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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 #280 w/ Special Guest C.E. Jones

by dbmandolin on Yesterday at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays, classical mandolinist and composer C.E. Jones joins us for a beautiful performance of the "Allemande" from Cello Suite No. 1 by J.S. Bach played on this Gibson F9.



With a Bachelors degree in Cello Performance and a Masters and Doctorate in Music Composition from West Virginia University, Jones became deeply indoctrinated in the Appalachian traditional folk music. For the past half-decade

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Mandolin Mondays #279 w/ Special Guest Tim May

by dbmandolin on May-10-2021 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays we've got the amazing Tim May with us playing this original tune that he co-penned with Dave Harvey called "The Lost Chord." Tim sure makes that Ellis F5 mandolin sing!




Flatpicker Tim May, has been working in the Nashville area for over 20 years as a sideman, session player, band member and performer. Higher profile projects have included touring with Patty loveless and John

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Mandolin Mondays #278 w/ Special Guest Ian Coury

by dbmandolin on May-03-2021 at 7:00am
Brazilian mandolin prodigy Ian Coury brings us a mind-bending performance on this Brazilian Choro classic "Corta Jaca" played on his powerful 10-string mandolin built by Tércio Ribeiro.



Ian was born in Brazil on February 4, 2002, and started playing mandolin when he was 8 years old. At the age of 11, he took the stage with Hamilton de Holanda, his idol. At 12, he made his first solo show at the renowned Clube do

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Mandolin Mondays #277 w/ Special Guest Audrey Mendenhall

by dbmandolin on Apr-26-2021 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays, Boston-area mandolinist Audrey Mendenhall of the bands Stoneface Mountain Stringband and The Mendenhall Sisters joins us to share a few burning passes on the classic mandolin tune "El Cumbanchero" played on her Kentucky F5 mandolin.



Audrey is a mandolin player to keep your eye on. Her work with the Lexington/Bedford-based band Stoneface Mountain and with her sister in The Mendenhall

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Mandolin Mondays #276 w/ Special Guest Kevin Macleod

by dbmandolin on Apr-19-2021 at 7:00am
All the way from Scotland, mandolinist Kevin Macleod joins us this week on Mandolin Mondays for a lovely set of traditional Scottish tunes played on his Stefan Sobell mandolin.



Kevin is a multi-instrumentalist from Edinburgh, Scotland who has a deep history in traditional Celtic music. Over the years, he's made music with some of the biggest names in this music, including Alec Finn & Frankie Gavin of De Danann, Ali ‘Beag’

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