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Originally from Clemson, South Carolina, mandolinist David Benedict is a Nashville-based performer, composer, and instructor seeking to blend tradition and innovation through his music. At an early age, David was intrigued by the distinct sound of the mandolin. This fascination eventually led him to fall in love with the rich aural music traditions of the instrument and set him on a lifelong path in pursuit of this music.

In 2009, David began performing and recording with Celtic folk band, Emerald Road. Since then, he has played at venues and festivals across the southeast, sharing the stage with such musicians as Casey Driessen, Matt Flinner, Julian Lage, Mike Marshall, Tim OíBrien, Darrell Scott, and others. In December 2013, he graduated with a unique degree in mandolin music performance from Bryan College in Tennessee where he studied with mandolinists Flinner and Marshall. Additionally, David has been selected twice to participate in the exclusive and prestigious Savannah Music Festivalís annual Acoustic Music Seminar for talented young acoustic musicians.

Over the years, Davidís broad tastes have led him to push the conventional boundaries of the mandolin by exploring a variety of musical styles. Although his roots and influences are primarily based in the bluegrass and Celtic traditions, he is also an accomplished performer of classical and jazz mandolin. David has also been observed to have a unique and authentic artistic voice as a composer. This distinct creative style is displayed in his recent debut album of original acoustic instrumental music entitled Into the True Country. Released in spring 2014, the album features a crew of outstanding musicians and was produced by Grammy-nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner.

Moreover, Davidís creativity, ability, and passion are evident in his performances across the Southeast. Watching David perform leaves no doubt that he is doing what he loves.
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Mandolin Monday #56 - w/ Special Guest Adam Tanner

by dbmandolin on Yesterday at 10:35am
This week here's the preeminent old time mandolin scholar, Adam Tanner, with a stellar tune from the playing of Osey Helton. Some incredible tone coming from that 1928 Gibson F4!

Adam is the Swannanoa Gathering's resident old time mandolin instructor, and I've gotten to know him in my time there in Black Mountain, NC, over the years. Not only is he a talented player and composer, but I'm always amazed by how steeped he is in the history

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Mandolin Mondays #55 - Super Mario Mandolin Medley

by dbmandolin on Jan-16-2017 at 11:43am
Happy to be back on Mandolin Mondays this week with some 8-bit music from everyone's favorite digital plumber! Here are a few tunes composed by Koji Kondo for Nintendo's original Super Mario Bros. game, now transcribed and arranged for solo mandolin. Game on!

Hope you have been enjoying all the special guests here at Mandolin Mondays. Tons more to come this year! Thanks so much for watching and sharing these videos with your

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Mandolin Mondays #54 w/ Special Guest Nate Lee

by dbmandolin on Jan-09-2017 at 11:28am
This week, here's a video of the impeccable mandolinist and fiddler, Nate Lee, playing his arrangement of the traditional tune "Rubber Dolly" on his gorgeous sounding, new Pava F5 mandolin.

Nate is a musician on demand in Nashville. Over the years he has toured with such artists as Ashleigh Caudill, Irene Kelley, Town Mountain, the Jim Hurst Trio, and now with the award-winning Becky Buller band. In addition to

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Mandolin Mondays #53 - w/ Special Guest Joe K Walsh

by dbmandolin on Jan-02-2017 at 11:27am
Throughout 2017 Iím really excited to be using this weekly Mandolin Monday video format as a way of connecting with and featuring other mandolinists. I'll still be making videos, but Iím also having some of my mandolin friends make videos of their own solo mandolin arrangements to feature here on my Cafe blog. And what better way to start the new year off than with the inimitable Joe K Walsh on his amazing new Nugget mando.

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Updated Jan-02-2017 at 11:54am by dbmandolin


Mandolin Mondays #52 - Auld Lang Syne

by dbmandolin on Dec-26-2016 at 11:36am
Hard to believe it's already been a full year since the beginning of Mandolin Mondays. 52 videos later... Reflecting on the past year with this old Scottish classic. Thanks to all who have joined me on this weekly adventure--your encouragement, support, and interest has helped make 2016 the most enjoyable year of my career yet. Mandolin Mondays will ride again in 2017 with some exciting guest artists--stay tuned!

Thanks so much for watching!

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