- Cullman, Alabama


January 1, 2013

Mike Auldridge, Founding Member of Seldom Scene Bluegrass Group, Dies at 73


In more recent years, he played with Harris, Lovett and bluegrass singer Darren Beachley. Auldridge, Gray and Starling were also reunited in the past decade under the band name John Starling and Carolina Star.

This year, Auldridge completed a trio album with fellow Dobro players Douglas and Rob Ickes and was a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Elise Fox Auldridge of Silver Spring, Md.; two daughters, Michele Auldridge of Madison, Wis., and Laura Auldridge of Malibu, Calif.; two brothers, Gene Auldridge of South Carolina and steel guitarist Thomas Auldridge of Wheaton, Md.; and one granddaughter.

In addition to the Dobro, Michael Auldridge was also accomplished on the lap steel and pedal steel guitars. Although he often came to Nashville and Los Angeles to record, he never became a studio musician, preferring to stay in Maryland.

"We converted a lot of people who thought they didn't like bluegrass," he told The Post in 1981, "but they liked what we were doing. That was our greatest contribution."

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