|Birth: ||Dec. 30, 1938|
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 29, 2012|
Mike Auldridge-He was widely acknowledged as a premier resophonic guitar (the instrument formerly referred to as a Dobro) player. He played with The Seldom Scene for many years, creating a fusion of bluegrass with jazz, folk and rock. Born in Washington, D.C., Auldridge started playing guitar at the age of 13. His main influence through his early years was Josh Graves who also sold him his first Dobro. A 1967 graduate of The University of Maryland, Auldridge worked as a graphic artist for a commercial art firm in Bethesda, Maryland and then for the now defunct Washington Star-News. He did not start playing music full-time until the Washington Star-News folded in 1976. Auldridge last played with Darren Beachley and The Legends of the Potomac bluegrass band. Past bands include Emerson and Waldron, Cliff Waldron and the New Shades of Grass, Seldom Scene (of which he was a founding member), Chesapeake, The Good Deale Bluegrass Band, and John Starling and Carolina Star (which featured three original members of The Seldom Scene). Mike was also a member of the touring bands of Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris. Auldridge worked with Paul Beard (Beard Guitars) to produce the Beard Mike Auldridge Models of square-neck resophonic guitars, including an 8-string version. Just one day prior to his 74th birthday, he died on December 29, 2012 in hospice care in Silver Spring, Maryland after a lengthy battle with cancer. Auldridge won numerous awards including a Grammy, Frets Magazine's "Dobro Player of the Year", the International Bluegrass Music Association's Distinguished Achievement Award and was named a National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow in 2012.
Dobro Master Mike Auldridge Dies at 73
Bluegrass Musician Was Founder of the Seldom Scene-
Mike Auldridge, a Dobro master and founding member of the bluegrass group Seldom Scene, died from cancer Saturday (Dec. 29) at a hospice near his home in Silver Springs, Md. His death came one day short of his 74th birthday.
Starting as a guitar player, Auldridge switched to the resophonic guitar -- or Dobro -- when he was 17. In 1971, he joined banjoist Ben Eldridge, guitarist and vocalist John Starling and bassist Tom Gray to form the Seldom Scene, a band that stretched the boundaries of bluegrass music into the folk, rock and jazz idioms. He remained with the Seldom Scene until the mid-1990s and subsequently formed the group Chesapeake.
Influenced by Josh Graves, the Dobroist for Flatt & Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys, Auldridge in turn became a music role model for the inventive and award-winning Dobroists Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes. His work earned him a National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship earlier this year.
Shortly before his death, Auldridge completed an album with Douglas and Ickes that is scheduled for release in 2013.
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Record added: Dec 31, 2012
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