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Dobro Master Mike Auldridge Dies at 73
Bluegrass Musician Was Founder of the Seldom Scene
Mike Auldridge
Mike Auldridge
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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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