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. Kathy Pantaleo says:

    Dear Mike,

    Fell in love with your music before I ever knew what a dobro was. It has made life better for so many people. Congratulations!

    Kathy Burge Pantaleo

  2. Dan Tyack says:

    Congratulations on the Fellowship (what took them so long?).!
    I was 16 years old and had just started playing the dobro when I heard your solo record. I was hooked, and didn’t put down the instrument until I figured out how to play Pickaway. For me, you define the ultimate in taste and tone. And you and Paul Beard came up with a pretty amazing instrument (I’m a proud owner of an MA6, although for some reason I don’t sound quite as good as you).

  3. Ben Eldridge says:

    Hey Mike,

    I can’t believe that it’s been almost 50 years since we met in Tom Morgan’s basement in Takoma Park. My recollection is that you were playing a Gibson flat top guitar with a resophonic resonator installed. Even then you had a bunch of Uncle Josh’s stuff down cold. We’ve played a lot of music together over the years since then – picking parties, Monday nights in my basement with you, me, and Dave,singing Osborn type trios, later on joined by Starling and Gary Henderson, a year or so with Cliff Waldron, various recording projects, and 23 glorious years with the Scene. What a blast!

    Not only are you the greatest Dobro player on the planet, you are one of the funniest guys I know. I’ve heard all of your Auldridge family stories dozens of times, and, although I know what is coming, they put me on the floor laughing every time. “That f****** s*** is your dinner, David!” If the Dobro hadn’t worked out so well, you could have been a great standup comedian.

    Congratulations, Mike, on the prestigious award. It is well deserved and long overdue. I’m really proud of you and proud to be your old friend.


  4. Mike,
    As stage managers at the Church Stage for Wintergrass in Tacoma, WA a few years ago, I had the pleasure to work with many artists. Not only are you a great Dobro Artist, but you are a pleasure to visit and work with. You are a true Gentleman. Congratulations on this award.

  5. Jimmy Gaudreau says:

    Hi Mike,
    You may or may not recall our first encounter but I certainly do and I’d like to share the moment. You were working with Bill Emerson & Cliff Waldron in 1969 when I moved here from Rhode Island to join the Country Gentlemen when I decided it was time to venture out and catch some local bluegrass. That very memorable evening found me at The Red Fox Inn in Bethesda where that band was holding court and I felt lucky to have gotten a seat. And yes, the powerful Emerson banjo may have been leading the charge, but it was your Dobro playing that really got and kept my attention. I’d seen and heard a few others play the instrument, but not nearly to the degree I witnessed that evening and I was beyond impressed with your playing. In retrospect, I believe that during the break when I was introduced to you I was shaking the hand of the man who I and many others believe to be the direct link between the early pioneers and the young explorers who, in recent years have taken the Dobro to new heights. What I didn’t know at that time was that years later I’d find myself working along side you in several bands which would include Chesapeake, Auldridge, Bennett & Gaudreau, The Skylighters and Carolina Star. For me, those were great years both musically and personally, since I got to travel and perform with people who would become some of my closest friends.
    And today, as you are being honored, I’m proud to say that I do indeed consider you to be one of my closest friends, and yes, still one of my musical heroes. Congratulations Mike, well deserved and long overdue!

    Jimmy Gaudreau

  6. Steven Darnell says:

    Congratulations Mr. Auldridge.

    I have been a blossoming dobro player for 20+ years and always go back to your material as an inspiration to continue to attempt to master the instrument you have defined. The tone which you extract from the instrument is absolutely stunning.

    I have admired your work alone, with the Seldom Scene and with Chesapeake. On my “Bucket List” is a note to hear you play in person. I only wish I could be at the concert tonite to pay tribute to you…. a dobro player in a class alone.

    Steven Darnell

  7. Kevin Prater says:

    To Mike!!!
    Thanks for all the dobro music you have brought us and vocals as well. You will always be
    a inspiration to me and one of my all time favorites….. Kevin Prater, The Bluegrass Brothers

  8. Roger Ryan says:

    Hi Mike, Congratulations on your outstanding and well-deserved Award. Hope you enjoy the occasion and have a great day.

  9. John Pyles says:

    I started listening to bluegrass in 1962. I first heard you on vinyl and you became my #1 favorite dobro player. I have been playing bluegrass since 1963 (not dobro) and still listen to your music on my iPod. Keep on pickin’.

  10. Mike Saunders says:

    Mike A where A is for AWESOME! Congrats on this special honor for a world-class artist. Followed your picking since the 60s and still look for your CDs! Congrats, Mike S

  11. Ronna Dansky says:

    Congratulations! You’ll never know how many lives you’ve touched through your music. Thank you so much.

  12. Larry Klein says:

    Congratulations on this award that no one deserves more.

    You have always been and always will be the greatest in my book. Your consummate musicianship inspires countless other to try to sound like you. Thanks for the timeless music, the inspiration, the vision and the creativity, and here’s to many more years of trail blazing!

    Larry Klein
    Host and Associate Producer
    The Bluegrass Sound
    Guitars, Cadillacs and Hillbilly Music
    Syndicated, ETV Radio network

    PS Although you once so kindly jotted down your thoughts on the secrets to “Eight String Swing” for me, I have come to the conclusion that is more than just work, may the force continue to be with you!

  13. Hello Mike,
    congratulations to this wonderful award. It is in right hands and certainly well deserved. You were the first resonator guitar player that I ever heard on records of The Seldom Scene as well as on your own projects. From that moment I fell in love with this instrument and it really changed my life completelly. In those times living in comunistic country I never imagined I might see or hear you in person. When it happened in 1995 in Owensboro, Kentucky and you passed me to play your own guitar I was literally breathless and my deepest dream came true. Thank you for everything what you did for the world of resonator guitar, thank for your kindness and generosity and thank you for sharing you talents with us.

    Henrich Novak, Slovak Republic

  14. Chris Miles says:

    Thank you Mike for many years of great music and ideas. Because of you I started playing years ago like many others I’m sure. Now my playing always has your influence as does my hair have your color. Congrates and looking forward to many more years of listening.

    Christopher Miles

  15. Jim Norman says:

    Many years ago, several years after I’d started playing dobro (inspired by you, of course), I developed an allergy to the nickel contained in those old Stevens steels. In desperation, I wrote you a letter and was delighted when, a short time later, a thoughtful, hand-written reply showed up in the mail. Not only were the suggestions helpful, you were most encouraging of a new player. Months later, I managed to grab you coming off the stage at a festival and you were again gracious and encouraging, inviting me back the the Seldom Scene van to check out my custom stainless steel slide and discuss dobros. I’ll never forget the kindness and the inspiration. Thank you. Congratulations on a well-deserved award.

  16. Greg Cahill says:

    Huge CONGRATS, Mike, on receiving the prestigious NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award. You have been a role model for all musicians, not only dobro players, by the class with which you always present yourself on and off stage. Your musicianship continues to be an inspiration to players of all the bluegrass instruments – you bridged the gap between the fantastic playing of Uncle Josh and the “newer” sounds of today. We all appreciate you and your contribution to the world of bluegrass music (and beyond) very much.
    Greg Cahill

  17. Owen Huckabay says:

    Hello Mike, As many have already said, you have been a great influence to me and my effort to play the Dobro. Your ability to express feelings into your playing is unique only to you. Congratulations on this much deserved honor and may your music continue to inspire others for generations to come.
    thanks for the inspiration,
    Owen Huckabay

  18. David Coleman says:

    Mike: Congratulations.

    I go back to the Red Fox and the early Birchmere days.

    I took one lesson from you, but I find that still can’t play the Dobro very well. What is up with that?

  19. john starling says:

    Mike – thanx for all the pickin’ and for reminding me how full of it I am. You made my life worth livin’ — love ya JS

  20. Karen Robinson says:

    My husband and I had to opportunity to hear Mike Auldridge and the original Seldom Scene a couple of years after they formed. Wow! We enjoyed it, but we didn’t fully realize what we were hearing. History in the making. He is hands down the all-time best dobro player ever. I don’t think he’ll ever be beat! We wish you the best and no one deserves this award more than you. Congratulations!!!

    Danny and Karen Robinson
    Clintwood, VA (Southwest VA)

  21. Lane Gray says:

    Congratulations, Larry the Legend (and all those others Duffey bestowed on ya)!!
    The guy who deliberately taught me how to play both Dobro and pedal steel.
    The guy who (along with Ben, John, John, Phil and Tom) unintentionally taught me what to play and that it’s more important to know what NOT to play.
    You once said (listening to my band’s CD) that I “put just the right notes in just the right places.”
    The best compliment from the best source, and I ‘m pleased I learned the lessons.
    Thanks for everything

  22. Dan Napolitano says:

    It was an honor to meet you and have you record for us on our “Lawyers on the Loose” single. Pete Kennedy produced it, and I was astounded when he told me you were going to handle the tracks. As always, you gave us a stellar and memorable musical moment. Thank you, and congratulations. Dan Napolitano & Lunar Groove

  23. Tom Middleton says:


    Thanks for being so approachable and kind to novices like me who spent hours trying to learn at least one lick off your monumental Takoma album. It really meant a lot to find out what a great person you are in addition to being such a fine musician. I also think you are one of the snappiest dressers working the bluegrass stage today.

    Tom Middleton

  24. Sherwin Kidd says:

    Congratulations Mike on a well deserved award !!!!
    Everytime I hear your name or hear you play, I think about the Seldom Scene. Your tone and style has had a big influence on Bluegrass music. The stuff you did with the Scene will never get old and I’ll be listening to your playing for many years !!!!

  25. Christy Reid says:

    Mike, I have loved your playing my entire life. I have actually had the huge honor of making music with you and Lou…which is a big highlight in my life both personally and professionally. I am so proud of your accomplishments and even prouder to call you a family friend! Thank you for adding your talents to the latest Lou Reid and Carolina album “Callin’ Me Back Home”! Love you Mike!

  26. Dean Eaton says:


    Your music-making has been a source of joy and inspiration to more people than you can imagine.
    May you always do what you love, and always love what you do. ❤

    Dean Eaton

  27. Lou Reid says:

    Hi Mike, Congratulations on receiving this prestigious award! No one deserves this honor more than you.
    You undoubtedly changed the sound of the Dobro forever and designed a new template for every other Dobro player in the world either professional or amateur to learn from.
    You are such a great guy and an inspiration for many, many musicians including myself.
    Thanks for all the good times, great music, laughs and friendship that you have shared with me over the years.
    I’ll never forget em’.

    Lou Reid

  28. Yvon Jackson says:

    Congratulations, Mike! A great tribute for a very deserving person.

  29. Buddy Wright says:

    Congrats Mike, for a well deserved award. I have been hooked on your sound since the Emerson and Waldron days. Thanks so much for the music and wonderful memories of live shows. You are definately a class act, on and off the stage.

    Buddy Wright

  30. Perrie Allen says:

    Hi Mike, Congrats. Thanks for making my Thursdays at The Birchmere. It is an honor to know you, although it has been a while. I loved your artwork as well.

  31. Ray Gross says:

    Mike, you are the reason I learned to play dobro. I first saw you playing at Montgomery Fairgrounds around 1980. Been hooked ever since and love it. Congratulations on award.
    Ray gross, York Pa

  32. David Moultrup says:

    A well deserved tribute to you, Mike. Congratulations on the NEA award. I treasure the opportunities I’ve had to spend time with you and play music together. All of the gushing about your playing and about you as a person has already covered anything I could possibly say. You’re one of a kind.

  33. Art Rogers says:

    thanks Mike for the great inspiration, i love your style of playing and you truely are a great reso player

  34. freddie skeens says:

    you are and will be the best dobroer to me.thank you for great music and menories.

  35. Ruth Iseli says:

    Hi Mike,
    I thought my friend Angelika Torrie was teasing me when she one day mentioned: “there is a gift here for you from Mike Auldridge”. But she was correct: you wanted to thank her for some recordings she has sent to you and so she asked you for instructional material for her beginner Dobro friend…ou
    I listened to this DVD many times and man many more times to the CD. Due to your teaching about using slants I always have a close way to the next chord on the neck! And your octave playing adds power without too much effort……I could go on here… Thank you for being such a source of inspiration for me.
    Meeting you in Dallas in march 2012 and being able to pick with you and get some feedback on my picking was for sure a HIGHLIGHT I never expected to have.
    Hope there’s a chance to repeat this next year. My best wishes
    Ruth Iseli

  36. Ken Irwin says:

    Hearing Mike Auldridge play the Dobro was like hearing the Dobro for the first time! Quite simply, he revolutionized the role of the instrument in bluegrass, all the while producing some of the most influential solo Dobro albums, and playing exciting solos live and contributing stellar backup. Prior to Mike, the Dobro was not the essential and star-making virtuouso instrument it became in his hands. A monster player in his own right, Mike inspired Rob Ickes, Jerry Douglas, and countless other Dobro-players of today.  On and off stage, Mike has always been a gentleman and one of the coolest people in the bluegrass community.


    The Rounder Folks   Marian, Bill and Ken


  37. Dan Brooks says:

    Mike…First met you in 1980 at a festival I only attended in order to see you play with The Scene. Got to shake your hand. Then you gave me a thrill I’ve never gotten over…you spent about 2 hours showing a rank beginner some tricks of the trade. Since then, through my years with The Herd and beyond, I’ve called you a friend. It was and is an honor to know you. Huge congrats on this NEA honor. Hope to see you soon. Take care.
    Dan Brooks

  38. Eddie Adcock says:

    I’ve always thought very highly of both Mike Auldridge and his playing. He’s such a nice guy, and he always has a twinkle in his eye. And Mike is one of the tastiest players ever. Especially on the slow stuff, he’s Mr. Taste, and you have to admire that! For sure, he fit the Seldom Scene perfectly — could it be because he helped create that sound?!? He’s got a place in history.

  39. Mike: When I heard the first playing of City of New Orleans, I was hooked on the Scene. The sound was unmistakeable to me then and remains through the years. Your dobro was the single most memorable thing about the greatest sound in bluegrass I’ve ever heard, then and now. From my days coming to the Red Fox, Cellar Door, and the Birchmere ,thru the years hearing the wonderful sound of your incredable dobro, to your days playing with my longtime friend Darren Beachley and the Legends, you have provided to this old guy the very best of the sounds and memories of all my highlights in the bluegrass world. I’m proud to have known you and gotten to know you better in recent years, and I wish you the best, going forth. An award richly deserved to one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met anywhere!

  40. John Senior says:

    Mike: Congratulation on your award, it is well deserved. Mike our lord has given you something so very special and that is to change people as you share your talent here on earth. Many years ago you had this effect me and my life has not been the same. Thank you for being a good example as you share your wonderful gift.

  41. Danley Rold says:

    Mike, looks like you’ve got a lot of reading to do here but I just wanted to say thanks and congratulations. We’ve never met and maybe never will but you have been a part of my life since I first heard your recordings in the early 70’s. I’ve learned to play the square neck resonator and the pedal steel guitar thanks to your inspiration. All I can say is Smoke and Steel (with your friend Jeff Newman) and 8 String Swing and really so very much more. Congratulations and thanks again for everything.

  42. Leigh Hill says:

    It was 1972, when I was newly minted Bluegrass DJ, that I was handed a new album by a free-lance record promo guy. Takoma/Devi(?), a Bluegrass label? An entire album devoted to an instrument that started with players in the baggy pants comedian tradition? Sure, “Uncle Josh” went beyond that image somewhat, but he never got a whole LP of his own.
    Well, as a tyro, I was willing to go along with the promo guy and play something sound-unheard. Train 45 1/2? That’s familiar, but what’s with the half?
    I soon found out that there was quite a bit more than just a half that was coming out of those grooves. I was hooked and remain so to this day. Thanks, Mike, for making the Dobro (er, “resophonic guitar”) into an instrument and a half and more – something that was definitely a big part of something.

  43. Richard Atherton says:

    The spider took away the biscuit thanks to you, Mike!

  44. Robert Crowder says:

    Hi Mike

    Congratulations on your recent award. When I heard from Rob Ickes that you had won this award, it caused me to dig out my old LP albums from the early eighties. What good stuff. I think your music influenced a lot of dobro players since those days.

    Robert Crowder

  45. Edward Meisse says:

    Have enjoyed your CD’s immensely. But I have only actually tried to copy the 8 String Swing style of play. Your instruction CD was extremely helpful in that. But I’ve, “Loaned,” it out. So I’ll need to buy another. Thanks also for your patient advice via snail mail, email and the SGF. Congratulations on the award.

  46. Wayne Ashmore says:

    Thank you for the inspiration you have been, to myself and many other Dobro players and Bluegrass fans throughout the world. Since the late 1960’s, your contributions to music and to the instrument, created in me a passion to play and write new material. I am honored to call you friend and in awe of the humble way you have always treated your much deserved fame. To me you have always been a tasteful innovator of some of the most inspiring and beautiful music. You are and will always be a hero to many, including myself.

  47. Mike,

    Congratulations on what is often called “the stick to your guns award”. If you stand still long enough, the world revolves to you, again and again. That’s what has amazed me all these years we’ve known each other. Just when the new guy came along, he was asked, “What are your influences?”, the answer was always “Mike Auldridge!” You made it OK to be a Dobro player. You played beautifully constructed solos on songs that were vital to the times and with substance that had never before been uncovered.
    When I first heard you with Emerson and Waldron, I knew that I had a new guy to listen to, emulate, and I had to get smoother or I wasn’t going to be able to follow the path to Dobro Nirvana.
    Then you had to go and get in the Seldom Scene where you were all like Rockstars and had groupies and trophy wives and……..wait a minute, (there’s a good song title) I just got carried away a little bit. Even if Elise is HOT, that gives me no right to go off on that tangent. We’ll just keep that one between ourselves. Oops I said that out loud too!
    Remember when the bluegrass guys sporting too much Foggy Mountain testosterone would swear that you and I hated each other? We never did. We were the best of friends then, just as we are now. But we did enjoy staging a little sneer now and then just to get the party started.
    Anyway, you are my Hero. Without you, and Josh, there would be no me, no Rob, no anybody. Those strange looking guitars would either be in attics, or on people’s walls with weird orange flowers coming out of them. All the cover plates would be on hubcaps and the screens would be on tailpipes.
    Relax. None of that is going to happen. What is going to happen is you and Rob and I are going to have a Cagefight and the winner can donate all the proceeds to their favorite charity. Come on!

    With love,
    Jerry Douglas

  48. Tim Edes says:

    Congratulations Mike on an award well deserved !!!

  49. Eric says:

    Delighted to hear about your NHFA. You have been an inspiration to me since I saw you playing at the Red Fox In in Bethesda. Walt really blew it when he would not give you guys a raise.

  50. When I first heard you play I was just blown away, as I became more aware of your music both from Seldom Scene and your solo work, I discovered a whole new realm of music from the Dobro. I had to learn to play. Killing Me Softly has been played easily a million times by your recording of it and myself attempting to recreate your mesmerizing version of it. You are a musical hero and inspiration to thousands of players out there. I am but one, but a big fan and admirer of yours. Congratulations on this wonderful honor. God Bless You and stay strong.


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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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