Perhaps readers in the global music community who may not be familiar with Mike's life and family history might appreciate some background. After all he did more to advance this instrument, whose inventors originated from Slovakia, than anyone in his generation. As a founding member of the Seldom Scene (a “newgrass” band that fused bluegrass with contemporary pop, rock, blues and jazz) Mike Auldridge redefined the sound and musical direction of the Dobro ™.
™ instrument as we know it today.]
Mike Auldridge's innovations and influences to the Dobro world, and his contributions to the music world in general, are what I believe make someone a true legend. That term, legend, is perhaps one of the most over-used words in today's world when describing various artists. I argue that Mike deserves that legendary status. So did his longtime colleague and Seldom Scene bandmate, John Duffey, who would seemingly joke about "Larry The Legend" onstage. However, in private, Duffey would tell you in no uncertain terms he was very serious about his comment -- that he whole-heartedly believed Mike Auldridge was a legend amongst his generation of musical artists.