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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 #290 /// "Rocky Mountain Goat"

by dbmandolin on Today at 7:00am
Tuning in this week from the Rocky Mountains of CO! Mile Twelve just finished up teaching and playing at Rocky Grass, so I thought I'd share this awesome tune I learned from Fiddlin' Doc Roberts that really fits the setting.



Here's a transcription of the melody if anyone wants a copy! https://drive.google.com/file/d/18bh...ew?usp=sharing

Mile Twelve is finally back on the road again!

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Mandolin Mondays Featuring Special guest Oliver Bates Craven

by dbmandolin on Jul-19-2021 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays, we're joined by the great Oliver Bates Craven for a spin on this original tune "The Back Cottage," played on his amazing sounding Kimble mandolin.




Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Oliver Bates Craven is a Nashville based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. The oldest son of a folk-singing preacher, his diverse musical upbringing included a family band, a

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Mandolin Mondays #288 w/ Special Guest Kylie Kay Anderson

by dbmandolin on Jul-12-2021 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays, we've got special guest Kylie Kay Anderson here all the way from Cork, Ireland to play this wonderful rendition of the classic fiddle tune "East TN Blues" played on her workhorse Eastman MD515 mandolin.



Kylie was born and raised in the Western United States. She got hooked on the mandolin from a young ange and soon went on to earn several awards, including 2012 Utah State Mandolin and

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Mandolin Mondays #287 /// "8th of January"

by dbmandolin on Jul-05-2021 at 7:00am
Is it July or January...? Here's a not-so-beginner version of the beginner tune "8th of January" that I've been teaching as a part of my big beginner lesson series over on YouTube!



Check out the free lesson video for this tune at the link below--this is Part 9 of a 17 Part video series over on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apF1Up02HR4

Also, you can grab the tab/notation for the

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Mandolin Mondays #286 w/ Special Guest Jeff Midkiff

by dbmandolin on Jun-28-2021 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays we've got the amazing Jeff Midkiff with us, playing an impressive rendition of "Blackberry Blossom" on his 2004 Gilchrist mandolin.



The mandolin is how Jeff got to the stage of Carnegie Hall. The Kennedy Center too. And not just as a picker, but as a composer. Mandolin concertos -- one a double concerto for mandolin and violin -- and chamber music have come from his fertile musical

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