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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 O’Brien, 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 Festival’s annual Acoustic Music Seminar for talented young acoustic musicians.

Over the years, David’s 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, David’s 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 #133 w/ Special Guest Paddy Montgomery

by dbmandolin on Jul-16-2018 at 8:02am
Australian mandolin guru Paddy Montgomery joins us on Mandolin Mondays for some Queen played on a well-loved Collings MT-L (left-handed).



Paddy is a part of many groups in Australia including the Down Under bluegrass powerhouse Buffalo Nickel--a trio with fiddler George Jackson and guitarist Daniel Watkins. They have an impressive digital EP for sale--check it out here: https://buffalonickelaus.bandcamp.com/releases

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Mandolin Mondays #132 w/ Special Guest Jacob Means

by dbmandolin on Jul-09-2018 at 12:08pm
Boston-based mandolinist Jacob Means shares an imaginative original tune on his amazing 1994 Gibson F5-L Master Model.

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Jacob has been a fixture in the Boston acoustic music scene for quite some time. He received a Masters of Music in Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory, and has collaborated with some of the most heavy-weight improvisers around. His versatile and expressive playing allows

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Mandolin Mondays #131 w/ Special Guest Hayes Griffin

by dbmandolin on Jul-02-2018 at 7:00am
Grand Rapids multi-instrumentalist Hayes Griffin brings us an original tune for this week’s Mandolin Mondays played on a Isabel mandolin made by luthier Wes Archer in Zanesville, OH.



New England Conservatory graduate Hayes has performed with acts such as Canadian fiddle virtuoso April Verch and the contemporary bluegrass band NewTown. Now he currently performs in a duo with mandolinist Nate Roberts, in addition to the progressive

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Mandolin Mondays #130 w/ Special Guest Joe Tozer

by dbmandolin on Jun-25-2018 at 6:00am
Bath musician Joe Tozer from the UK band Cardboard Fox joins us on Mandolin Mondays for a beautiful original tune played on his own custom mandolin built by his dad Paul Tozer.



Since 2013, Joe has played with the award-winning Bath-based, progressive bluegrass band Cardboard Fox. They just recently celebrated the release of their sophomore full-length album called Topspin--a compelling project of original songs and tunes.

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Mandolin Mondays #129 w/ Special Guest Billy Bright

by dbmandolin on Jun-18-2018 at 12:17pm
Austin, Texas native, Billy Bright from Wood & Wire brings us an awesome waltz played on his fine Ellis F5 mandolin.



Since 2014, Billy has been playing with the Austin-based bluegrass band Wood & Wire. Their 2018 release North of Despair packs a real bluegrass punch, featuring loads of great picking and singing. Check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/North-Despair.../dp/B079P7WDYM

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