Personalities | The Seldom Scene | Bluegrass | Country
(Vocal/instrumental group, 1971–present)
Three former members of The Country Gentlemen – John Duffey, Tom Gray and Mike Auldridge (dobro, b. 1938) – co-founded The Seldom Scene in 1971 with John Starling (vocals, guitar, b. 1940) and Ben Eldridge (banjo, b. 1938). Several of them had white-collar careers so they could play infrequently (thus the name) and whatever they wanted. They refined the Gentlemen’s new-grass sound with more urbane, song-oriented arrangements and soon found themselves more in-demand than they had anticipated. Neither their quality nor their popularity suffered as they replaced different founding members with the likes of Dudley Connell, Lou Reid, Phil Rosenthal and T. Michael Coleman.
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