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Mike Auldridge

Mike Auldridge at The Birchmere, December 2006
Background information
Born 30 December 1938
Genres Bluegrass, Country, Instrumental
Instruments Resonator Guitar
Years active 1960s - present
Website Official website
Notable instruments
Beard MA-6 Beard MA-8

Mike Auldridge (born 30 December 1938, Washington, D.C.[1]) is 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.

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.[2] 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.

Today Auldridge plays with the Legends of the Potomac bluegrass band[3] and John Starling and Carolina Star, the latter band featuring three original members of The Seldom Scene.

Auldridge has worked with Paul Beard (Beard Guitars) to produce the Beard Mike Auldridge Models of square-neck resophonic guitars, including an 8-string version.

Auldridge has won numerous awards including a Grammy, and Frets Magazine's "Dobro Player of the Year."

References

  1. ^ Allmusic biography
  2. ^ Holland, William (November 19, 1972), "Young Man with a Dobro", Washington  
  3. ^ "Good Deale Bluegrass Band: Band Members". Good Deale Bluegrass Band. http://www.gooddealebluegrass.com/band/bios.html. Retrieved 2009-05-18.  

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