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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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The great Danny Roberts of the award-winning bluegrass band The Grascals burns this original tune on his Sorensen VX mandolin this week on Mandolin Mondays.
Danny has had a prolific career with the mandolin since a his time growing up in Kentucky. In 1982 he co-founded the band New Tradition, a bluegrass/gospel group that toured the country for close to 20 years and recorded 10 albums. When the band went on hiatus, Danny
on Jul-15-2019 at 8:00am
Middle Tennessee mandolinist Andrew Buckner takes us on a journey with an original tune "Coffee and a Good Book" played beautifully on his TKD F5 Eagle mandolin.
Andrew has recorded three, full-length albums with the band Steel Bridge and still performs regularly with the group. In the fall of 2012, Andrew worked briefly as a guitarist with the band Wisewater featuring Forrest O'Connor, and
on Jul-08-2019 at 7:57am
ShadowGrass mandolinist Luke Morris joins us this week on Mandolin Mondays for a spin on the Byron Berline tune "Huckleberry Hornpipe" played on Luke's Northfield Mandolins F5.
Originally from Galax, VA, Luke has already started making a name for himself in bluegrass with the young up-and-coming band ShadowGrass. Additionally, Luke just released a solo album entitled Further Down the Line which features his mandolin
on Jul-01-2019 at 8:00am
Wisconsin-based mandolin Instagram phenom Carter Shilts is with us this week for Mandolin Mondays with an original tune played on his Northfield M-Model Mandolin.
Over the past couple years, Carter has made a name for himself with the mandolin through his active presence on social media. He's garnered a large following with this witty and musical posts online.
Recently, Carter was selected to be one of 17
on Jun-24-2019 at 7:00am
Happy to be back on Mandolin Mondays this week with an original tune composed by Reuben Agnew of the Northern Irish bluegrass band Cup O'Joe. Been really loving the way my Apitius Vanguard F5 has been sounding these days!
Also, I'm excited to be joining Cup O'Joe on a two week tour of the UK while Mile Twelve has a little time off from the road. Starting this week we'll be performing all across England at a variety of venues.