Saturday, January 5, 2013

Mike Auldridge 1938-2012

Cancer claimed Mike Auldridge on Saturday, December 29, 2012, one day before his 74th birthday. Auldridge was a founding member of The Seldom Scene, a bluegrass band that gained national attention not only for their musicianship, but also for being a highly successful group that kept their day jobs and only played once or twice a week, and then only in and around Washington, D.C. The band was formed in 1971 and, although they didn't tour, produced a series of albums that led to national and international fan bases. Auldridge's dobro playing and baritone harmonies were an integral part of the Scene's unique sound.

Below is a video clip of a song featuring Auldridge that has remained one of my favorites. It conjures up emotions shared by my wife and me during those years when I spent half my life on the road.


  1. This is a sad day in Bluegrass. Mike Auldridge was a great dobro player and a darn good singer. They are one of the greatest bands in the genre and were the heart of the wonderful Bluegrass scene in DC. RIP Mike and thanks for the music.

  2. Such a great band, they were. Good bye, Mike.