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,
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 Dobro players. 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 instrument. 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 a 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."
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.