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Auldridge passes away

Saturday, December 29, 2012 – Mike Auldridge, a leading resophonic player and member of the Seldom Scene, died this morning, 1 day short of his 74th birthday in Silver Spring, Md. of cancer.

Born in Washington, D.C., Auldridge began playing guitar at 13 with Josh Graves a key influence. Graves also sold him his first Dobro. A graphic artist, Auldridge started playing music full-time when his employer, the Washington Star-News, folded in 1976.

Auldridge was a founding member of the Seldom Scene, a leading bluegrass band in the Washington area. He also played with Darren Beachley and The Legends of the Potomac bluegrass band, Emerson and Waldron, Cliff Waldron and the New Shades of Grass, Chesapeake and John Starling and Carolina Star, which featured three original members of The Seldom Scene. He also toured with Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris.

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