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. Dennis Wilson says:

    Thanks for the music what a wonderful man and visionary.

  2. Bill Richardson says:

    Mike and the Seldom Scene were my inspiration to play bluegrass. His tasteful Dobro was an inspiration to me and probably tens of thousands of others

  3. Deloy Oberlin says:

    It was hearing your albums in the mid seventies that inspired me to pick up the dobro.
    When I first met you face to face I was struck by your humility and grace.
    Your tasteful example has brought honor to the instrument and the music. That you are the recipient of the NEA award is an honor well deserved.
    Thanks for you and your music,
    Deloy Oberlin

  4. Kitsy Kuykendall says:

    Mike Auldridge is one of the most elegant musicians I have ever watched and listened to. I am not a musician so I cannot comment on the way he plays but rather only on what my ears hear. The Dobro’s sound has always made me smile. Mike’s sound makes me grin from ear to ear! I always thought he was the instrumental exclamation point in the Seldom Scene band. He fit the band’s sound so perfectly. I remember the Washington Post called the band’s sound the chamber music of bluegrass. Well, I think one reason that is was because of Mike’s playing–always right for the song, never overplayed, just perfect. But, I also want to mention his baritone singing which was also “right on” and a perfect fit for John Duffey and John Starling’s voices. One last thing–I believe his version of “Lorena” is the best one I ever heard! Thank you, Mike for so many years of wonderful music. We are all better for it and absolutely better for knowing you as a person. Kitsy Kuykendall

  5. Dave Ziebarth says:

    Mike, Congratulations on the NEA National Heritage Fellowship award. I can’t think of anyone more deserving. Like everyone else, I’ve been inspired and awed by the beauty and tastefulness of your dobro playing. But I am truly surprised how few people know what a great pedal steel player (and teacher) you are. Thanks for my first couple lessons on steel and for directing me to Buddy Charleton.

  6. Mickey Stinnett says:

    Congratulations on this well deserved honor Mike!
    I remember getting hooked on the Seldom Scene as a youngster when my Dad used to crank up the Scene on his 8 track in the shop. Little did I ever expect to be sitting in Mike’s basement years later knee-to-knee getting lessons from the man himself!
    You’re a class act and a true national treasure Mike. It’s wonderful to see you get honored in this way.

    All the best,
    Mickey Stinnett

  7. Mike,

    I really like your smooth classical sound & Style. Anytime I hear one your songs I always know it is you playing the Dobro.

    Congratulations on your award!

    Little Miss – Emily Hogeback ( Blind Dobro Player )

  8. JD Myers says:

    Congratulations Mike ,…A very well deserved honor . The contribution of your great gift ,.. will ring throughout “Reso History ”

    JD Myers
    Fishook Custom Resonator Guitars

  9. Tim Saylor says:

    Thank you Mike for opening up a world of music to me and showing me the way to get there. Congrats to you buddy.

  10. Mike,

    From the first time you encouraged amateur me to play my guitar along with you, Dave and some other pro pickers at the house in Kensington so many years ago, I knew you were a very special person with such an immense amount of musical talent!

    This year’s NEA Heritage Fellowship is one more affirmation of what I recognized about you fifty years ago. And it is so richly deserved. Over those years, your music has made my life so much more enjoyable, at festivals, at the Birchmere, on the stage at George Mason University and on so many recordings. I’ve grown old with your music, but never grown tired of it. What a wonderful gift you’ve shared with all of us over these many wonderful years.

    Mike Kelley

  11. Tom Adams says:

    Congratulations, Mike! and thank you for all of the wonderful music you’ve given all of us over the years. I first saw you play in 1977 and I was just blown away by your tone and the magic of the band. You are such an inspiration.


  12. Dan Mazer says:

    Mike, there are no words to express how deeply your music, your kindness, and your friendship (not to mention the occasional ride to The Birchmere) have meant to me. You’ve been an inspiration to me for over half my life. Every time I pick up a dobro, I wish I could come anywhere near the tone, taste, timing, and tuning that you bring to the instrument. Congratulations on the NEA Award. You certainly deserve it.

  13. Roy Thomson says:

    Congratulations Mike!! You so deserve.

    Roy Thomson, Nova Scotia Canada

  14. Tom Foote says:

    Mike —

    At last, you are to receive the National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship!
    Your innovations and influence are pervasive. Rob Ickes said, when he was introducing you to receive the IBMA Lifetime Achievement award, your playing is “the Holy Grail of Tone” for resonator guitar players. Moondi Klein was correct when he introduced you as Mr. Tone and Mr. Taste. Just as Josh Graves opened the door from Oldtimey into Bluegrass, you opened the door to what has come to known as the “Uptown Sound”..cleanly played with beautiful tone single note back up that is your signature. You opened the door and over the bridge crossed Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes other modern players. Thanks for blazing the trail and giving the rest of us tone and taste to shoot for. We love you.

  15. I’ve read all of the Tributes to you Mike and it’s hard to find words that haven’t already been said.
    Anita and I are honored to have shared time with you. I don’t know if we will ever meet a nicer Gentleman. Out of the hundreds and maybe thousands of people you have met you always manage to make everyone feel that he or she are the most important and do it with a smile too.
    You have touch so many lives and none of them will ever forget you.
    Congradulation of the2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award.
    Carroll and Anita Benoit

  16. Mark Potler says:

    I remember back when my friends and I were in high school and would drive down to the old Birchmere from Baltimore to hear the original Seldom Scene lineup. The highlight for me was the dobro player. Mike Auldridge added something special to that band and continued to do that to everything he touched later in his career. His tone, sweet licks, and musical interpretations are truly unique in the music world.
    I am a guitar player but always wanted to tackle dobro /resonator guitar. I am fortunate to live not too far from Mike and took a couple of lessons from him. He makes you feel at home and relaxed. That is quite a feat when your student is in total awe of you. I am not exagerrating when I say I compare my dobro lesson with a guitar lesson from Eric Clapton.
    Mike, thank you for teaching me and moving me forward. Thank you for the many many hours of enjoyment listening to your playing. Thank you for expanding the musical IQ of myself and thousands like me. Congratulations for a much deserved award.

    Mark Potler

  17. Jeff Agnew says:


    Congratulations on this award. No one is more deserving. I’m grateful to you for many decades of inspiration, musical and otherwise, but also for your friendship. I hold dear the moments spent with you on stage, studio, listening to performances, or just sitting around chatting. As you can tell from the many comments left by friends and fans, you have touched many lives. May you continue to do so for a long time. You are the very definition of a class act, on and off the stage.

    I remember well when we were discussing your potential sideways move to pedal steel, maybe taking lessons from Buddy C, picks, bars, et. al. You said to me, “I really want to make the move. I just hope it doesn’t mess up my dobro chops.”

    News flash — it didn’t.

  18. Charles C. Graham (Bud) says:

    I am so happy seeing you recognized for your talent. You have touched people all over the world with your style of playing and your personality .
    I would also like to say that your kindness and respect for all of us has not gone unnoticed . Developing a friendship with you has been a blessing. You are a mentor to us all in many ways. Anita joins me in congratulating you.

    Bud and Anita Graham

  19. Paul Lyttle says:

    Mike I wish you a very happy and enjoyable presentation which you richly deserve.
    All the best from Bonnie Scotland!

  20. Jeff Retherford says:

    Mike,It’s great to see you geting some well deserved recognition! Thanks for the many years of great music and for your friendship.I have become a better player thanks to watching and listening to you play.If Chet Atkins is mister guitar than you surely are Mister Dobro.Thanks again Mike,cheers!!

  21. b.g. munford says:

    we love you mike. always have, always will. you’re the absolute best.
    b.g. & mike munford

  22. Jeanie Ramos says:

    Congratulations on your well deserved award. May God Bless you as you continue to share our gift with others.

  23. Bob McEvoy says:

    Mike: you will never know how often we have used your playing techniques, to understand the correct way to play this instrument. Your guidance has helped the builders to refine their building techniques. Your lessons have been a step by step guidance to get that Mike Auldridge sound. Other than Josh no one has had more influence in developing the modern Dobro sound. We thank you for your lifetime contribution and look forward to your continued contribution to the Dobro family. Thanks for all of your hard work.

  24. Bill A. Cobos says:

    Congratulations,I found the Dobro 4yrs ago and realized recently that all the moderns roads lead through you.I hope to see you play again.
    Bill Cobos,
    Friday Harbor Wa.

  25. Earla Harding says:

    You are my hero! Thank you for filling my life with joy when I hear your music and see your wonderful smile. Congratulations!

  26. Bob Lay says:

    Mike…..Just sit back and enjoy…..Throughout your lifetime you have given so much to the people who enjoy your music you have certainly earned this honor. Bob Lay, Helena Montana.

  27. Mike Patton says:

    Congratulations, Mr. Auldridge, and thank you for sharing your heart and your soul through your music. You are an inspiration!

  28. Richard DeNeve says:

    Impeccable in appearance, impeccable in artistry, impeccable in musicianship, and impeccable in taste. The epitome of every player’s aspirations. And the nicest and most humble of the men I know. Thank you, Mike, and God bless you. You go, guy!

    Dick DeNeve

  29. Elvis Keene says:

    thanks for a world better off because of great inspirations such as you,God bless

  30. Bill Holden says:

    Mike……CONGRATULATIONS on this well deserved recognition! You have been and continue to be an inspiration to all who love music. I still fondly recall your workshop in ’04 and your patience with me as a beginner. Thank you for that experience which I will never forget. “Live at The Cellar Door” is playing as I type this……it doesn’t get any better. All the best for continued success……

  31. Paul Koptak says:

    Richly deserved. Congratulations and thanks for your insipration.

  32. Dear Mike,
    Thank you for the tremendous contributions you have made to the Dobro, to bluegrass, and to musical worlds beyond. After Josh Graves, you were the first “major league” player to emerge. Your playing inspired thousands and entertained millions. I first encountered you at Culpeper, VA with Cliff Waldron, Bill Emerson & the New Shades of Grass in 1968 and over the next decade introduced you on many a stage. I learned another side of your artistry when I attended Scotty’s Steel Guitar Convention in Saint Louis and found you a featured performer alongside all the other greats. You’ve been a gentleman and a diplomat as well as a thorough professional during your entire musical career. What a legacy! Your national honor is very well deserved.
    Your friend,
    Fred Bartenstein

  33. randy cole says:


    congratulations. you are very deserving of this honor as you have defined how a dobro should be played and sound.

    you have always been an inspiration and the kindest you have shown not only to me but everybody in the dobro community is special.

    i still have the letter you wrote me 25 years ago asking you for a lesson and spending 45 minutes with you between the 2 sets you did that nite always stayed with me.

    thanks for the good times hanging out and just being good friend.


  34. Wayne Weikel says:

    Congratulations Mike Auldridge! I have enjoyed your music for many years and I can think of no one that deserves this honor more than yourself. I also appreciate your mentoring efforts with Curt Baker and others. My hat is off to you sir!

  35. Dave Fox says:

    Congratulations on winning such a prestigious award! What an honor it was meeting you at Reso Summit! You have inspired so so many of us and I thank you Sir! Dave

  36. Jan and Bob Hansen says:

    Congratulations Mike on receiving the Heritage Fellowship. We have known of you for the more than 20 years that Rob Ickes has been in our lives.His wife is our daughter,Jennifer.He has spoken so highly of you and your gift to him as he discovered the Dobro through hearing your amazing talent. As you know it touched him deeply. Our entire family is so proud of Rob and pleased for this much deserved tribute to you.
    Jan and Bob Hansen

  37. Valerie Smith says:

    Dear Mike,
    I have always admired you talent and you deserve many blessings from all hat you have given to the music community. Not only is your musical talent vibrant and unique, but also your personality. You are so wonderful to visit with and has never failed to share good advice to me. Honor to make music with you, but also to be a professsional aquantence. Congratulations for your award and you certainly deserve the title. Ill be thinking of you during your big moment!

    Valerie Smith

  38. Kim Gardner says:

    Mike, I’m not sure I’d even be playing Dobro if I had not gone with a friend to my first Bluegrass Festival in ’74 and heard the incredible music you were absolutely mystifying me and everyone there with! I didn’t know what that thing that guy was playing was, but by gosh, I knew right then and there I had to have one and learn to play it just like him! Well, I never learned to play it just like you – only you can do that, but you absolutely changed my life that day! Not many people ever get to see their heroes in person, much less actually get to meet them and sit down and have conversations with them…I feel truly humbled to have done both. You are and always will be the best – congratulations buddy!

    Kim G

  39. Pete Remenyi says:

    Mike, your playing has been a major inspiration to me since I started playing the instrument in the mid 1970’s. To this day I always marvel at what you do on the instrument and how tasteful your playing is. Congratulations on a very well deserved award.

    Pete Remenyi
    Death by Banjo

  40. Mike Witcher says:

    Hi Mike,

    It’s about time! Congratulations! I find it hard to express the impact you have had on my life. I reflect often on our first meeting. You were so kind and generous to give me (a 14 year old who could barely hold the bar) a lesson after a Chesapeake show at Shepherd Of The Hills in Granada Hills Ca. I still remember a few of the licks you showed me. Your kindness, patience and encouragement that night gave me the fuel to pursue my dream. Thank you for your music and your encouragement! I am ever grateful.
    Mike Witcher

  41. Peter Radvanyi says:

    Hi Mike,
    congratulations! I still remember your visit in Trnava when you played with Richard Bennet and Jimmy Gaudreau at Dobrofest 2000. It was great time. DOBRO, DOBRO, DOBRO!!!
    Peter Radvanyi

  42. Chris Hart says:

    A well deserved award to one of the best musicans & most humbled i’ve ever known. Thank you so much for inspiring me to play dobro & for teaching me. I love your playing & most of all i love you for the wonderfull person you are.

  43. It’s so rare that anyone in bluegrass gets the recognition they deserve, let alone someone who’s primarily known for his exceptionally good taste. So congratulations, Mike, and thanks for creating so much amazing, emotive, and timeless music.

    Having spent the last 20+ years listening to Dobro and bluegrass music as part of my daily routine—and literally wearing out my “Dobro,” “Old Dog,” “Blues and Bluegrass,” Cliff Waldron and the New Shades of Grass, and Seldom Scene records—I think Mike Auldridge exemplifies what bluegrass music has unfortunately lost over the past couple of decades: the willingness to just play what the song needs at any given time, even if it’s just one note. Mike developed a ton of intricate Dobro vocabulary that (whether they know it or not) is deeply ingrained in the playing of almost everyone who’s learned the instrument since, and he can play as fast and flashy as anyone out there. But when you hear Mike play a solo, it’s always a sublime interpretation of a particular melody that brings real significance to the song, and takes you note by note on a musical journey–never just a bunch of licks over a chord progression. Signature tone and timing, perfect taste, and a stately personality–a true musician. It makes me so happy to see Mike Auldridge receiving this well-deserved NEA Fellowship!

  44. Vic White says:

    Heart felt congratulations on your many achievements Mr. Aldridge. The world is a better place because of you & your contributions. Always the consummate gentleman, a finer ambassador for our wonderful instrument could not found. All hats off to you sir.

  45. Joan Bullard says:

    love your style with your instrument choice

  46. travis perry says:

    what a talent, and role model, and a nice guy, you deserve it

  47. Celia Millington-Wyckoff says:


    Although I’m not a dobro player, the Seldom Scene had a tremendous influence on me as a member of The Bluegrass Union in Iowa City, IA, in the early ’70s, and as a member of Whetstone Run (from central PA) in the mid- to late ’70s. One of the high points of my musical career was when Whetstone Run had the opportunity to play at The Red Fox Inn–we were so thrilled, because our heroes The Seldom Scene played there! In your role as one of the style-defining dobro players of a generation, congratulations on receiving this award!

  48. Tim O'Brien says:


    Congratulations on this very well deserved honor. I am proud to know you and to have played some music with you. You’ve left your mark on the musical world and we’re all better for it.


  49. Jana Lockaby says:

    Congratulations. Thank you for being such an inspiration, all your kindness, and always encouraging me to never give up. Love, Jana and James Lockaby

  50. Matt Levine says:

    Mike, you are the first real “dobro” player I heard in my life, and influenced my music ever since. Words cant really do any justice to how youve affected me and so many others dobro-wise, but this is an honer that is well deserved….Congratulations, Mike…


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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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