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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 #150 w/ Special Guest Johnny Staats

by dbmandolin on Today at 7:00am
West Virginia mandolin sensation Johnny Staats is with us this week on Mandolin Mondays playing this lovely original tune on his Lee Chapman Aleyas Instruments mandolin.



Since his acclaimed 2000 mandolin release Wires and Wood, Johnny Staats has stayed busy in the bluegrass scene while still keeping his day job as a UPS delivery man. He has been featured on NBC's Today Show, in People Magazine, on the CBS Evening News and

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Mandolin Mondays w/ Special Guest Rainy Miatke

by dbmandolin on Nov-05-2018 at 9:23am
Meet the amazing Rainy Miatke from Ashland, Oregon. She's here on Mandolin Mondays to play a killer original tune on her Weber Bitterroot.



Though only 15 years old, Rainy has already appeared on stage with such notable performers as Laurie Lewis, John Reischman, Alice Gerrard, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Väsen, Tony Trischka, Sean Watkins, and The Bee Eaters. At the age of 8 she formed the family band Rainy and the Rattlesnakes,

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Mandolin Mondays #148 w/ Special Guest Kyle Ledson

by dbmandolin on Oct-29-2018 at 8:00am
California mando wiz-kid Kyle Ledson joins us on Mandolin Mondays for a twisty Jethro Burns tune played on his Collings MT2 mandolin that he won on the Mandolin Cafe.



16 year old Kyle is an up and coming mandolinist to keep an eye on. He has a new single out and an older EP featuring members of Hot Buttered Rum, Molly Tuttle and the T sisters. Check them out here: http://www.kyleledson.com/estore.html

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Mandolin Mondays #147 w/ Special Guest Dave Goldenberg

by dbmandolin on Oct-22-2018 at 8:00am
Brooklyn-based mandolinist Dave Goldenberg stops by Mandolin Mondays to play us a traditional Jewish folk tune performed on this Hugh Hansen A-style mandolin.



Dave was one of the first ever mandolin graduates of the Berklee College of music, and he has gone on to become a winner of the Utah State Mandolin Contest, the Telluride Bluegrass Band Contest, Rockygrass Mandolin Contest, and the 2015 Winfield National Mandolin Contest.

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Mandolin Mondays #146 w/ Special Guest Bernard Minari

by dbmandolin on Oct-15-2018 at 8:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays, French mandolinist Bernard Minari sends us a lovely original tune played on his brand new mandolin built by French luthier Jean Marc Perrin.



Bernard plays with Mandolin Mondays expat Daniel Portalès in the project Mando Duo. They have a new album out that features a collection of compelling music ranging from Ragtime to Brazilian Choro, to Irish, to bluegrass. Check it out here: https://duomando.wixsite.com/mandoduo...

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