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. Ruthie Young says:

    Congratulations on your well deserved award. The first time I heard you was in Stuart Virginia at Wayside Park – The County Gentlemen’s Festival 1979 and it changed the course of my life. I was so taken by your playing and the Seldom Scene I instantly became a dedicated lover of the acoustic music, the style, the sound and the awesome class you displayed. You are a class act and a National Treasure for sure..
    Ruthie Young ( just a fan)

  2. 77 Borah says:

    Thank you, Mike, for setting the standard of taste and tone. You remind me how powerful it is to play simply and with feeling. You get more feeling into fewer notes than an awful lot of players. (I’ve listened recently to Satan’s Jeweled Crown 709 times. I have a lot of homework.)
    Thanks again, for the inspiration, and congratulations on an honor well deserved.

  3. Mike is simply one of the finest men I’ve ever met.

  4. This is a wonderful honor you deserve so much! Congratulations on this achievement, but many of us have known for a very long time just what a great person and performer you are !
    Here’s to YOU !
    Sharon Wiggins

  5. Dave Currie says:

    Dear Mike, I want to say a personal thank-you for the time you’ve taken to send replies to me and many other players over here in the UK over the years. We don’t get to meet too many top players and when you make that effort to help us it gives us great encouragement. Thank-you……and while I’m on there’s a bit on Pickaway where………………….;-)))))

  6. Ed Cirimele says:

    Congratulations on receiving this prestigious award for love of the dobro.
    Keep pickin’,
    Ed Cirimele

  7. Congratulations Mike!
    I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor. I’ve been a fan since your Emerson and Waldron days. I saw you first, live at one of the first festivals I played with The New Deal String Band in the very early ’70s and have always been impressed by your tasteful playing and baritone singing. Since I heard about the award I’ve found pictures from shows you did with Doc Watson and me at The Bottom Line and remembering what a great time we had with T Michael, you and I sharing my hotel room and talking deep into the night. Many thanks for your incredible contribution to my first recording years ago, I’m deeply honored. Your contributions to our music run very deep. Playing music with you has been inspirational and enlightening.
    Many thanks, old friend.

    Jack Lawrence, journeyman guitarist

  8. Moondi says:

    Ledge, without getting totally gloppy with my comments I would offer that without knowing you I would not have learned to assemble a Pedal Steel Guitar, and hence never allowing a sound man to do it for me because I needed a bathroom break. We should have played “don’t it make my brown hair blue” at that fester. I would also not have known that if you feel a shooting pain of fire coursing up your left arm while playing the dobrats for the first time….you are doing it right.
    May the drywall corners forever be sowed into your jean creases.
    Chesterbury tale: one half of the poem:
    “When going to gigs the Ledge likes to ride in the Limo’s”

    I know Ed knows the rest of it…. the Chesterbury tales are, “Ledgendary”
    Wave Lyrics? I mean really? love you Miguel

    Moondi Klein

  9. barry sparks says:

    congradulations mr. auldridge. your phenominal musical talents have given me countless hours of listening pleasure and for that i personally thank wishes for the future and may god bless you and yours!

  10. Andrea Bradstreet, Fort Collins, CO says:

    Dear Mr. Auldridge,
    You have been and continue to be such an inspiration to Dobro and resophonic guitar players everywhere. You innovative style may be imitated, but will never be copied. Thank you on behalf of my late husband, Rick Bradstreet, and me.

  11. Zan McLeod says:

    Hi Mike..Congratulations to a real pioneer of not just Dobro playing,but stellar acoustic musicianship. You were never afraid to take chances,and do songs that were on the “fringe” that now seems mainstream. I first saw the Seldom Scene at Camp Springs NC in 1975..both the instrumentals,and the songs were really great..Those beautiful harmonies I can still hear in my memory ” Wait a minute, did I hear you say you’re going far away,,,,” Zan McLeod

  12. Kinney Rorrer says:

    Well deserved for someone who has inspired so many!!

  13. Gene Johnson says:

    Style and taste… Two of the hardest things to master in music and life. You have done both.

    Gene Johnson

  14. kcsing1 says:

    Dear Mike,
    Congratulations on receiving our nation’s highest honor in traditional arts!! I am thrilled for you!! Thank you for your music which has influenced generations of musicians from all over the world and given joy to millions of fans including me! I’m so proud to know you. You have always been kind to me.
    Kathy Chiavola

  15. Mike,
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for all the years of amazing music making. I was a teenager in Florida in the early 1970s when you were breaking all that new musical ground and it profoundly influenced my musical life. I cannot COUNT the number of hours I spent listening and transcribing your playing on the LP with House of the Rising Sun and all those wonderful tunes. You broke open the mold many many years ago for a whole generation of us who were interested in the possibilities of what we might do with these acoustic instruments. Your imagination, creativity, production values and musical taste have lead the way for a whole generation of us. Thank you Mike and congratulations for this award. Well deserved.

  16. I am an long time amateur dobro player . . . I credit Mike with being my teacher, because I learned to play by studying his first album ” Dobro”. What a ground breaking album. What a sound. And how many more instrumental albums followed ? They were all amazing. I was fortunate to befriend Mike decades ago, when I tried to get him to record some of my orginal tunes. I was a nobody, but Mike, ever the gentleman, treated me like a friend. I am honored that Mike plays a track on my in-progress dobro CD. Mike Auldridge, you are an original, the Ambasador of Dobro. I salute you; I am honored to know you; all the best to you and yours. Dennis McBride

  17. Dear Mike

    Heartfelt congratulations from all the Festival Team at the Ulster American Folk Park in Northern Ireland. With all you have experienced in your professional career, it may be hard to recall that you graced the stage of our 9th Annual Appalachian & Bluegrass Music Festival back in 2000 along with Richard Bennett and Jimmy Gaudreau. I remember visiting your Festival lodging one afternoon to talk to you about that evening’s performance and on hearing you obviously rehearsing inside, I have to confess I stood outside your door for a good few minutes before disturbing you to simply listen and enjoy your gifted playing. Your talent, professionalism, gentlemanly manner as well as your dedication to your art form have all contributed to you being honored at this time. Well deserved…………Good Luck

    Richard Hurst, Ulster American Folk Park

  18. Roland White says:

    Congratulations Mike Auldridge {;^)>:

  19. Paul Barron says:

    Congratulations on the award! You have been an inspiration to us, we are enriched by you. I clearly remember sitting in a friend’s music room in 1973 listening to your “Dobro” album, my wife and I looked at each other absolutely speechless. We’ve pretty much worn that old LP out and some Seldom Scene albums have the backsides showing through as well. You should have seen the looks I got the first time I played my MA-8, for a moment I thought you were playing.

    Paul Barron and Angie Partolan

  20. Jenny Shimmin says:

    Dear Mike. It’s been a long time since I have seen you, but I am so glad to have known you. I want you to know that here in Australia, you are revered as the grand master of Dobro. Thinking of you & Elise. Much love, Jenny

  21. Rosemary Perticari says:

    Farewell, dear music man. Hook up with Giegerich in the choir of angels and teach them some bluegrass before the rest of us get there.

    Blessings to his close family and friends who are grieving. The entire bluegrass community and beyond are the wind beneath your wings.

  22. Pete Ragusa says:

    Thank You Mike for opening my ears to the beauty of Bluegrass music and The Dobro.

  23. Steve Williams, Denver, CO says:

    It’s with a sad heart that I heard of Mike’s passing today. A true talent, one of the best ever.
    The Seldom Scene (the original group), grows smaller. Your fantastic musicianship will be missed.

  24. Casey O'Neal says:

    Mike, thanks for being an inspiration, mentor, Dobro instructor and overall nice guy with loads of class and always willing to share. Back in the late 1970’s as a budding Dobro player you were the primary influence for me and it was so exciting to hear your playing both live and on recordings. The lessons you gave were always full of surprises and it was great to learn the many tips and tricks from the master, who every resophonic player tried to emulate. Later on as pedal steel guitarists it was great fun to jam with you in Paul’s garage and at your home as well, trading licks and talking steel guitar. Farewell and my sympathies to your family.

  25. Steve ONeill says:

    Oh Dear Lord please welcome Mr. Auldridge with open arms since you obviously blessed him with unbelievable talent to make the impact he did on not just the dobro community but music itself. Be peaceful Mike.

  26. Derek Halsey says:

    Wow, folks……RIP Mike Aldridge…a day or so ago I was about to post about the unusually large number of musicians and creative people that have died in this year of 2012, but something said to hold off until the last days played out. Now comes word of the passing of Mike Aldridge, one of the most important musicians in the history of American roots music. I interviewed Mike years ago, off the cuff, out of the blue, when I called him wanting to talk about the late musician Jimmy Arnold. Mike was a HUGE innovator of the instrument known as the squareneck Dobro who, with the incredibly important and innovative band the Seldom Scene, with Emmylou Harris, and his own influential albums including “Eight String Swing,” as Jerry Douglas said in an article in the Washington Post last year, “Mike changed everything!” Mike was TRULY one of the nice guys in the business. I last hungout with Mike when my wonderful friend Pam Gadd and I saw him at the IBMA Week in Nashville two years ago. We talked about his illness, and about music, and he was as sweet as can be. Cancer Sucks!!!! So glad that Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes finished recording that yet-to-be-released new album with Mike over the last year………it will be a very special project coming soon…. RIP Mike Aldridge….

  27. Marco Zanzi says:

    I’M SO SAD … Your music has warmed my sould during the years from my youth till now. Mike, you’ll always have a special place in my heart along with your beloved friend John Duffey.
    Marco – Varese – Italy

  28. RIP Mike Auldridge! Thanks for the many years of wonderful music! You were an inspiration on both my slide guitar and lap steel playing!

  29. Bruce Lindsay says:

    Plays music straight from the heart, thank you for that.

  30. Dan Goins says:

    Thank God we for so many that got to meet Mike and hear him play. My heart is hurting today…he will be missed. Love to his family.

  31. J.P. Johnson says:

    Just imagine the band that’s being put together up there right now; Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Mike Auldridge … if that don’t make you want to go …

  32. Phyllis Erck says:

    Love you Mike Auldridge. ’til we meet again and you greet me with the shy grin, RIP

  33. Kyle Davis Strode says:

    I had the great honor of working with Paul Beard and Mike on several of his signature series guitars. I was designing coverplates and inlays and I couldn’t have been more honored. Mike was more impressed with my creative and made me feel as if I was the great star…that is just the way he was. Genuine and humbled. It was a privilege to know you Mike. Godspeed my friend.

  34. Dave Jones says:

    mike Today I lost a friend and the world lost an incredible human being. Your music will live forever because it came from such a non-asuming person. Had it not been for you I would not be playing steel today. When I would make mistakes you would tell me you did the same thing which was nice but I didn’t belive you.Your dobro influence on steel was so easy to pick out because only you had that. May yourest knowing there are many pickers that will not let you go they will always say how would Mike play that run.
    my Prayers are with your family as they have been with you since the last time I spoke to you and new something was going on. What a band God has now.

  35. Kenny Haddaway says:

    It’s going to be hard to pick up my Dobro, but I know Mike would tell me I better…RIP Mike you were a great inspiration for many and I’m one of them!

  36. Dave Jones says:

    Today I lost a friend and the world lost an incredible human being. Your music will go no forever due to the many people you got started. Not only on dobro but like me on steel. I would not be playing today were it not for you I had already given it up and you got me back that was around 1985. your ability to make everyone around feel so at ease was just great. THE dobro you picked out for me sounds great. I’m still looking for the pedals. My Prayers go out to your family we can wonder what a great band God will have now that you have been added to the you could be so great and still be friends to everyone you came in contact with was your greatist asset talking to to for 5 min. you would think we had known each other 100 years thats just how you were made. Thank you mike for your music and for being my friend You are not someone that anyone on this page will ever forget. Your music will live forever thru you meny students

    Dave Jones

  37. russell sagon says:

    My deepest sympathy to Mikes friends and family. I never got to meet Mike, but he has been a part of my life as i try to play his songs the way he did.. I’m sure him and Oswald and Josh and the other greats are now playing music with the angels. i look forward to joining that band someday. Until then, God bless. Russell Sagon

  38. Andrea Lecos says:

    Thank you Mike for your quiet smile and your profound music. I watched & listened to you from 1975-1996 at the Cellar Door and then the (old) Birchmere with the Seldom Scene and many other incarnations of bands. I’m sorry you suffered and have left this world too soon, but you truly were/are a legend and your influences will live on and continue to be passed down. God bless you.

  39. Jimmy Bunch says:

    Very sad news that we’ve lost Mike Auldridge. He is the reason I became a Dobro player. His first album “Dobro” (1972) brought the instrument permanently into my musical consciousness. I was fortunate to meet and speak with him briefly, years ago, backstage at the Strawberry Music Festival in California. He was such genuinely nice and gracious person. At that event he was playing a “Guernsey” Dobro and gave me a small brochure about them. I am very grateful for Mike’s ongoing musical inspiration. I will continue to listen to his music for as long as I can. ~ Jimmy Bunch

  40. Joe Adams says:

    If Chet was Mr Guitar, Mike was and will always be Mr Dobro…We will always hold your light aloft every time we pick up the steel and put on the picks. Totally bereaved.

  41. Rhema M. Cales says:

    How sad to lose another GREAT…..Mike Auldridge; but you have been chosen to play in the Big Band so R.I.P.until you are needed for the Heavenly Dobro Solo.

  42. Mark Hembree says:

    I remember meeting Mike at Winterhawk in 1979, about two weeks after I went to work with Bill Monroe. I was new, didn’t know many people, and I was filled with anxiety and Blue Grass Boy angst. I was having lunch by myself and Mike came out of the blue and introduced himself and asked if he could join me. We chatted awhile and he made me feel at home, right off the bat. The nicest of guys, a real pal. And of course a musical giant — of the gentlest sort. My condolences to the family, and peace to Mike. And thanks for all the music and kindness.

    • James Sanders says:

      It has been an honor to be able to listen to Mike’s fine talent over the years and to be influenced by it.
      Rest in peace dear sir and thank you for being you.

  43. Kevin Lynch says:

    There will plenty of mention of Mike’s contributions to music. His innovative, precise resophonic guitar work — and his unique instantly recognizeable touch & tone. For that, musicians all over the world are, and will forever be, grateful. But we will never be able to say enough about the gentle, graceful and outstanding human being and friend we all had in Mike Auldridge.

  44. Jack Nida says:

    Thank you Mike for all of your contributions to the musical community. I finally located the sound that I had been looking for in your Signature Model Beard Dobro a couple of years ago and now play it exclusively. Your style of picking has been a great influence in my playing for which I am very grateful.

  45. b.g. munford says:

    we miss you so much already, your sweetness and ready smile and laughter. you were so much fun to be around and now, hopefully you can start an angel band….
    bg. & mike munford

  46. From Living Legend to Legend for the Ages.

    My first outing to the Red Fox tavern in Bethesda back in 1976 changed my life forever. I was introduced to the Seldom Scene by a coworker and had been told to pay special attention to the dobro player. I had no idea what a dobro was but, after that night, its sound was forever engraved in my memory. Before the week was out, I decided I had to have one. Not long after that a friend of mine checked out mine decided he had to have one too — only he ended up so enthralled by the sound of a steel bar on steel strings, some years later, he ended up becoming a luthier and active performer using dobro and Weissenborn guitars he crafted himself.

    Mike gave the music world countless sublime notes over the decades and, now for the ages, but only a very few were so fortunate as to be able to give some of them back to him. Back in the early `90s, he, Jimmy Gaudreau, Moondi Klein, and T. Micheal Coleman played a few gigs for fun just to pass the time between festival seasons at a small restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD. When I got word, I showed up to record the show. At the set-break, “His Legendship” noticed I was using high-end equipment and asked if he could listen to the playback. He then asked if I would mind making him a copy and bring it to the next week’s gig. Needless to say, it was my honor to oblige. He was grateful–a true gentleman and all around nice guy. That was the end of that — or so I thought…

    A couple years later, I saw them on the main stage at Merlefest. The morning after the festival was over, I ran into Moondi and “His Legendship” by chance at a nearby diner. I was advised by them both that, had I not recorded them and given him a copy, they would have simply disbanded and gone about their business. He simply didn’t know how good they sounded while he was busy performing and the tape I gave him inspired him to carry on with their gigs. The combo, later named Chesapeake by the record company, went on to record a few albums and had a good run for a few years as a side project from their main gig with the Scene. I was kinda hoping that he would eventually succeed Tut Taylor as the elder statesman of the dobro whenever he passed but such was not to be. Thank you Mike for all the great music over the decades and, you’re welcome for the tape I gave you. You will be missed.

  47. DENNIS REAMY says:

    I am very sorry to hear about Mike passing away. I took a few lessons with Mike in the seventies and that will always be fond memories. Saw the Scene play every week at the original Birchmere in Arliington, our band Home Brew opened the show for them one night ! What memories. I play the MA Beard exclusively and Mikes inspiration will always be in my music. I was also proud to have done some custom dobro cases for Mike when I was manager for Cedar Creek Custom Case. Mike will aways be in my thoughts throughout the Dobro realm in music !

  48. Bob Dick says:

    So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing today. He was a big inspiration to me, even though I’ve only played dobro for the last few years, I’ve been playing bluegrass since 1979 when I saw the Scene play at Berkshire Mtn. Bluegrass festival. I was only 10 and Tom Gray inspired me to play the bass. Over the years I became very fond of Mike’s playing in the Scene and his solo albums. His harmony singing to me is what made the trios of the scene as wonderful as they were. I was very fortunate to have Mike play on my upcoming CD which his parts were recorded about a year and a half ago. It was so nice to meet Mike and spend time with him in the studio. It was a dream come true for me. God bless your family and rest in peace Mike. We’ll keep pickin’ down here your music will live forever in our hearts.

  49. Very sad day today. One of the great innovators of American string music passed on. He gave us a beautiful gift. His thoughtful, melodic approach to an instrument that was not taken seriously until he came along. Proof once again that it is not the instrument that makes the music but the spirit and imagination in the musician. He heard something that no one else could yet conceive of. But once he did it, it became an iconic way. Part of the ‘tradition’. Mike will be missed, but his sound will live on both in his wonderful recordings and in all of us who learned from him.

  50. Tom Klassen says:

    You and John Duffey joining up again will be awesome but you will still be missed down here on earth.


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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
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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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