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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 #211 w/ Special Guest Darren Nicholson

by dbmandolin on Jan-13-2020 at 7:00am
Darren Nicholson of the NC, bluegrass band Balsam Range stops by Mandolin Mondays this week for a spin on this Judy Garland classic with his lovely Duff A-style.



Darren Nicholson is a Grammy-nominated musician from Western North Carolina. He's been with Balsam Range since their formation in 2007. Since then they've gone on to bring their music to some of the biggest audiences in bluegrass music around the world--not to mention

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Mandolin Mondays #210 w/ Special Guest Paul Hoffman

by dbmandolin on Jan-06-2020 at 8:00am
Greensky Bluegrass lead singer and mandolinist Paul Hoffman joins us on Mandolin Mondays this week to play one of his daughter's favorite tunes on his 2017 Nugget mandolin.



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Mandolin Mondays #209 w/ Special Guest Nate Burie

by dbmandolin on Dec-30-2019 at 8:00am
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Mandolin Mondays #208 w/ Special Guest Danny Knicely

by dbmandolin on Dec-23-2019 at 8:00am
Virginia mandolin legend Danny Knicely is here to spread some Charlie Brown Christmas cheer on Mandolin Mondays with his unique 2-point Stuart Orser mandolin.



Danny has played with just about everyone anywhere acoustic music is played. He has won many awards for his mandolin, guitar, fiddle and flat-foot dance expertise, including first place in the mandolin contest at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival. His masterful

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Mandolin Mondays #207 w/ Special Guest Lluís Gómez

by dbmandolin on Dec-16-2019 at 8:00am
Spanish bluegrass torch-bearer and multi-instrumentalist Lluís Gómez stops by Mandolin Mondays to play his original tune in festive garb on this beautiful 2015 AZ mandolin built by Basque Country Luthier called Agustín Zubiaga.



Alison Brown calls Lluís Gómez the "Spanish King of the 5-string banjo," but he is also renowned as a violin and mandolin player as well as an instructor specializing in bluegrass, Celtic,

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