Rob Ickes

Mike Auldridge Tribute Concert, Birchmere

Mike Auldridge’s elegant musicianship forever changed the sound of the Dobro in American roots music. With the Seldom Scene, Chesapeake and others, he starred on hundreds of Birchmere evenings, and his death on Dec. 28, 2012 marked the passing of one of the DC area’s greatest creators, most influential players, and most cherished friends.

Some of Auldridge’s own cherished friends will gather Wednesday, Feb. 12
at The Birchmere for a night one more unforgettable night of Mike
Auldridge music. Jerry Douglas, Emmylou Harris, David Bromberg, Rob
Ickes, John Starling, Tom Gray, The Seldom Scene and other greats will
sing and play songs and praises.

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Spanish Grass by Mike Auldridge, performed at Mike Auldridge's funeral reception on January 3rd 2013 in Silver Springs, MD

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Today I was SO wishing I could be with the community of dobro players paying their respects at Mike Auldridge's funeral service and reception. Arriving by car from Alaska just in time, my son Dan represented the Booth clan in fine fashion. It was a sad day, but filled with warmth and good spirit celebrating the life of a legendary musician. Here is some of the picking that took place at the reception, led off by Rob and Jerry and ably assisted by my pals Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen. The band consists of Frank Solivan on mandolin, banjo master Mike Munford, guitar whiz kid Chris Luquette, my son Dan Booth on bass and sitting in is Dan's sweetie, champion fiddler Amanda Kerr.

"Dobro trio” CD by Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes

From the Jerry Douglas Bulletin Board:

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, when schedules allowed the three to converge and record together at a studio near Auldridge’s home in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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ResoSummit highlights & thanks

Hard to believe that ResoSummit 2012 is over.

Highights for me:
All the Station Inn shows -- I'm still hopeful that 100% of my hearing will return from that killer show by Randy Kohrs, Jack Pearson & Friends. Randy was definitely on fire, and it's always great to see/hear Josh Shilling on keys & vocals. Jack Pearson was unbelievable. Monroeville was high-octane bluegrass, and it was great to present them in their Station Inn debut. And as for that performance by Rob Ickes and Jim Hurst -- well, there are no words in the English language adequate to describe that phenomenal performance.

The closing faculty performance -- loved it all, and it was a beautiful thing to have Michael Witcher's gorgeous take on Roxanna Waltz as the last song of ResoSummit 2012.

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