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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 #199 w/ Special Guest Solly Burton

by dbmandolin on Oct-21-2019 at 7:00am
3-time Winfield Mandolin Champion Solly Burton brings us a swinging arrangement of this baseball classic played beautifully on his 2018 Pava F5.

Solly is an unassuming jet ski mechanic and farmer from Indiana, but he's been impressing many with his mandolin prowess since a young age. He won his first Winfield Walnut Valley National Mandolin Championship at the age of 16 and has gone on to win two other

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Mandolin Mondays #198 w/ Special Guest Chris Acquavella

by dbmandolin on Oct-14-2019 at 7:56am
The incredible Germany-based classical mandolinist Chris Acquavella brings us a beautiful original composition played on his 2019 Soloist Mandolin “Classico” built by Alfred Woll.

Chris Acquavella is a mandolinist, composer and educator from San Diego, CA, who currently lives in Mainz, Germany. He graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance in London, England. Chris studied mandolin performance

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Mandolin Monday #197 w/ Special Guest Abigail Hartley

by dbmandolin on Oct-07-2019 at 7:00am
Arkansas mandolin wiz Abigail Hartley joins us on Mandolin Mondays this week for a spin on "Goodbye Liza Jane" on her 2012 Northfield F5M.

Abigail is from Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where she grew up playing mandolin with her family band, The Hartley Family. She's also talented multi-instrumentalist, with deadly chops on guitar, vocals and more. Recently she's been playing bass with the Texas sister

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Mandolin Mondays #196 w/ Special Guest Paul Van Vlodrop

by dbmandolin on Sep-30-2019 at 7:00am
Amsterdam's resident bluegrass master Paul Van Vlodrop stops by Mandolin Mondays this week to play this Bill Monroe classic on his UK made Vanden mandolin.

Paul has been a fixture in the Netherlands bluegrass scene since the early 70's. He made a career playing with NL award-winning band 4 Wheel Drive for nearly 20 years. Since then, Paul has shared the stage with artists such as Byron Berline, Vince Gill, Bill Keith, and

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Mandolin Mondays #195 w/ Special Guest Penny Lea Clark

by dbmandolin on Sep-23-2019 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays Penny Lea Clark from The Purple Hulls brings us a fiery hymn medley played on her Northfield mandolin.

Penny Lea has done it all in the country scene. Since moving to Music City, touring through 48 States in 6 months, making her debut at the Grand Ole Opry, and landing a prestigious publishing deal, she decided to move back to her roots in Kilgore, TX. Now she still performs and records prolifically

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