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Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 06/19/2012

Mike Auldridge receives NEA National Heritage Fellowship — and more from the world of pop music

- Bluegrass legend Mike Auldridge is one of this year’s recipients of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. A former member of the legendary local bluegrass troupe the Seldom Scene, Auldridge is considered by many to be the world’s premiere Dobro player.
Musician, Mike Auldridge poses for a portrait with a dobro at his Silver Spring, MD home. (MATT MCCLAIN - THE WASHINGTON POST)

In a 2011 Washington Post profile Bill Friskics-Warren wrote: “With his playing, Auldridge set a sophisticated new standard for young Dobro players, and he's served as a harbinger of an omnivorous strain of bluegrass-based acoustic music later popularized by Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch and others.”

In that same story, Auldridge spoke about his legendary playing with characteristic understatement: “It was just one of those things where you do something and don’t even know you’re doing it... I just came along at the right time to bridge what the Dobro was in the '40s and '50s to what it is now.”

- Tabi Bonney wears a lotta hats. Super-cool rapper. Devoted son. D.C. tourism booster? Bonney, who directs many of his own music videos, has assembled a short tourism clip for Washington D.C. that will air in regional airports later in the year. Watch the video below.

- In today’s Post: I review Justin Bieber’s new album “Believe.” It’s a disappointment — and not just because he didn’t call it “Beliebe.”

Allison Stewart has similar issues with the first Fiona Apple album in seven years and Elizabeth Nelson struggles to find some personality in the latest from Kenny Chesney.

But there are some good albums landing this week, and two of them come the children of jazz greats. Don Cherry’s stepdaughter Neneh Cherry (of “Buffalo Stance” fame) has a cool new album out and Sarah Godfrey has the details. Meantime, Mike Joyce says the latest from Ravi “son-of-John-and-Alice” Coltrane is “inspired.”

And in case you missed it, the week’s pop music coverage:

- The sounds of two Brazilian acts, Curumin and Ceu, got lost in the boomy acoustics of the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue last Tuesday.

- Neil Diamond was downright Dylanesque at his Thursday night Verizon Center gig.

- NoVa saxophonist Jon Kocur delivered an intense performance at Twins Jazz on Thursday.

- Dave Matthews Band gently stirred their soft rock stew at Jiffy Lube Live on Saturday night.

- Also on Saturday night, the legendary Little Richard gave a fieryfunconfusingsad performance at the Howard Theatre.

- And for the Chesapeake tidewater’s Singing and Praying Bands, a centuries-old tradition in danger of evaporating forever.

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