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August 21, 1992 (26)
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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 w/ Special Guest Nathan Livers

by dbmandolin on Yesterday at 8:00am
Mandolinist for Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper Nathan Livers joins us on Mandolin Mondays for a killer cross-tuned version of this old-time classic. Hear that Vessel mandolin sing!



Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Nathan Livers now makes his home in Charlestown, Indiana. He has played in such bands as The ‘Get Down’ Bluegrass Boys, Charlie Lawson & Oak Hill, Gary Brewer & the Kentucky Ramblers, Tony Holt

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Mandolin Mondays #142 w/ Special Guest Teo Quale

by dbmandolin on Sep-17-2018 at 8:00am
Young California mando-monster Teo Quale sends us an incredible video from Carter Vintage. That's some serious shredding done on this 2002 Gilchrist mando!



Teo Quale is 12 years old and from California. He has played mandolin for 4 years and fiddle for 9 years. His bands are Crying Uncle and Jubilee. Teo is the 2018 CA State Open Picking Champion, 2018 Weiser National Fiddle Jr Jr Champion and placed Top 5 in the 2018 Grand

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Mandolin Mondays #141 "Colonna & Smalls"

by dbmandolin on Sep-10-2018 at 8:00am
Today I'm releasing another single from my upcoming record The Golden Angle, and wanted to share this solo version of the tune for you!



This is an original tune I named after an amazing coffee shop in Bath, UK--if you're ever in the area, definitely check it out! The album version of this piece features the playing of David Grier, Mike Barnett, and Missy Raines. You can listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zW3PcMK71Tk

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Mandolin Mondays #140 w/ Special Guest Akira Otsuka

by dbmandolin on Sep-03-2018 at 8:00am
Mandolinist Akira Otsuka from the renowned Japanese bluegrass band Bluegrass 45 joins us this week for an original tune played on the infamous John Duffey Gibson F12 mandolin.



In addition to his work with Bluegrass 45, Akira has curated and recorded a brand new tribute album to the past legend John Duffey of the Country Gentlemen and the Seldom Scene. This project features new recordings of John's music featuring an all-star

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Mandolin Mondays #139 w/ Special Guest Aaron Ramsey

by dbmandolin on Aug-27-2018 at 8:00am
Mountain Heart mandolinist Aaron Ramsey is our guest this week on Mandolin Mondays. "Redwing" never sounded so good as played by Aaron on his trusty Northfield mandolin.



Based in North Carolina, Aaron has been a part of many bluegrass all-star projects over the years. One of my personal favorites is the all instrumental album Section House. https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/SectionHouse

Additionally,

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