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MIke Auldridge my mentor

Thursday, February 14, 2013

I first met Mike Auldridge in 1974. He was playing one of the first Seldom Scene gigs along with The Newgrass Revival and Charlie Monroe! They were playing on a New Jersey drag racing strip (Island Dragway). I had just got my first Dobro (a 60D). I did not know how to tune it , nor that I needed finger picks! I had been playing bottleneck style but not lap style.

 Mike took the time to get me started and how to tune the Dobro. Three years or so later I was playing shows on the same bill as Mike. We got to be friends. He was always so kind to me. He was my idol . I'll never forget when he would pull up to The Waterloo Bluegrass Fest. in his 280Z sportscar and pull out his Dobro. My heart would be racing. The Seldom Scene were fantastic and Mike's Dobro tone was some of the best I ever heard. Sometimes we would  pick backstage . He showed me some slants and stuff  and he always said he loved how I played! I showed him a few bluesy things.

   Whenever I made a CD I would always send it to him to see what he thought. One time he thought I sounded nervous on one tune. Looking back he was so right!

Mike's first solo record changed it all for me. The Dobro was so sweet and pure. One of my favorites still to this day is Dobro Island. He put his right hand way up the neck and it gave it such a sweet sound. I saw him play many times and he came to my show one time. Once they were inviting people up to play and they asked me. I refused (I was a little afraid of John Duffey). The last time I saw Mike was 2 summers ago. He looked thin and frail but he still sounded great! I miss him and I am forever grateful to him for changing my life with the Dobro. I have a letter from him saying I was one of his favorite Dobro players. Mike brought the Dobro to new heights and he did it with class and style. I love him always.

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Playing Since: 1971
Experience Level: Expert/Professional

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Occupation: musician/sign artist

Gender: Male
Age: 66

My Instruments:
Dobro,National Steel(lap and bottleneck),acoustic guitar,electric guitar, reso- ukelele,bass,frailing banjo

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Son House,Willie McTell,Tampa Red,Sol Hoopi,King Bennie,Jim and Bob,Auldridge,Tut Taylor,Norman Blake,Jerry Douglas,Mark Knopfler,Jimi Hendrix,Johnny Bellar,Robert johnson,Muddy Waters,Russ Hooper,Pete Smith,Gene Wilson,John Hammond,Johnny Winter

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Mike Esposito is a long time veteran of the rock,blues,bluegrass,folk blues scene.He has been playing reso guitars close to 40 years.He has opened for top acts like Bill Monroe,Seldom Scene,Norman Blake,Chris Smither,Steve Forbet,The Ventures ,Luther Allison,John Hartford,Johnny Copeland,and many many more.He has appeared on over 25 albums, and has five CD's of his own.His music on resonator guitars has appeared on more than 100 TV shows including shows on VH1,Animal Planet,History Channel,Discovery Channel,The Daily Show,CMT,Food Network,Yes Channel, and many more.He has performed at concerts festivals,coffee houses,and night clubs in NJ,Pa, and NY area for many years.He has appeared at Lincoln Center in New York,and has toured Europe.

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