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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 w/ Special Guest Greg Pauza

by dbmandolin on Oct-26-2020 at 7:00am
This week on #mandolinmondays, check out Greg Pauza of the Tenderbellies play this brooding original composition on this self-made, custom electric mandolin.



Greg is a Burlington-based mandolinist. He plays with The Tenderbellies--a string band that seamlessly blends Americana, bluegrass, new grass, jazz and rock to create a performance suitable for any audience. Additionally, he is known for his collaborations with other

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Mandolin Mondays #250 w/ Special Guest Chris Thile

by dbmandolin on Oct-19-2020 at 7:00am
Well… this just happened. For the 250th installment of #mandolinmondays, we’ve got the one and only Chris Thile here to take us for a spin on this amazing new untitled composition with his Gibson Lloyd Loar F5.



Chris Thile, may just be the most well known mandolin player of all time. From his work with the bands, Nickel Creek, The Punch Brothers, The Goat Rodeo Sessions, and his recent championing of the radio program Live

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Mandolin Mondays #249 w/ Special Guest Lucy Lindblom

by dbmandolin on Oct-12-2020 at 7:00am
Big welcome to Lucy Lindblom with Headin' Home Bluegrass who's joining us on Mandolin Mondays this week to shred some "Pike County Breakdown" on her handmade Doug Clark mandolin.



Lucy is an 18-year-old mandolinist from Bloomingdale, GA. From her powerful chop to her blazing-fast solos, she adds a sparkle to every song. She plays and sings with her family in the powerful bluegrass band Headin' Home. The band just

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Mandolin Mondays #248 w/ Special Guest Elijah Moore

by dbmandolin on Oct-05-2020 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays, North Carolina mandolin up and comer Elijah Moore of One Fret Over joins us for a fantastic take on "Durham's Bull" with his powerful Apitius Classic mandolin.



Elijah Moore is a 16 year old, award winning mandolin player from North Carolina. Elijah started playing when he was 10 years old, and since then he has won several youth mandolin competitions including 2018 Youth Mandolin

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Mandolin Mondays #247 w/ Special Guest Gabriel Wiseman

by dbmandolin on Sep-28-2020 at 7:00am
North Carolina mandolinist Gabriel Wiseman of The JackTown Ramblers and his trusty 2004 Gibson Alan Bibey signature model are both with us this week for a few tasty turns on the old "Bill Cheatham."



Gabriel has been playing music for around 22 years and in that time he has recorded two solo albums as well as an album with The Wind Riders Bluegrass Band. His rhythmic mandolin back up helps to provide the drive to

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