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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 #234 w/ Special Guest Evan Davies

by dbmandolin on Jun-29-2020 at 7:00am
Mandolin player of British Bluegrass band The Often Herd, Evan Davies joins us this week on Mandolin Mondays for a modern take on this old time tune played on his Lebeda F5 Standard.

Evan is a Yorkshire-based musician known for his proficiency on the mandolin, guitar and fiddle, and for his soulful singing and songwriting. He has toured around the UK and Europe and played at festivals including Edinburgh

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Mandolin Mondays #233 w/ Special Guest Nick Chandler

by dbmandolin on Jun-22-2020 at 7:00am
Nick Chandler of NC bluegrass band Nick Chandler and Delivered, stops by Mandolin Mondays this week to play this original tune on his Carl Spann Mandolin.

Nick Chandler and Delivered is a hard driving traditional bluegrass band from Western North Carolina. After many successful years focusing on Gospel music, Nick has released a long awaited bluegrass album, Groceries, Gas and Used Cars, and he is getting

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Mandolin Mondays #232 w/ Special Guest Sam Frangos-Rhodes

by dbmandolin on Jun-15-2020 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays, New Zealand mandolinist Sam Frangos-Rhodes brings the heat on this original tune played on his David Harvey 2012 Gibson custom F-5L Custom Fern.

Sam began playing fiddle at the age of 6 and has developed his love of bluegrass by watching the NZ bluegrass greats The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band. Now he's branched out to guitar and mandolin, and has become a core part of

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Mandolin Mondays #231 /// "Wildwood Flower"

by dbmandolin on Jun-08-2020 at 6:25am
Hey folks! Happy Mandolin Mondays! I just launched a new Patreon page and, and decided to celebrate with a little "Wildwood Flower."

You can expect a lot more videos like this to come! Head over to my Patreon page to get the tab/notation transcription of this performance and a bunch more weekly mandolin content:


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Mandolin Mondays #230 w/ Special Guest Tapas Roy

by dbmandolin on Jun-01-2020 at 7:00am
All the way from India, the amazing Tapas Roy brings us an amazing video for this week's Mandolin Mondays. Here's Tapas original composition played on his beautiful Mintu Biswas Mandolin.

Tapas Roy, is a versatile mandolin player from India. He began his musical journey with the Dotara, at the age of ten, learning from his father Pdt Paritosh Roy who was a legendary Bengali folk music composer and a renowned Dotara player.

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