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Mandolinist David Benedict’s sophomore full-length record The Golden Angle marks a coming of age. After graduating with a mandolin music performance degree and spending a 3-year stint in Nashville touring and recording with acclaimed bass player Missy Raines, David was looking for the next chapter in his musical career. So in 2017, he made the move to Boston to join the bluegrass band Mile Twelve. The group quickly gained notice after the release of their debut album Onwards, receiving the 2017 IBMA Band Momentum Award and touring extensively around the US, New Zealand, Australia, and Japan. David also claimed the 2018 IBMA Momentum Award for Instrumentalist of the Year. These opportunities have contributed to the development of David's own artistic voice as an instrumentalist and composer, which is showcased in this new solo record.

Produced by Grammy-Nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner, The Golden Angle presents an original body of instrumental string band music. This new album, recorded four years after David’s last solo release Into the True Country, displays a new level of musical maturity and individuality. With an emphasis on virtuosic instrumental interplay and memorable melodies, the record weaves a complex yet compelling soundscape, featuring collaborations with a host of celebrated and award-winning bluegrass musicians including David Grier (guitar), Mike Barnett (fiddle), Missy Raines (bass), Ross Martin (guitar), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), and Wes Corbett (banjo).

David’s compositions, arrangements and playing style on The Golden Angle demonstrate his ability to integrate seamlessly with the high-caliber company he keeps and confirms his place among notable emerging acoustic musicians. Jazz guitar sensation Julian Lage notes, “David is one of the most inspiring lights on the creative acoustic music scene today. A talented player and composer who is paving the way for new and exciting music! I can’t wait to see where he takes us!”

David now lives in Cambridge, MA, and continues to perform full-time with Mile Twelve. In between touring and recording, he teaches private mandolin lessons from home and at music workshops around the country. David is the creator and curator of the popular weekly video series Mandolin Mondays hosted by the Mandolin Cafe.
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Mandolin Mondays #297 w/ Special Guest Josiah Nelson

by dbmandolin on Sep-13-2021 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays we're joined by Josiah Nelson of the Tray Wellington Band for an original tune called "Gulls Goals" played on his fantastic Collings mandolin.



Josiah started out in competition style fiddle and used that knowledge to compete in competitions all over the country. He's taken home many titles including Colorado Young Adult State Champion. His professional music career started in 2015 playing

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Mandolin Mondays #296 /// "Fine Times at Our House"

by dbmandolin on Sep-06-2021 at 7:00am
This Mandolin Mondays Finn and I are coming at you from our new house in Travelers Rest, SC--the biggest house a mandolin player's salary could buy... Only joking though--we've actually got this bonus tiny home in our back yard! Reminded me of this old time fiddle tune "Fine Times at Our House" so I thought I'd share. Enjoy!



I've got the PDF tab/notation transcription for this arrangement available for free here

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Mandolin Mondays #295 w/ Special Guest Janusz Tytman

by dbmandolin on Aug-30-2021 at 7:00am
Janusz Tytman from Warsaw, Poland is our special guest this week on Mandolin Mondays! Check out this original tune called "HDG" played on his amazing 2019 Bułas mandolin.



Janusz is a Polish mandolin influencer. I first met Janusz at a bluegrass jam in Warsaw back in 2019, and was immediately impressed by his playing and kind spirit. He's a Bułas mandolin artist and plays with various artists around Europe.

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Mandolin Mondays #294 w/ Special Guest Matt Mundy

by dbmandolin on Aug-23-2021 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays we're joined by Aquarium Rescue Unit alum and mandolinist with Frances Mooney & Fontanna Sunset Matt Mundy playing this Josh Graves tune on his tone monster 1980's Gibson Fern mandolin.



Matt was born North Georgia where he continues to live and play in his family band and Frances Mooney & Fontanna Sunset. Over the years he's garnered a reputation in the mandolin community as one the most

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Mandolin Mondays #293 w/ Special Guest Julien Martineau

by dbmandolin on Aug-16-2021 at 7:00am
Julien Martineau joins us on Mandolin Mondays this week all the way from France to play this stunning performance of Raffaele Calace's Preludio 10, on his powerful bowl back "Martineau" model mandolin built by Canadian luthier Brian N. Dean.



At the age of nineteen Julien Martineau won the Giuseppe Anedda Prize at the 1998 Varazze International Competition in Italy; and in 2002 he gained a Diploma in Musicology (DEA)

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