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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 #275 w/ Special Guest Isaac Casas

by dbmandolin on Today at 7:00am
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by dbmandolin on Apr-05-2021 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays, multi-instrumentalist Ruby Mae Shiels joins us from France to perform this compelling original composition entitled "Outside" played on her A style Summit mandolin.



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Mandolin Mondays #273 w/ Special Guest Flynn Cohen

by dbmandolin on Mar-29-2021 at 7:00am
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Mandolin Mondays #272 w/ Special Guest G Rockwell

by dbmandolin on Mar-22-2021 at 7:03am
New England multi-instrumentalist G Rockwell joins us this week on Mandolin Mondays for a spin on this original tune "Swimming Upstream" played on his toneful Collings MTO Mandolin.



An award winning multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, and bandleader, G Rockwell has performed and competed across the country, sharing the stage with such luminaries as Michael Daves, Bela Fleck, and more.

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Mandolin Mondays #271 w/ Special Guest Frédéric Bourgeois

by dbmandolin on Mar-15-2021 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays, prolific Celtic mandolin educator, performer, and YouTuber, Frédéric Bourgeois (aka Tergal14) joins us for a lovely jig called "Machine Moran" composed by Rory McMahon, played on a beautiful Collings MT2O.



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