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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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Boston, MA
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Food, Coffee, People, Culture, and Good Music
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Professional Musician

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Mandolin Mondays #64 /// "Boston Boy"

by dbmandolin on Mar-20-2017 at 7:48am
Things have been crazy busy recently, but I'm happy to be back with another Mandolin Monday video! This past month I made the final move up to Boston to join Mile Twelve and record our new record together. Now that things have settled down, I thought I'd share a few passes at an appropriately titled fiddle tune to celebrate the occasion.



Hope you have been enjoying all the special guests here at Mandolin Mondays. Tons more to come this year!

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Mandolin Mondays #63 w/ Special Guest Joe Brent

by dbmandolin on Mar-13-2017 at 10:50am
Joe Brent is with us this week for an expressive take on "Old Soul Song" by folk artist Bright Eyes on his one-of-a-kind 10-string Brian Dean mandolin.



Joe is a Brooklyn-based composer and performer who tastefully bridges the gap between classical and improvised music. His impressive track record includes performances and recordings with numerous professional orchestras in addition to jazz greats such as Ravi Coltrane and Stephane

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Mandolin Mondays #62 w/ Special Guest Giri Peters

by dbmandolin on Mar-06-2017 at 9:31am
Here's my friend Giri Peters doing some tasty picking on the Kenny Smith tune, "Studebaker" with his Northfield 5S Mandolin.



Based in Nashville, TN, Giri is an award-winning mandolinist on the rise in the acoustic roots music world. I met Giri a couple years ago and was already impressed by his musicianship. Since then he's become a force to be reckoned with as a composer, performer, and improviser.

Giri also just

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Mandolin Mondays #61 w/ Special Guest Ethan Setiawan

by dbmandolin on Feb-27-2017 at 10:47am
Today, special MM guest Ethan Setiawan takes on the monumental Chick Corea composition "Spain" with his Clark F5 Mandolin.



Ethan is a Berklee student here in Boston and is already known in acoustic circles for his diverse musicianship. He started out studying with jazz mandolin luminary Don Stiernberg, and since then he has continued to branch out into other styles such as bluegrass, funk, and many others. In 2014

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Mandolin Mondays #60 w/ Special Guest Jarrod Walker

by dbmandolin on Feb-20-2017 at 12:50pm
This week Jarrod Walker brings us a classy chord melody arrangement of Paul McCartney's "Here, There and Everywhere," played on a powerful Gibson Doyle Lawson Model mandolin.



Originally from Florida, Jarrod is now an in demand Nashville-based mandolinist. From an early age, Jarrod has made waves in the bluegrass scene, but his strong tone and imaginative playing continues to cut through in whatever genre or situation he finds

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