ResoSummit 2013: Announced & Sold Out!

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Faculty and other details for ResoSummit 2013, which will be held in Nashville Nov. 14-17, were announced on Feb. 27. With an early registration opportunity exclusively for those on ResoSummit’s email list, this year’s event sold out in 1 hour, 9 minutes. This year’s stellar faculty includes five instructors who have taught at all six prior Summits: Rob Ickes, Randy Kohrs, Michael Witcher, and luthiers Paul Beard and Tim Scheerhorn. Other returning faculty include Cindy Cashdollar, Orville Johnson, Phil Leadbetter, and Sally Van Meter. First-time faculty will include Billy Cardine, Ivan Rosenberg, Stacy Phillips, and Michael Stockton & Flatt Lonesome. Station Inn performances are a key part of ResoSummit, and will include The Dale Ann Bradley Band (Phil Leadbetter on dobro), Flatt Lonesome (Michael Stockton on dobro), and Rob Ickes (configuration TBA).

Those interested in “Total Dobro Overload” are encouraged to sign up for the wait list; each year, ResoSummit is able to extend offers to many people on the wait list. For more information: ResoSummit 2013

ResoSummit alum Gary Hultman tapped for Savannah acoustic music seminar

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ResoSummit congratulates Gary Hultman, who has participated in five of the six ResoSummits to date, on this terrific profile from the Savannah Music Festival:

Gary is one of 16 young musicians chosen to participate in this year’s Acoustic Music Seminar, part of the Savannah Music Festival. It promises to be “an incredible week of playing, creating, and writing with world-renowned artists.” 

Photos from the Mike Auldridge Tribute at the Birchmere

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For those who missed the Mike Auldridge tribute concert at the Birchmere on Feb. 12, here are links to two photo albums, with performance and set list notes:

Set 1:

Set 2:

Performers included Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes, Fred Travers, Sally Van Meter, and Jay Starling on dobro, the Seldom Scene plus former members of the Seldom Scene, Chesapeake, Eric Brace and Peter Cooper, Emmylou Harris, and David Bromberg.

Mike Auldridge, remembered

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With great sadness, we note that Mike Auldridge passed away this morning. Hundreds of tributes to him were posted here, in honor of his recent NEA fellowship:

Mike was surrounded by family and in hospice care when he passed away. Information about services will be posted when available.

Coming in 2013: a “Dobro Trio” CD: Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas & Rob Ickes

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An exciting project to watch for in 2013 is a “dobro trio” CD by Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes. The forthcoming album, as yet untitled, was recorded in a number of sessions during 2012, whenever their schedules allowed the three to converge to record together in a studio near Auldridge’s home in Silver Spring, Maryland.

 Mike Auldridge reports, “We’ve recorded a lot of songs that I had only hoped I could record, songs that are part of my history and love affair with the dobro.” When Douglas first proposed the project, Auldridge recalls, “Jerry said to me, ‘it’s all about you,’ and he meant it. I’ve known both of these guys since they were teenagers, and I can honestly say that I love them both as if they were my sons, and at the same time, my best friends and favorite dobroplayers. It’s a pretty amazing feeling.”

 The project is rooted in the deep respect Douglas and Ickes have for Auldridge and his enduring influence on the dobro. Douglas unabashedly calls Auldridge his hero, and says “without Mike Auldridge, and Josh, there would be no me, no Rob, no anybody.” Ickes similarly credits Auldridge’s influence as profound: “The first time I heard him play, it literally changed my life.” As for the 2012 recording sessions, Ickes reports: “It has been fun for me to get to hang out with Mike more this past year, and see how he works, up-close. It has been really inspiring to see how his passion for the instrument has not diminished with the passing of time.”

While the release date for this album has not been set, Douglas and Ickes are intent on completing work on this project as soon as possible. “We (especially) want everyone to hear the incredibly powerful music that Mike has created for this project.”
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Mike Auldridge is a 2012 recipient of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts, and a 2007 recipient of IBMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. 

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Celebrating 2012 United States Artists Fellowships: Claire Lynch, Tony Trischka, Joanie Madden

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Celebrating 2012 United States Artists Fellowships: Claire Lynch, Tony Trischka, Joanie Madden

2012 United States Artists fellows Claire Lynch, Tony Trischka, and Joanie Madden (Cherish the Ladies) celebrate their awards with Rob Ickes (2010 USA Fellow) at The Getty Center in Los Angeles on Sunday (Dec. 2). Claire, Tony and Rob performed the closing songs at the celebration, accompanied by Gene Libbea on bass. Of the 50 fellowships awarded in 2012, seven were awarded in the field of music, and each fellowship comes with a $50,000 unrestricted grant.