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August 21, 1992 (25)
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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 #99 w/ Special Guest Evan Marshall

by dbmandolin on Nov-20-2017 at 9:52am
Hear the one-and-only Evan Marshall play through these Thanksgiving appropriate fiddle tunes like you've never heard before! Evan and his Gilchrist F5C are unstoppable!



Evan is the unparalleled master of the solo mandolin. His 1995 Rounder Records release The Lone Arranger remains one of the premier recordings for this medium--displaying an overwhelming array of beautifully full textures, virtuosic acrobatics, and brilliant

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Mandolin Mondays #98 w/ Special Guest Jake Workman

by dbmandolin on Nov-13-2017 at 3:39pm
This week on Mandolin Mondays, Jake Workman joins us for a test run of his brand new Tom Stadler mandolin. "Bill Cheatham" at its finest!



You may know Jake from his super-human guitar playing with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, but, as you can see from this video, he's also a closet mandolin master. No matter the instrument, Jake always makes it look effortless. In 2015 Jake was featured on the cover of the

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Mandolin Mondays #97 w/ Special Guest David Tiller

by dbmandolin on Nov-06-2017 at 1:58am
David Tiller from Colorado-based band Taarka brings us this lovely dark piece called "Forro Brasil" played on his beautiful Nugget mandolin.



David's band Taarka blends a wide diversity of music including bluegrass, old time, gypsy jazz, choro, and much more to create a unique and tasteful musical experience. Over the years, they've brought their music to venues in the US, Canada, Europe and Mexico, playing at some

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Mandolin Mondays #96 w/ Special Guest Adam Steffey

by dbmandolin on Oct-30-2017 at 6:05pm
Honored to have the illustrious Adam Steffey on Mandolin Mondays this week! Check out his playing on this old time medley with his crisp-sounding Northfield mando.



It would suffice to say that Adam Steffey is one of the most successful mandolinists of all time--5 time Grammy Winner and 9-time Mandolin Player Of The Year of the International Bluegrass Music Association. Over the years, he's played with

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Mandolin Mondays #95 w/ Special Guest Jake Howard

by dbmandolin on Oct-23-2017 at 5:47pm
Mandolin Mondays #95: Jake Howard of the Page Turners is with us this week on Mandolin Mondays for an Old Time rager on his trusty Gerald Anderson F5 mando.



I first met Jake in 2014, at Mike Marshall's Acoustic Music Seminar and was impressed with his tasteful picking. He since has graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and helped start the successful touring band The Page Turners. In 2016, the band won the

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