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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 #189 w/ Special Guest Guthrie Trapp

by dbmandolin on Aug-12-2019 at 8:00am
Turns out Nashville guitar phenom Guthrie Trapp can also shred on the mandolin. Hear him take this 2005 Sim Daley F5 mando for cruise on this improvised piece.



When describing Guthrie's playing, no one says it better that the legendary John Oates, "He is without a doubt one of the greatest soloist Iíve ever heard, fluid, technical, inventive and soulful. Guthrie is the kind of guitarist that makes other players go home

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Mandolin Mondays #188 w/ Special Guest Pepita Emmerichs

by dbmandolin on Aug-05-2019 at 7:00am
The amazing Pepita Emmerichs from Australia's acclaimed indie pop/alt folk band Oh Pep! joins us on Mandolin Mondays with this catching original tune played on Pepi's Kentucky KM 1000 mandolin--filmed at the stunning Eibsee Lake in Germany!



Since releasing their first album Stadium Cake, Oh Pep! has won the hearts of NPR, the New York Times, Paste Magazine and so much more. They've played at some of the biggest music festivals

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Mandolin Mondays #187 w/ Special Guest Mike Mullins

by dbmandolin on Jul-29-2019 at 7:00am
West coast mandolin resident Mike Mullins joins us for Mandolin Mondays with a beautiful rendition of "The Water is Wide" played on his renecked 1937 Gibson F7.



Mike has been the guitarist for the California-based band the Cache Valley Drifters for a while now, but he says that mandolin is his first love. He's collaborated with some of the best cats on the West Coast--even found himself as an Artist-in-residence

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Mandolin Mondays #186 w/ Special Guest Danny Roberts

by dbmandolin on Jul-22-2019 at 7:00am
The great Danny Roberts of the award-winning bluegrass band The Grascals burns this original tune on his Sorensen VX mandolin this week on Mandolin Mondays.



Danny has had a prolific career with the mandolin since a his time growing up in Kentucky. In 1982 he co-founded the band New Tradition, a bluegrass/gospel group that toured the country for close to 20 years and recorded 10 albums. When the band went on hiatus, Danny

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Mandolin Mondays #185 Featuring Andrew Buckner

by dbmandolin on Jul-15-2019 at 8:00am
Middle Tennessee mandolinist Andrew Buckner takes us on a journey with an original tune "Coffee and a Good Book" played beautifully on his TKD F5 Eagle mandolin.



Andrew has recorded three, full-length albums with the band Steel Bridge and still performs regularly with the group. In the fall of 2012, Andrew worked briefly as a guitarist with the band Wisewater featuring Forrest O'Connor, and

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