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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 #229 w/ Special Guest Adrian Gross

by dbmandolin on May-25-2020 at 7:00am
This Mandolin Mondays, the incredible Canadian mandolinist Adrian Gross of The Slocan Ramblers gives us some beautiful tones on his vintage Gibson mandola with an impressive performance of this Jimmie Rodgers classic.



The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have become a leading light of today’s

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Mandolin Mondays #228 w/ Special Guest Mike Marshall

by dbmandolin on May-18-2020 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays, mando master Mike Marshall brings us a very special virtual orchestra experience with the help of 32 of his Artistworks online students. Thanks to all the participants in this video for showing us the amazing possibilities for musical progress and collaboration even in these challenging times. Video editing by Martin Hietkamp.



Mike Marshall might just be the cornerstone of modern mandolin playing

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Mandolin Mondays #227 w/ Special Guest Oskar Reuter

by dbmandolin on May-11-2020 at 7:00am
Swedish mandolinist Oskar Reuter stops by Mandolin Mondays this week to play some original Swedish folk music on his lovely Vaña F5 Master Model built by Miroslav Vana in 2012.



Oskar Reuter is a prolific musician and educator based in Gothenburg, Sweden. His main focus musically is Nordic traditional and contemporary music, and can be found playing guitar, cittern, nyckelharpa, in addition to the mandolin.

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Mandolin Mondays #226 w/ Special Guest Josh Pinkham

by dbmandolin on May-04-2020 at 7:00am
Kittel & Co mandolin monster Josh Pinkham blows this Charlie Parker number out of the water with some crazy metronome antics this week on Mandolin Mondays. That is quite the Red Diamond axe to boot!



Josh has been a recognized mandolinist since a very young age. A quick search or youtube will find a young Josh on stage with David Grisman, Mike Marshall, and Chris Thile. Now Josh continues to make a

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Mandolin Mondays #225 w/ Special Guest AJ Lee

by dbmandolin on Apr-27-2020 at 7:00am
California's own AJ Lee brings us a special Mandolin Mondays video this week with an original tune played on her 2001 Ray Webber mandolin.



AJ Lee is a singer, songwriter, and mandolinist who has been the darling of the North Bay, California bluegrass scene since her first appearance in Santa Cruz. Her bluegrass band Blue Summit draws influences from swing, folk, blues, jazz, country, soul, and rock. Their undeniable talent

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