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- August 21, 1992 (29)
- 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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on Nov-29-2021 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays multi-instrumentalist Andrew Hendryx of the band Yarn is with us to take a spin on a couple classics "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall" and "I Know You Rider" on his beautiful Collings mandolin.
Andrew's musical career started at Elon College, NC where he performed with regional folk and jam bands. Later moving to NYC, Andrew co-founded the band Yarn, with which he toured nationally
on Nov-22-2021 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays, we have the amazing Brazilian mandolinist Vitor Casagrande and his Agnaldo Luz mandolin with us to play this beautiful original composition "Clarice" that Vitor wrote for his 4 month old daughter.
Vitor Casagrande is a mandolinist and composer born in Piracicaba, Brazil. He graduated in cavaquinho at the Music School in Piracicaba, in mandolin from Tatuí, graduated in Music Education
on Nov-15-2021 at 8:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays, the amazing Ross Holmes, fiddler and mandolinist with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, joins us for an original tune with the working title "5G Blues" played on his incredible Dudenbostel A Model #34.
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, and community activist, Ross Holmes has spent his career touring with Mumford & Sons, Bruce Hornsby, Warren Haynes, Cadillac Sky, and is currently a member
on Nov-08-2021 at 8:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays we have the venerable Jody Stecher with us to play through these two beautiful tunes "Leslie's Waltz" and "A Waltz Like Midnight" on his Stan Miller Mandolin.
Jody Stecher has been teaching and sharing his love for music since his days in the 1960s as a budding folklorist and influential picker in New York City's old-time and bluegrass scene. Stecher has played virtually every
on Nov-01-2021 at 6:52am
Classical mandolinist Xavier Garci from Alicante, Spain joins us for Mandolin Mondays this week for a beautiful performance of this "Courante" movement from the Bach Cello Suite No. 2 played on his Martin Style 4 built in 1907.
Xavier recently recorded and released an album of the complete Bach Cello suites played on mandolin. Check out this beautiful and comprehensive record over on Xavier's bandcamp page here: