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The last time Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas, and Rob Ickes appeared together on an album was 1994’s Grammy Award-winning The Great Dobro Sessions, where they were joined by seven other esteemed players of the distinctive instrument. When you gather a group of the best pickers working, it’s inevitable, and indeed hoped for, that there will be a little good-natured competition and one-upsmanship as the younger players demonstrate why they belong in the group while the oldsters show the kids what they still have to learn. That was certainly the case with The Great Dobro Sessions, and it added a charge to all the players involved. In the case of this album of three veterans of that project, the charge comes from a different inspiration.

Instrumental albums are often treated as background music, but this is one that will consistently jump to the foreground of a listener’s attention. It is a highlight among the many works of each of these three performers and a fitting tribute to the memory and talent of Mike Auldridge. Fans of the great guitar players of any genre will find much to enjoy here.