – Roger Ryan
John Pyles – Mike Saunders – Ronna Dansky – Larry Klein
Henrich Novak – Chris Miles – Jim Norman – Greg Cahill
Owen Huckabay – David ColemanJohn Starling
Karen Robinson – Lane Gray – Dan Napolitano
Tom Middleton – Sherwin Kidd – Christy Reid – Dean Eaton
Lou Reid – Yvon Jackson – Buddy Wright – Perrie Allen
Ray Gross – David Moultrup – Art Rogers – Freddie Skeens
Ruth Iseli – The Rounder Folks-Marian, Bill & Ken
Dan Brooks – Eddie Adcock – Dick Beckley – John Senior
Danley Rold – Leigh Hill – Richard Atherton – Robert Crowder
Edward Meisse – Wayne Ashmore – Jerry Douglas
Tim Edes – Eric – Tim Harkleroad

Tributes featured on the 8th page:
Ruthie Young – Jonathan Borah – Jim Palenscar
Sharon Wiggins – Dave Currie – Ed Cirimele – Jack Lawrence
Moondi Klein – Barry Sparks – Andrea Bradstreet – Zan McLeod
Kinney Rorrer – Gene Johnson – Kathy Chiavola – Mike Marshall
Dennis McBride – Richard Hurst – Roland White – Paul Barron

We are sad to note that Mike Auldridge passed away on December 29, 2012, one day before his 74th birthday. To read the tributes posted on December 29 and later, go here (and click the “newer comments” arrrow at the bottom of each page to see additional comments).

468 thoughts on “Guest Book

  1. Congratulations and best wishes! I’m so glad your name will be in the company of the other great artists that have had this honor bestowed upon them. Man, you deserve it. I know the story of my inspiration to play the dobro is the same as thousands of others across, not just the United States, but the world. When a friend of mine played me your album Dobro shortly after it came out, I knew I wanted to play like that! I didn’t have a dobro, so I raised the strings on an old Yamaha acoustic guitar and started flailing away. As soon as I could, I got a real dobro and set about learning every note on your album. I learned to play by dropping the needle on that record 10,000 times. Everything I learned there is still with me, 40 years later. Nobody has ever made a better sound come out of the dobro and your endless search for an improved tone thru your vintage Dobros, Guernseys, and your partnership with Paul Beard has elevated the sound of the instrument for all of us. Your touch, tone, and lyrical quality of playing is absolutely unique and your open attitude and sense of taste propelled the dobro out of the bluegrass/country box and showed all of us that it could fit into any kind of music, limited only by the imagination and skill of the player.

    I am forever grateful that you played with me on a cut of my CD Freehand and I’ll never forget the few hours we got to spend in the studio. Everything about you, your skill, your professionalism, your humility, your willingness to share your gifts, and your gentle nature are all things I aspire to and are inspired by. Your legacy of inspiring so many people to play the instrument is, I know, not something you dwell on, but I hope that with this award and the testimony from folks here and elsewhere, you’ll take a moment to let the gratitude and love of so many wash over you and bask in it. You deserve every bit of it. Thank you…kindest regards, Orville Johnson

  2. Mike King says:

    Hello Mr Auldridge,,

    It was hearing you way back in the ’70s on a cassette tape that I bought from a friend that inspired me to start to listen to the dobro and then to attempt to play the instrument. Not a common sound at the time here in the UK, the other side of the pond. From then on ,1979 to be precise, I have played the dobro every day trying and I mean “trying” to get close to the wonderful way in which you make the instrument sing. Thank you so much for all of the enjoyment, all of the just wonderful have enhanced my life with.

  3. Carl Jackson says:

    I’m so happy and proud for you, Mike… a well deserved honor for one of the finest dobro players and gentleman around. God bless, old friend.

    Carl Jackson

  4. Thank you Mike for giving your great talent to the world. Hearing the dobro for the first time – after discovering what that instrument was, for I didn’t have a clue at first – it became my most loved instrument in bluegrass. Only recently I picked up the dobro myself and started taking lessons. Being at a beginners level sometimes is frustrating, wanting to play so much better, but I know that it takes a step by step approach and someday soon I will be able to play along with a song. It’s people like you that inspire me to take on this challenge!
    Many congratulations!

  5. Pieter Groenveld says:

    Congratulations from Holland Mike. This recognition and Award is so well deserved. Thank you for so many years of wonderful music and all you did for the dobro. Also Liz (Meyer) would have been so proud.

    Pieter Groenveld

  6. Thank´s Mike
    You have always been a great inspiration for me
    after I met you in 1999 in Denmark

    Kristian Äng / Red Note Guitars

  7. Dear Mike,
    It was an honour working with you back in 1999 when you came to Europe with ABG. A memorable tour – all on trains… I love your music! Congratulations to this well deserved award. You have influenced innumerable people not only in the US but worldwide! Thank you!
    Angelika R. Torrie

  8. Lilly Pavlak says:

    Congratulations Mike!!!
    You are my all time favorite dobro player !!!

    From the first sounds of Seldom Scene till today. Hope you can still remember the Dobro Fest in Trnava …
    All the best for the future
    Lilly Pavlak

  9. gary rue says:

    Gary Rue
    Having a lesson with you was a true musical Joy.

  10. Dave Alexander says:

    Music brings people together way more than politics or religion – thank you for your years of melodious peacekeeping. You have earned all of this recognition and more.
    Dave Alexander

  11. Jeroen Schmohl says:

    Hey Mike,

    I enjoyed your show at ResoSummit 2010 a lot. I learned it is all about tone! thanks!

    Jeroen Schmohl, Amsterdam

  12. Boris Weintraub says:

    Geez, I remember him when he was a lowly newspaper artist. But he absolutely deserves this award, and is a true gentleman besides. Go, Larry the Legend!

  13. Theo Hurter says:

    Congratulations to this wonderful award. I found your first solo album Dobro in a mall, it was’t even a music store, in Zürich, Switzerland, where I was born and raised. There was no other Bluegrass- or Country album in the shelf. Till that autumn day 1976 I always listened to Josh Graves on my sisters Flatt and Sgruggs records. We had a Swiss Bluegrass band called the Bluegrass Family. What I heard on your Dobro album ist still in my ears. A tone of Dobro that was so clear, smooth, tasty and strong. That’s the way, I wanted to sound like and I’ll be working on that all my life. I tried to play Pickaway, Panhandle Country many others.
    I first met you in the summer 1980 at a wonerful concert in Washington DC. I have all your albums in my collection. Many years later I sat just two chairs next to you in your workshop with Jimmy Heffernan at ResoSummit 2010. I never heard such a tone on a Dobro in my life. Thank you for this inspiration.

    I wish you all the best.

  14. Joan Bullard says:

    you are super awesome in the music community.
    I was so blessed in seeing you perform with the Scene, Chesepeake, Carolina Star, & Legends of the Potomac featuring Darren Beachly in the past.
    Your instrument choices is very superb & how you apply them.
    Let your music speak so beautifully.
    Well Done.

    Joan Bullard

  15. Ben Wooten says:

    Mike Auldridge is a never ending source of inspiration to me. From helping even the greenest of students like me, and being the Greatest of all ambassadors to the Dobro. Composing and performing the most tasteful arrangements that I’ve ever had the privilege to witness. ResoSummit 2010 i talked with Mike about cars like he was just a regular guy, I was also able to play in a jam session with Mike for an hour and a half. then I was able to see him perform live @ the Station Inn.
    These are the most cherished memories of my Musical lifetime.

    Thank you Mike, For the Help, Friendship, Inspiration, and the lifetime of great music .

    Ben Wooten
    Lexington, SC

  16. Jerry Pitt says:

    Congratulations goes out to you , but most of all thanks for all of the musical contributions that you have made to the world of reso music . You have been an insperation to myself and countless others . After listening to your slide guitar work years ago I took up the resonator guitar myself and have gotten years of enjoyment from it . Thank you ,your work and artistry will be in the hearts and ears of music lovers for an eternity .
    Jerry Pitt
    J.L.Pitt custom Resos

  17. Martin Froud says:

    Congratulations Mike on this much deserved award. The virtuosity and breadth of the music you have created on the Dobro has been an inspiration to all of us who aspire to play it. There’s no doubt that picking up the Dobro has changed my musical life due in no small part to you. Thanks.

    Martin Froud

  18. Sandy O'Seay says:

    Mike, I picked up the dobro about 5 years ago and started listening to various players. You were the player that I liked right away and even today I strive to play so it sounds, in some way, like Mike Auldridge. I know I stand in a long line of dobro players who feel that way. Congratulations on this splendid award. Sandy O’Seay, Orlando, Florida.

  19. Jason Burleson says:


    Congrats on the National Heritage Fellowship Award. I can think of no other musician who deserves it more. Your musicianship has always been a source of inspiration to me!! I’m always blown away by how beautiful your tone is and how you always know EXACTLY what to play. I’ll also never forget how nice you were to me when Blue Highway first started and we got to play a few gigs together. The world of music is a better place because of you!!

    Best wishes,
    Jason Burleson

  20. George Bogosian says:

    Congradulations Mike on the award, it is well deserved. I’m just a New Hampshire boy who had the Dobro chose him and your influence has set a tone many of us attempt to emulate. Many thanks for your playing and I’m delighted with your well deserved award.

    George Bogosian

  21. Mike Saar says:

    Congratulations Mike! I can think of no one more deserving of this honor.

    I have been a fan of yours since seeing you with the Scene back in the 70’s. That’s where my fascination with reso’s started. I finally got one, a Goldtone Beard, a few years ago and made the trip to your basement for the lesson of a lifetime. I’m still working on it. ;^)

    I think, more than anything, you’ve helped me realize that as a reso player, I’m really a fairly decent drummer. But you also taught me that the only way to get good at something is to keep at it until I get it right. I don’t remember your exact words but the gist of it was that people get good at music not because it comes naturally but because they play… a lot!

    Thanks for all the years of great music, thanks for being one of the best teachers I ever had and thanks for being one of the finest human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.

  22. Kevin Nell says:

    Congratulations Mike on this well deserved award! I will never forget the first time I heard you play at Gettysburg festival. You were definately an inspiration to me. Thanks you for all your contributions to the music.
    Kevin Nell

  23. Rob Harris says:


    You were the first Dobro player I heard & thought, “You can’t do all that with just a slide bar”!
    I picked up the Dobro 10 years ago & haven’t put it down yet, and don’t intend to.

    Sincere congratulations to you for this well-deserved honor!

  24. Claire Armbruster says:

    Dearest Mike,
    This is exciting news and I am so thrilled that this great honor has been bestowed upon you! Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your gifts with the world.

  25. Caroline Wright says:

    Congratulations to a true gentleman whose music and friendship have meant so much to so many. Your music has provided some of the sweetest moments of the soundtrack of my life, and I am deeply grateful to you for every elegant, eloquent note.

    Aloha always from Caroline Wright

  26. Hilary West says:

    Thank you Mike, Your music has inspired and sustained so many people, you are a role model and credit to the musical community. Congratulations on your well deserved recognition.

    Play on and cheers

  27. Tim Finch says:

    Hi Mike,sorry it took me so long to comment,to busy mowing your lawn and mulching your bushes…Congrats! love you ,you really deserve this .

  28. Damon Wack says:

    I can say without reservation that Mike Auldridge has been one of the most influential people in my life. Though I had heard other dobro players as a young college student in Lexington, Ky in the mid-seventies, none caught my attention as Mike. The sound he could bring from his instrument was nothing less than totally captivating, and I firmly resolved to someday attempt to learn this amazing instrument. Though it took nearly thirty years before I made an attempt, the world that has opened up to me since I did is amazing. The dobro is a major part of my life now, from my enjoyment in designing and building them, to playing in various local bluegrass bands, to the many incredible friends I have made through my love for the instrument and the music. Without the sound of Mike Auldrdge, my life would have been very different, and I suspect much less rewarding. So thank you Mike, from the bottom of my heart, for your music, your amazing sound, and what you brought to my life.

  29. sharon driscoll says:

    i always know it’s you and you’re always evocative,

  30. John French says:


    Thank you for your hundreds and hundreds of hours of practice so we could hear and experience a few minutes of something that is truly magical. You are a true American Treasure. Congratulations on recieving this amazing award.

    Thank you,

    John French

  31. Rob Anderlik says:

    Congratulations Mike!

    I am so very happy to see you to receive this prestigious award. Your work has been an inspiration to me and the countless fans of your music. You showed us what was possible on one of the most obscure American instruments and led the way for those who followed.


  32. Gary Pierce says:

    Thank you for all your inspiration, kindness, and many years of pleasure your playing has brought to us. Congratulations Mike
    Gary Pierce

  33. phil randall says:

    that sweet, solid, sound of Mike’s tone has been a great influence on my playing. everytime i strike the string i endeavor to get the sweet spot of tone that he hits every time.
    thanks for the skills and inspiration.

  34. Please accept my thanks on behalf of those of us who are just starting out on the reso, no matter what our age. And as a native of the DC area, please know that I get a smile on my face every time I hear the Seldom Scene version of Hail to the Redskins.

  35. Alan Rausch says:

    Mike, In the early 70ʻs The Seldom Scene and your playing brought me to bluegrass. When I finally started playing dobro after years of banjo, it was your music that guided me and the sound I wanted. The basement session with you was a life changing event, from that point on I had a new approach to playing and am still learning from the cd. How many would take the time, sit inches away and say, “here is how I play”. You played with Good Deale one night in Easton, during intermission you asked me about the sound system, I told you what I thought, it needed some eq tweeking. You walked me over to the sound guy and said, “tell him what you told me”. I was blown away by your down to earth approach. Mike, you are an inspiration to us all, not just musicians, but human beings. Congratulations.

  36. Debbie Durant says:

    Congratulations on receiving this recognition for your amazing body of work. I remember when I first heard the Scene’s version of “Heaven” on my stereo — when the dobro came in, it stirred something deep within me. My heart recognized what heaven itself was going to sound like. Thanks for opening that door for me.

  37. Congratulations, Mike, for this much deserved honor. You are one of my favorite musicians AND one of my favorite people. Thanks for all the great tunes and friendship through the years, and best wishes always.

    Penny Parsons

  38. Lee Gillespie says:

    What more can be said, thats already been said… Except my own personal CONGRATULATIONS…Thanks for your contributions to the Reso world. Lee Gillespie

  39. Ira Gitlin says:


    Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition! You are to the dobro what Bill Keith is to the banjo–the player who gave the instrument a whole new voice and personality, while keeping the roots of the music solidly in mind. Your combination of guts and suavity transcends the instrument itself, and has inspired a couple of generations of listeners and musicians. Thanks for all you’ve done!

    –Ira Gitlin
    Alexandria, VA

  40. Mike Rayburn says:

    A well deserved tribute for making such an indellible mark on music history. Words cannot describe well what the ears hear through the impact of your music. Congratulations and thank you for the sound!

  41. Judy Adams says:

    Dear Mike,
    The first time I heard you play was at the Red Fox in Bethesda. I’d never heard music like that before, and actually hadn’t planned to go, but a friend, Roz, had a major crush on you, and we were goofy teenagers, so we had to go. The band was terrific, like nothing I’d ever heard before, and you were incredible! The sound you brought to the show was absolutely amazing! I can readily understand how you became the Earl Scruggs of the resophonic guitar. Like Earl, not only did you play brilliantly, but you inspired thousands of musicians, many who went on to become professional musicians. You gave them what became their primary path in life. That’s really quite an amazing thing – to inspire others to that degree. Seeing your gift rippling out into the world, catching the imagination and capturing the hearts of people like Rob Ickes, who in turn have touched countless more lives, what a legacy! You are so deserving of this award, and I’m so happy to see you being so honored. Congratulations and wishing you all the best!

    Judy Adams

  42. Dudley Connell says:

    Congratulations to the great Mike Auldridge, perhaps the most innovative person to ever wield the mighty, metal bar to a set of dobro strings. A well deserved and prestigious award to one of our Nation’s finest and most important musicians

  43. I had the pleasure of playing with Mike in Hillsdale, New York when Seldom Seen backed me up. I have always been a big fan of Mike’s playing and now I am happy to say “Congrats”!!!!!!!
    Charlie McCoy

  44. Adam Frehm says:

    Thank you for your tremendous inspiration over the years. From when I first started playing the dobro I have always admired everything you bring to the instrument. I completely wore out my copies of Blues and Bluegrass and Eight String Swing. I will never forget the first time we met backstage at the Podunk festival when you asked me to pick a few tunes with you. We traded guitars and picked the Cincinnati Rag amongst others. I couldn’t believe I was pickin’ with one of my heroes and I still have a photo from that moment sitting on my desk, always reminding me to stay inspired. We played together again at Resosummit a few years back and I’ll never forget the encouragement and enthusiasm you shared with your students, you are a gifted and generous teacher. Congratulations on your well deserved award and I wish you all the best.

  45. Jim Brown says:

    Dear Mike,
    You are so deserving of this award! And thank you for all of the fine music you have played and shared with so many listeners.
    As a 16 year old on one of my first solo trips, I was one of about 4 people at the Red Fox Inn in Bethesda, Md. to hear you and the Seldom Scene with guests Emmy Lou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. Then on to the Birchmere for much more over the years. I so appreciate your sound and influence on me and countless others. And, I appreciate those early lessons: I still have your old single neck pedal steel.
    Jim Brown

  46. Mark Clifton says:

    Thank you Mike, for all the great music and inspiration you’ve provided for so many of us. Well deserving of this honor. Many congrats.

    Mark Clifton

  47. Jim McClain says:

    Congratulations on your achievement ! I, being a novice am only just learning about you and other dobro players. In what I read and hear you certainly are regarded as one of the very best players of the instrument. Congratulations !!!

  48. Chuck Lettes says:

    Thank you for all of the great music throughtout the years. You have always been a source of inspiration to me and to so many others. I’m glad to see you get this recognition.
    Chuck Lettes

  49. Dan Burke says:

    Mike, congratulations on the award and thanks for sharing your considerable talents with the world for all these years. There cannot be a dobro player anywhere who isn’t informed by your playing; we are all students of tone, style and “cool” watching you do what you do so well.
    Dan Burke
    Resosummit ’08

  50. Mark Lackey says:

    Thanks for all you have done for music and specifically the resonator guitar. Your professionalism is paramount. You are extremely deserving of this award. I still continue to turn to you for inspiration within my own playing. You have set a high standard for us to follow and that in itself deserves an award. Thanks for opening this world up to me.


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webcast of the fellowships concert

The National Heritage Fellowships Concert, including a performance by Mike Auldridge, was webcast from Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 4. An archive video of the performance is available at
Click the Photos link above to see recently added photographs from the NEA National Heritage celebration events.

Mike Auldridge has been named one of nine 2012 recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowships – the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.

The Washington Post called Auldridge "one of maybe a handful of truly innovative Dobro players in the history of country and bluegrass music." Indeed, it is no exaggeration to say that Mike Auldridge forever changed the sound of the dobro. There is the dobro before Mike, and there is the dobro after Mike, and the dividing line is unmistakeable. His influence is evident in the playing of every dobro player who has followed him, and his role as the key inspiration for the generation of dobro masters who followed him is an important element of his musical legacy.

This website celebrates Mike's enduring achievements, and the award of this prestigious fellowship to him.

read the NEA bio of Mike Auldridge here


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