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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 Mondays #107 w/ Special Guest Marilynn Mair

by dbmandolin on Jan-15-2018 at 10:19am
Classical mandolinist Marilynn Mair brings us some lovely Brazilian music played on her unique Woodley mandolin for this week's Mandolin Mondays.

Marilynn is a distinguished mandolin performer, author, and educator based in the Rhode Island area. Over the years, she has performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the White House, and the Lincoln Center.

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Mandolin Mondays #106 w/ Special Guest Nick Dumas

by dbmandolin on Jan-08-2018 at 8:26am
Special Consensus mandolinist Nick Dumas plays us an original tune on his lovely Hinde mandolin for this week's Mandolin Mondays video.

Originally from Brier, Washington, Nick has become well known in the bluegrass world for his killer mandolin chops and strong vocals. Starting out Nick was a co-founder of the popular Northwest-based bluegrass bands Northern Departure and North Country Bluegrass. In 2015, Nick moved to Tennessee

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Mandolin Mondays #105 w/ Special Guest Josh Rilko

by dbmandolin on Jan-01-2018 at 11:59am
Starting out the New Year right with an awesome Mandolin Mondays video from East Nashville cat Josh Rilko of Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys. Josh gives us a fresh look at an old time standard on his big sounding Bayard Blain mandola.

Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys has been in the scene for the past 8 years. They've made a mark on the acoustic music world with their strong bluegrass musicianship, innovative arrangements,

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Mandolin Mondays #104: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

by dbmandolin on Dec-25-2017 at 11:07am
Have a very Merry Mandolin Mondays Christmas everyone! And a Happy New Year! Signing off for 2017, but Mandolin Mondays will ride again next year with more mando picking and special guests.

As always, feel free to contact me through my personal website HERE for a free copy of the tab/notation transcription for this video.

Happy Picking!

Mandolin Mondays #103 w/ Special Guest Scott Napier

by dbmandolin on Dec-19-2017 at 12:13am
The great Scott Napier wrote us a new original tune for this week's Mandolin Mondays! Hear that 1939 Gibson F5 sing!

Scott has been knee deep in bluegrass for the past 20 years. At the start of his career, Scott spent 10 years playing with the bluegrass legend Larry Sparks and his band The Lonesome Ramblers. Since then, he has performed with bluegrass award winning groups such as Dale Ann Bradley, Marty Raybon, Bobby Osborne,

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