Bluegrass Country host Brad Kolodner’s original tune “Duckpin” has won second place in the 2018 Mike Auldridge Instrumental Composition Contest, sponsored by the DC Bluegrass Union (DCBU).
“Duckpin” is the title tune from the latest CD from Charm City Junction, Kolodner’s Baltimore-based acoustic roots quartet.
Kolodner is sandwiched between two of today’s best young mandolin players, David Benedict and Tristan Scroggins. Benedict’s tune “The Golden Angle,” the title tune from his 2018 CD, won first place. Scroggins placed third with “Boardwalk,” recorded by Jeff Scroggins and Colorado for their upcoming CD.
Fiddler Corrina Stephens was awarded honorable mention for “Sandridge,” from her 2016 CD “Bluegrass Fiddler.”
The Mike Auldridge Instrumental Composition Contest honors the life and musicianship of one of America’s greatest bluegrass players. Mike’s smooth and effortlessly tasteful Dobro guitar work was grounded in the bluegrass tradition, but added swing, blues and horn influences to arrive at a uniquely new sound. A founding member of The Seldom Scene and in-demand session player, Mike was a pillar of the Washington bluegrass scene for 40 years.
“It was a strong field this year and we congratulate the winners,” DCBU Randy Barrett told Bluegrass Country. “It is gratifying to be able to showcase new music and turn the spotlight on these talented young artists.”
DCBU also sponsors the annual Hazel Dickens Songwriting Contest. Read more about the competitions here.