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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 #216 w/ Special Guest Adam Wright

by dbmandolin on Feb-17-2020 at 6:00am
The incredible Adam Wright of the Alabama acoustic super group Act of Congress brings us a tasty original tune played on his 2008 Collings MF for this week's Mandolin Mondays.



Since forming the band Act of Congress in 2008, Adam has toured with the group in Thailand, Oman, Palau, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Philippines, Timor Leste, Bali, Liberia, Jordan, as well as the greater USA. AOC has backed up country music star, Sara Evans

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Mandolin Mondays #215 w/ Special Guest Johanna Buggay

by dbmandolin on Feb-10-2020 at 8:00am
This week Johanna Buggay from The Band Jubilee brings some Celtic fire to Mandolin Mondays with her Loar 700 Model.



Johanna is from Woodstock, Georgia where she grew up playing music with her parents, older brother and twin sister. The music they made in their living room was soon brought to the stage with the formation of their family group The Band Jubilee. This ensemble features a unique blend of instruments and styles

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Mandolin Mondays #214 w/ Special Guest Daniel Patrick

by dbmandolin on Feb-03-2020 at 8:00am
Mandolins and Beer podcast host Daniel Patrick brings an original cross-tuned composition to Mandolin Mondays with his trusty Gibson F5G axe in tow.



Daniel is a full-time mandolinist from Charleston, SC. Recently, he started the successful podcast, Mandolins and Beer, which features thoughtful interviews with mandolin players such as Mike Marshall, John Reischman, Doyle Lawson and many others. There's a wealth of insight

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Mandolin Mondays #213 w/ Special Guest Radim Zenkl

by dbmandolin on Jan-27-2020 at 8:00am
Make way for the Czech Republic Mandolin Legend Radim Zenkl! Check out this jaw dropping original composition played on his Custom Capek wide-neck F5 mandolin. Radim uses his own unique technique here, the "Zenkl style," in which he uses two fingerpicks, enabling him to play both the tremolo melody and crosspicking accompaniment. Hard to believe all that sound is coming from one guy!



Radim comes

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Mandolin Mondays #212 w/ Special Guest John Cloyd Miller

by dbmandolin on Jan-20-2020 at 8:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays John Cloyd Miller of the NC, duo Zoe & Cloyd brings us a bit of klezmer-grass played on his The Bluegrass mandolin.



John, a twelfth generation North Carolinian and grandson of pioneering bluegrass fiddler, Jim Shumate, is a 1st place winner of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest as well as an Artist Fellowship recipient for songwriting from the North Carolina

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