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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 #246 w/ Special Guest Callum MT

by dbmandolin on Sep-21-2020 at 7:55am
Callum MT all the way from Scotland is with us this week for Mandolin Mondays! Check out his awesome take on 鉄ay Old Man played on his powerful JJ Ryan Mandolin.



Callum is a fantastic young mandolinist currently living in Glasgow and is heavily involved in the Scottish bluegrass scene. And he's been busy during lockdown! He just started a new band in the Glasgow area called the Fountaineers. They first

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Mandolin Mondays #245 w/ Special Guest Seth Mulder

by dbmandolin on Sep-14-2020 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays, Seth Mulder from Seth Mulder & Midnight Run brings us a killer original tune played on his gorgeous 1999 Gilchrist Model-3 Artist mandolin.



Seth is graduate of the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music where he studied under music legends, Bobby Osborne and Curtis Burch. He has toured the United States, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, sharing the stage with

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Mandolin Mondays #244 w/ Special Guest Lincoln Mick

by dbmandolin on Sep-07-2020 at 7:00am
Nashville-based mandolinist Lincoln Mick of The Arcadian Wild swings by Mandolin Mondays this week for a fun take on the theme for one the great modern sitcoms of all time. Bet you've never heard Parks and Rec played on a sweet 2003 Collings MF5 like this!



Lincoln is a founding member of the contemporary band The Arcadian Wild. The group has one foot planted firmly in choral and formal vocal music, and

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Mandolin Mondays #243 w/ Special Guest Josh Turner

by dbmandolin on Aug-31-2020 at 7:00am
Acoustic music YouTube sensation Josh Turner is with us this week on Mandolin Mondays for an amazing take on this old Irish tune played on his incredible sounding 2013 Eastman MD-505.



Joshua Lee Turner is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer based in Brooklyn, New York. Josh is best known for his YouTube channel Josh Turner Guitar, where he has been posting eclectic cover performances and original music

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Mandolin Mondays #242 w/ The Foreign Landers

by dbmandolin on Aug-24-2020 at 7:00am
Here's something a little different this week for Mandolin Mondays. During lockdown, my wife Tabitha and I have been working on some new music together and we just announced the start of a new transatlantic folk duo called The Foreign Landers. Here's the debut of our first single--a song from the great John Hartford--and a music video filmed here in Northern Ireland.



The single is

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