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- August 21, 1992 (29)
- 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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on Oct-11-2021 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays we've got the great Jeff Cardey with us all with from Belgium to play a pair of original tunes on his 2011 Northfield Big Mon Mandolin.
Jeff is one of the hardest working mandolinists in Europe. Originally from Manitoba, Canada, Jeff now lives full time in Brussels and plays with a number of successful bluegrass bands in Belgium and the Netherlands. He's well know for his work with the award
on Oct-04-2021 at 7:00am
Today Mandolin Mondays turns 300! Hard to believe this silly thing started 300 weeks ago! As always, I'm so thankful for the support from the Mandolin Cafe, the many amazing mandolinists who have contributed to the series and the many followers who have helped make it so special!
If you'd like to support the series and get access to much more mandolin content and learning material, check out my patreon page here: https://www.patreon.com/davidbenedictmandolin
on Sep-27-2021 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays we have Adam Miller of the Lonesome River Band with us to take a spin on the classic fiddle tune "Cherokee Shuffle" with his trusty Northfield mandolin.
Adam Miller grew up in Erwin, Tennessee. Music has always been a big part of his life. He began singing in church with his family at a young age and soon became interested in playing guitar. He started taking guitar lessons at 7 years
on Sep-20-2021 at 7:06am
This week on Mandolin Mondays we've got Silas Powell of Silas Powell and the Powell Family Band is with us to play this Monroe classic "Evening Prayer Blues: played on his killer Sorensen mandolin.
18 year old Silas Powell is a 5th generation picker from the small town of Salem, WV. He is a 4 time Junior Champion of the State of Maryland, and at twelve years old he took 2nd place in the Maryland state adult division,
on Sep-13-2021 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays we're joined by Josiah Nelson of the Tray Wellington Band for an original tune called "Gulls Goals" played on his fantastic Collings mandolin.
Josiah started out in competition style fiddle and used that knowledge to compete in competitions all over the country. He's taken home many titles including Colorado Young Adult State Champion. His professional music career started in 2015 playing