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. Lennie Harvey says:

    Congratulations, I can;t think of a more deserving recipient. Maybe you have to be a dobro player to understand the key part played by Mike in the evolution of the instrument, but you only need to be a human being to hear the beauty and grace in his playing, and if you are ever fortunate enough to meet him, it will be plain that the music is a true reflection of the man himself.

    Well Done!!

  2. Bruce Kaplan says:

    I had literally never heard of the dobro when I began playing your Takoma LP on WUTC, Worcester, Mass in 1975. Along with Norman’s “Home in Sulphur Springs,” it helped set the tone of the times and introduce me to some of the music that would be a huge part of my life when I moved to Chattanooga 15 years later. Hearing you with Darren Beachley & Legends of the Potomac at the Boxcar Pinion Fest a couple of years ago was a huge treat, and it sort of completed a circle for me personally. Congratulations on this richly deserved award.

    Bruce Kaplan, Barking Legs Theater, Chattanooga TN

  3. Emory Gordy Jr and Patty Loveless says:

    [Patty (Loveless) and I (Emory Gordy Jr) prepared and sent a letter to the NEA National Heritage in support of Mike. This comment is based on, and paraphrased from that letter, and now we direct that letter, this comment to Mike]:


    (Emory here): There are only a handful of Dobroists (Resophonic player) who can be recognized by ear, with just one or two musical phrases; be it the genre of Bluegrass, or any recorded event. Mike, you’re one such player.

    When I was co-producing the Emmylou Harris Album, “Angel Band”, Emmy and I asked you to fly to Nashville from Washington DC, simply because of your unique style. (Keep in mind, there were, and still are, MANY great Dobro players in Nashville).

    Mike, you’ve been a fixture in BlueGrass music for many, many years, and your reputation as an icon in that genre made you the perfect fit for that project. And like Emmylou, nobody sounds like Mike Auldridge.

    When I mention “unique style”, you are not only a great player, you’re also a great person; so pleasant to be around. You’re well respected by your peers, and you are the perfect model for young upcoming musicians.

    (Patty here): Mike, another opportunity to utilize your talents came when Emory and I were preparing for my “Mountain Soul 2” album. Again, your beautiful, dulcet tones were heaven sent for that project. BTW, that album won a Grammy in the Bluegrass Category. You were the ultimate team player. Oh, and I use your intro from one of the album’s songs as the Ring Tone on my Cell Phone. It identifies the people I love most. Mike, for me, that is the ultimate “ringing endorsement”.

    Congratulations, Mike

    With love and respect,
    Emory and Patty

  4. Kathy Keenan says:

    Jim and I want to wish you the heartiest congratulations for a very well deserved honor! You are one of our national treasures! Give my love to Elise and the girls!

  5. John C. Cole says:

    I play dobro in large part because of you Mike. It has been a source of joy for me for 25 years, and I have earned a part time living from in the past several years. No one playing in the past or today could evoke such emotion by a single solo or back up lick. You are my model of how to play and when I hear dobro in my head it is you. I saw you once a couple of years ago at ResoSummit and wanted to meet you but I was overcome by emotion and could not approach you. I just want to say congratulations and you are loved and adored by me and so many other dobro players.
    J. Cole

  6. Danny Stevenson says:

    Congratulations Mike on winning this most prestigious award!!! There is no one I can think of who is more deserving. Thank you for your fantastic body of work. I’m sure there is a lot more to come. Thank you also for your humble and thoughtful consideration of your fellow man. You didn’t have a clue who I was when I called you and asked you what guitar I should buy. You treated me as if you had known me forever. I will always remember that.

    Taking classes under you at the ResoSummit is a true privilege and a highlight of my life. Thank you for your dedication and devotion to such a wonderful instrument. You make us all want to play better. You are greatly admired and loved by so many in the music business. That should make you feel pretty darn good!! This award is just icing on the cake.

  7. David bias says:

    Congrats Mike,

    It is always a pleasure too see and hear you play. I’ve got some “knick-knacks” in the oven a I write. Lester would probably give us a firm handshake on that one. Hope to see you soon.

    Dave Bias

  8. Patricia L. Farrar says:

    Congrats to one of my dobro “heros”. You have been an inspiration to me since the day I decided to pick up the beast and learn to play. I have so enjoyed meeting you and taking classes from you at the ResoSummits, and hope to see you back very soon. You certainly deserve this great honor.

    Patty Farrar

  9. Lou Wamp says:


    No gentleman more deserving. Your Tacoma record was my first, and thus formative, dobro album. Like the rest of us, it was so compelling and beautiful to hear and play along with, we ended up learning every song. Then when I finally got to meet you c. 1980 backstage in Chattanooga after the Scene opened for Bill Monroe, you were kind enough to not only talk to a newbie kid, but to modestly show me some licks you had just played onstage. Thanks for taking the time with me and so many others!! While many like me do not know you personally, we have followed this example for 3 decades in your honor. When Bluegrass Unlimited reviewed my solo record, they compared my work with who else but YOU!
    Thanks for taking us all to Dobro Island

    Lou Wamp

  10. tom licari says:

    Thank you Mike for the inspiration and all the time spent enjoying your music!

  11. Katy Daley says:

    Mike, I spent a lot my life in your audience — either Thursday nights at the Birchmere or playing your music on WAMU. You made a huge contribution popularizing Bluegrass — first in the Washington area — and then around the world. I can never tell you how much you and your music mean to me. Thank you, Mike.

  12. Hal Bloom says:

    Congratulations Mike. I first met you in 2004 at a Mike Auldridge/Jimmy Heffernan weekend workshop in Winchester, MA — your playing and teaching was so inspiring, and got me headed in the right direction, not that I’m anywhere close to where I’d like to be. Thanks for all you’ve done for the dobro community.

  13. Tom Thorpe says:

    Mike, congratulations on a well-deserved recognition.

  14. Janet Peters says:


    I met you a couple of times in Dallas at the Texas Steel Guitar Show courtesy of Benoit Guitars. We listened to you play, talk and teach for hours. Nobody else plays the way you do. I didn’t understand that unique ability until I started playing Resophonic Guitars and Lap Steels. Now, at least I have a clue about it. By the way, Resocasters CD is the best. I listen to it a lot when I’m working in my workshop making Dobro straps – just let it loop. You deserve this award and much, much more. Thank you.

  15. J.P. Johnson says:

    How many millions would like to leave a timeless legacy such as yours ? A man lives on for generations in his children and grand-children. Anybody can do that. But beyond that, you, in particular, will live on for generations by virtue of your music. You took the music (and the instrument) from where you found it, to places where others never thought it could go. A visionary and you didn’t even know it. You may not even see it that way now; but others do ! I know there ain’t no magic involved in it. It’s the countless thousands of hours of practice and hard work. It’s waking up from a dream about how this or that “thing” could be done and getting up out of bed and going to the instrument and working it out before you forget the “thing”.

    You once said to me, “My music is everything to me.” That’s a direct quote. Now, I ain’t dumb enough to have taken that too literally, but your point was well taken. Certainly there are other things that fill up any man’s life. As we get older those other things take on greater import. But the great passion you have for your music has remained virtually unchanged. And you have made a difference. A difference in the lives of your fans with the comfort of something as simple as a song and, perhaps more importantly, to your contemporaries.

    There’s some fourteen year old kid out there somewhere right now, in a woodshed physically outplaying you and Rob and Jerry too. He’s doing that because he had better teachers than ya’ll did. You gave Rob and Jerry a “jump-start”. They had a better teacher than you did. It’s simple … my farrier’s son is a better blacksmith than his father ’cause he had a better teacher.

    The music itself will out-live the player. Always has… always will. Just look around. And the reason for that longevity is because, in it’s simplest definition, a song or a tune is a suspension of time. Nothing more or less. Like any good poem, it is simply a suspension of time. Time always seems to stand still when I hear you play. And one more thing…

    Because of your patience and encouragement, I’m a better builder … I’m a better player … I’m a better human being. I am forever thankful for you and the music you have given the world.

    J.P. Johnson

  16. Luca Fortugno says:

    Mike Auldridge… needless to say…. 🙂 a MASTER !!!
    Thank you for your music… thanks for inspiring me!!

    Greatest from Italy


  17. Michael Barton says:

    Mike – congratulations on your Fellowship, it was long overdue. Thank you for all that you have done to inspire generations of dobro players. And thank you for the help you provided me while I was starting to play this instrument that we love so much.
    Michael Barton

  18. Tut Taylor says:

    Knowing you down thru the years has been a wonderful experience. You deserve everything, my friend.

  19. Leah Ross says:

    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and The Birthplace of Country Music would like to offer our congratulations on this most deserving recognition. Thank you for the joy you have brought to the world through your many different performances.

  20. Steve Toth says:

    Congratulations Mike on your National Heritage Fellowship award! I can’t think of anyone more deserving. I feel blessed to have known you as a friend and as a musical inspiration. I was first hooked on your playing in the days of Emerson and Waldron. And then you blew me away with your “Dobro” album. What a gift that was to the world of the dobro and as an influence on my playing and life. I spent many hours, weeks and months working to learn, the best I could, many of the great tunes you played on that album. Your style, tone, attack and overall great sound have always been a joy to listen to. And when I heard you again up close at the Station Inn just a few years ago I was once again amazed by your terrific sound in a live setting – you haven’t lost a bit over the years, in fact, you’ve just gotten better! You are also one of the nicest people I’ve known over the years both in music and in my whole life.

    All the best to you in the future and thanks for the wonderful influence you’ve had on my life.

  21. missyraines says:

    Dear Mike,
    Congratulations on this well deserved honor!!

    Your music has been part of my life just about since I can remember. From Cliff Waldron to the Seldom Scene, to your solo records, you have influenced a generation of musicians. And not just your notes, but your gracious demeanor on stage, your immaculate appearance, your perfect harmony singing- not to mention the ease with which you made ‘the stroll’ from your dobro mic to the middle of the Seldom Scene trio, always just in time, always with a smile.

    Nobody did it like you. The words ‘taste’ and ‘tone’ are synonymous with Mike Auldridge, everyone I know says that.

    I keep a photo on my desk of the night I filled in for Tom at the Birchmere a million years ago and I’ll never forget how kind and helpful you were to a very nervous kid.
    Thank you for your music, and for being such an incredible role model.

    best always, Missy Raines

  22. Ben Winship says:

    When I think of you, I think of impeccable tone and taste.
    All the rest is gravy.
    But the gravy is great too.

    Ben Winship
    Victor, Idaho

  23. Theodore B. Engle says:

    Mike, I first saw you with Auldridge, Bennett, and Gaudreau at Wintergrass, maybe 2001, and was amazed, hooked, with the fine performance. That was a power lineup to see at my first Bluegrass festival. Now I play Bluegrass guitar all the time. Your show was a huge inspiration!

    Here’s to a fine career, a fine musician. Congratulations on your National Heritage Fellowship. You sure deserve it. I will look forward to enjoying past, current, and future music from such a great dobro player.

    Ted Engle

  24. I was kinda nervous walking up to Mike after a Merlefest dobro workshop and asking him if I could take a lesson with him. I quickly realized that not only does Mike love the slide guitar but he loves sharing it with people. I had already been a musician most of my life. In those early years, Mike helped me find my way around the dobro so I could figure out how to get my musical ideas out on it. Nowadays when I talk to Mike, he shares his stories about what it’s like to be a life long player…not just cool stories about people he’s jammed with and trips he’s taken, but about what it really feels like to live the life of a musician/slide guitarist. Both of these things have been equally important to my life as a musician. I can honestly say that this man has made my life richer. I knew it already, but reading these other comments shows that I’m far from alone. Im so glad that Mike is receiving this honor. It’s so nice to see that in a world filled with so much noise that we can still manage to honor truly deserving people. Thanks for everything Mike and congratulations!!! 

  25. Dear Mike,

    Congratulations to you on this great achievement. Your musicianship, taste and tone have impressed me ever since I heard your ground-breaking first project years ago. You’ve been a seminal figure in the development of dobro playing and aesthetics and you’ve certainly helped to pave the way for several generations of players who now define the art form. I just want you to know that you’ve made an indelible impression on this mandolin picker, and I remain your friend and admirer. Best to you always, Mike.

    David “Dawg” Grisman

    • Editor's note says:

      A gem in Mike’s discography is Tone Poems III: The Sounds of the Great Slide & Resophonic Instruments, featuring (and produced by) Mike Auldridge, David Grisman and Bob Brozman (Acoustic Disc, 2000).

  26. Rory Feek says:

    Congratulations Mike! Your influence is all over our albums, thanks to the impact you’ve made on Rob Ickes performance style. The ‘waves’ that your musical gift has created have a far reaching impact and will continue to travel on forever.

    God bless you and your family.


  27. Mike, sincere congratulations on this well-deserved honor. I greatly enjoy your recorded work and play it often for my radio listeners. You’re a treasure! I’m also the proud owner of MA-6 #99. It’s a great instrument, worthy of its namesake, and I do my best to make it sound like it should! Again, congratulations.

  28. Paul T. Stanley says:

    You’re not only the best dobro player but a great guy! Thanks for the time you took showing me the “Lorena” lead-in at the Prism Coffee House in Charlottesville. That is one of my best memories. Also the lesson I took from you at your home has helped tremendously. You don’t realize how many people you have influenced not only by your “one of a kind sound”, but your personality as well. The picture of you & I at your studio hangs in my music room. You are the true “Master” of the resophonic guitar!

  29. GEORGE "Keoki" LAKE says:

    What a fantastic career topped with this great award ! Whatever more could be said has already been said in all these threads acknowledging this wonderful deserving event ! As a
    guy who plays primarily Hawaiian, I have always enjoyed your Dobro stylings. Congratulations, Mike !

    George “Keoki” Lake

  30. Bill Nork says:

    Hello Mike,

    Congratulations on this well deserved award.

    The taste and tone you demonstrate in your playing is a guiding light for all musicians, not just Dobro players.

    Shine on.

    Bill Nork

  31. Dana Thorin says:

    I am not a musician, but a long time fan (too many decades..). I can remember the awe I felt the first time I heard your Dobro LP in the early ’70s!!! That awe and amazement grew with each subsequent recording you released and each time I got to see you perform. To hear that from a fan is one thing, but the number of musicians who credit you for their inspiration is incredible! Thursday night’s recognition is way overdue!!!

    Thank you for the wonderful music!

    Dana Thorin

  32. Hey Mike,
    Many congrats to you for getting the NEA award this year. I always enjoyed seeing and hearing you play as much as I enjoyed Ben play the banjo in the early days of the Seldom Scene when I got to attend many of your concerts. Best wishes for a happy and productive future.
    Geoff Stelling

  33. Joe Tho says:

    I gotta tell ya, your playing is a huge part of the reason so many of us think the dobro is just a flatasscoolio instrument and imagine it’s sound in all sorts of different settings. And are always on the lookout for a hot dobrober.

    It’s you, pal. Has been for years.

    Congratulations on this high honor and it could not possibly go to a better candidate!

  34. Chuck Hall says:

    Mike, I’ll treasure the private lesson you gave me for the rest of my life. I still get out the CD of the lesson now and then for review. With all the great players out there you are still my favorite and I’ve never met a nicer guy.

    Chuck Hall

  35. Dan Simpson says:

    I am a very amateur dobro player wjho has been greatly influenced by Mike’s style. From the first time I listened to him on Country Gentleman and Seldom Scene albums ( yes 33 1/3), he was totally different than Uncle Josh & other previous dobro players. ” Less is more” is a term that I would use to describe his style, and should be copied by more muscians on most instruments.

    Dan Simpson – Missouri

  36. Dennis Reamy says:

    Congrats Mike on this special award ! Also, those trips to your house for those lessons back in the seventies will always be fond memories. I still tell all my dobro students I always saw you play every week at the original “Birchmere” in Shirlington. Still remember when you would play dobro and pedal steel sometimes with J.D. Crowe there ! Well… I’m looking at my “MA Beard” guitar now and getting ready for some gigs with my band. Hope to see you somewhere soon !

    Dennis Reamy

  37. L. Bogue Sandberg says:

    Thank you for inspiring countless people like me to play and enjoy the dobro. Your playing can’t be matched but will always be a beacon to light the way.

    Bogue Sandberg

  38. Brad Hansen says:

    Through my brother-in-law Rob Ickes I’ve come to enjoy a style of music previously unknown to me. Your effect on him has continued on through me and members of my family. Kind of like a sound wave.
    Thank you, and congratulations!

  39. Fred Schiffner says:

    Mike : I cannot think of a more worthy recipient of this prestigious award
    Congratulations and keep on playing that beautiful style which you developed
    Fred Schiffner

  40. Erik Thomas says:

    Mike, a well deserved recognition of a life so inspiring to others. The first bluegrass record I ever bought was the Seldom Scene back in the late seventies. I immediately fell in love with bluegrass and that fantastic sound you guys had. I went out and bought a guitar and have been playing bluegrass for more than 30 years. At one time I had all the Seldom Scene records and a couple of your early solo albums. I even had the opportunity to meet and pick with you and Ben at the 5th String in Sacramento one afternoon back in the eighties. I think you guys were playing in Sacramento and someone talked you into dropping by the parlor for a pick.

    Anyway, from one whose heart was transformed by you and your band, I want to thank you for who you are and how you’ve influenced the genre in the best possible ways!


    Erik Thomas

  41. Tom Schmidt says:

    Mike…your accomplishments are too numerous to mention. My first impression of your playing was a tune entitled Spanish Grass on one of your earlier albums. I have been a fan of your for over forty years and will continue to promote you and your music as long as I can. Again…CONGRATS on this tribute !!! Tom Schmidt “Mr Nashville Steel ”

  42. Y Hawkins says:

    Mike, Congrtulations!! What an incredible award and so well deserved. I listen to Seldom Scene cd’s I have quite often. I love listening to your style of dobro. Keep providing the world with your kind of music and it will never stop being played!! I have introduced my granddaughter to your music and she loves it as well!! Thank you Thank you!!
    Y. Hawkins Harpers Ferry WV

  43. Alana L. (Habercom) Miller
    I’ve known you since I was in high school thanks to Tom Gray. It was excellent being able to see you again and watch you play. Had lots of fun. You’re one of a kind and I’m honored to know you.

  44. Congratulations to Mike Auldridge on this well deserved award. I first heard Mike’s music on a recoding, Greensleeves, with the Seldom Scene circa 1984 on the fabulous WAMU. I quickly bought the “album,” then many more, saw the Scene in concert, and bought a Dobro at Appalachian bluegrass in Catonsville. The resonator guitar, and music of genres including but not limited to bluegrass, swing, and Americana have been a big part of my life, bringing me much joy ever since. Mike, I owe you a debt of great gratitude. THANK YOU!

    Jeffrey Anzevino
    Founder, Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association

  45. Brad Bechtel says:


    Congratulations on a well-deserved honor. You’ve made it possible for so many people to enjoy so much music, both through hearing you play and by being an inspiration for other players.

    You’ve proven that the resonator guitar is not limited to any one genre, that the only limitation is the player. I wish you many years of happiness and joy.


  46. Artemis BonaDea says:

    Mike, I have only been playing the dobro for about two years and while I know I’ll never be in the league of the professionals, it is bringing me so much pleasure. Since I live in a small rural Alaska community, I have taken advantage of instructional DVDs and I’ve been struct by how many people mention you as a teacher or inspiration – or teach a lick and then say, “That’s how Mike Auldridge does it”. It truly shows that you have made many contributions over the years and inspired so many people.

    I’m sure it hasn’t always been easy for you but thank you for perservering over the years. You certainly deserve this award.

    Artemis BonaDea, Alaska

  47. Mark Delaney says:

    Mike!!! I’ve said this countless times before and everyone who knows you as a friend knows this. You are the coolest guy in the world with an awesome sense of humor. You are the essence of cool. And that is what you’ve done with the resophonic guitar. You’ve made it fit into any and every musical situation out there and not only that, you make it sound like it’s belonged there the whole time. I am so lucky to have spent a gazillion hours in your basement as a bandmate. The ideas and the tones that come out of whatever guitar you’re playing floors me every single time.
    The countless stories. 😉 I’ll never forget you and me test driving some of Manuel’s Matador jackets when we were killing time in Nashville one day. I’d try something on and it would look ridiculous on me, then I’d hand it to you to try on and it would suddenly become the coolest looking jacket ever! I’m still waiting for the instructional video, “How to be cool…By Mike Auldridge…The coolest dude that has EVER lived” to come out.

    Oh, and by the way, You’re right about the bumper and grille on that ’49 Ford custom. It would look better chromed instead of white. 😉

    …Mark Delaney.

  48. Eric Fisher says:

    Your music has inspired me to pursue the DOBRO as my instrument of choice. Congratulations on an award well earned. I will always remember meeting you at RESOSUMMIT in Nashville and watching you play up close and personal. Best wishes.
    Eric Fisher

  49. Jim Hurst says:

    Mike Auldridge.

    Those two words identify a man by name. And by any measure a very nice name. By the look and sound of it – to the average person – it doesn’t reveal the musical greatness and importance, inventiveness and creativity that has filled the ears and hearts of listeners, fans, and bandmates who have shared the stage with him. It doesn’t hint at the many, many musicians spurred on to learning and the ultimate careers of countless others who have heard the excellence.

    But to those that KNOW this Mike Auldridge, it is a name the exemplifies all of the above and more. In this case it is also a name that is synonymous with talent, excellence, quality, class, and a gentleman. Always presentable, heck I think this man sleeps in classy style… He is never unkempt or disheveled by appearance or demeanor. I admire that, and I also hate that.

    Before anyone gets all defensive because of that last statement, I hate it from a good place. He makes me want to look better each and every day, whether or not I will be seen by anyone. Gone are the days of being visible in sweatpants, shorts, t-shirts, scruffy beard… etc.

    But that is a good thing, but admittedly I just like being a bum, some days. So thanks for THAT, Mike.

    I, for one, am a musician whose musical awareness and appreciation has been enhanced by Mike Auldridge’s talents, his excellent skills in recording and live performance, and his re-inventing of the resonator guitar, or Dobro – as it is called.

    Mike, I am a better musician, a better listener, and a better person because of you. You.

    I have gotten to visit with you on several occasions, fortunate to play music with you a couple times, and have been enhanced by listening to you and your music over the course of 40+/- years. Wow, what a legacy, what a joy, and what a cool dude. You are the MAN!

    May God be with and hold you and yours, and if there’s anything I can do for you, please don’t hesitate to ask. Even though I don’t say this to many men, I love you brother.

    • Jim Hurst says:

      OH, I left out my CONGRATULATIONS on the well deserved award! MAN, I thought I had written a good note… so much for me ‘thinking’.

      Congratulations on receiving this award. God has blessed you immensely and this is a wonderful token of your achievements and another way of acknowledging your contributions to music. Yes sir!

  50. Jimmy Ross says:

    Just think Mike, if it hadn’t been for you and you playing, there would a lot fewer reso-players in the world today.


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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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