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NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman (left) presents Mike Auldridge with the 2012 National Heritage Fellowship award.

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman (left) presents Mike Auldridge with the 2012 National Heritage Fellowship award. At the ceremony, Rocco Landesman said, "A master musician, who brought the dobro to national attention, Mike Auldridge is a role model for younger bluegrass musicians who aspired to develop their individual expressive styles and a sought-after studio musician who has enhanced the creative work of dozens of slideing artists." Photo by Tom Pich