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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 #338 w/ Special Guest Milom Williams II

by dbmandolin on Today at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays we're joined by lefty South Carolina mandolinist Milom Williams II of the band Backline. Check out his rendition of the Wayne Benson tune "Wintergrass" played on his Gray Fern F-5 mandolin.



After starting guitar lessons at 8, Milom picked up the mandolin around 12. When he was 17 he started taking lessons from Wayne Benson, and joined his first full-time band at 18. Kevin Richardson

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Mandolin Mondays #337 w/ Special Guest Justin Harrison

by dbmandolin on Jun-20-2022 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Monday Justin Harrison of the band Nu-Blu joins us to play a rendition of Jesse McReynolds "Okeechobee Wind" played on this 1957 Gibson F5 mandolin that was previously owned by Jesse.



Justin Harrison is primarily a mandolin picker from, and still residing in, Williamston, North Carolina. He began playing at the age of 8. Around the age of 16 he started to play in various local bands with his

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Mandolin Mondays #336 /// "Last Chance"

by dbmandolin on Jun-13-2022 at 7:05am
Having fun with some double stops in the key of F Major on this catchy tune "Last Chance" from the playing of Hobart Smith. Grab the free transcription below!



I've got a free pdf tab/notation transcription for all the notes I played in this video right here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pkB...ew?usp=sharing

Be on the look out for a follow up lesson video on the YouTube

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Mandolin Mondays #335 w/ Special Guest Cody Shuler

by dbmandolin on Jun-06-2022 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays Cody Shuler of Pine Mountain Railroad joins us to sing this Monroe classic "I'm Working on a Building" played with his beautiful 2021 Gilchrist Model 5.



Cody Shuler is a Grammy and DOVE nominated singer, songwriter and case maker. From Bryson City, NC, Cody began his career in music at the age of 15 playing mandolin for legendary banjo player Raymond Fairchild. There he got to meet

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Mandolin Mondays #334 w/ Special Guest Baron Collins-Hill

by dbmandolin on May-30-2022 at 7:00am
Returning to Mandolin Mondays this week we have Mandolin YouTuber and educator extraordinaire Baron Collins-Hill of MandoLessons here with us to play this original tune "Cosimo's Flight" on his 10 string A. Lawrence Smart Mandocello.



If you've played mandolin for any stretch of time, then chances are you've seen Baron's wealth of free online mandolin educational resources through his successful YouTube channel

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