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- August 21, 1992 (27)
- 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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on Aug-10-2020 at 7:00am
Meet Baptiste Cardineau, an impressive, up-and-coming mandolinist based in Montreal, Quebec. He plays and sings with The Red Chair Snappers, and he's a great tune writer to boot. Here's an original tune of Baptiste's played on his sweet Turkey Creek A-Style mandolin.
Baptiste Cardineau is a 21 year old originally from Boulder, Colorado. He now plays mandolin and sings in the Montreal-based bluegrass band the Red Chair Snappers.
on Aug-03-2020 at 7:00am
The amazing jazz mandolinist Daniel Coolik of The Revelers stops by Mandolin Mondays this week to share a gorgeous take on this old Tin Pan Alley standard played on his personally modified Kalamazoo electric mandolin.
A consummate musician’s musician, Daniel Coolik, originally from Atlanta, Georgia, swept into the Lafayette, LA scene in 2009 and quickly added his name to many respectable rosters, loaning
on Jul-27-2020 at 7:00am
Brazilian mandolin and Choro master Danilo Brito, brings us an incredibly special performance of Luperce Miranda's virtuosic composition "Quando me Lembro" played on Danilo's Brazilian made mandolin for this week's Mandolin Mondays.
Danilo Brito is a Brazilian mandolinist and composer whose international recognition lies on his extraordinary musical skills, on his unique ability to inspire emotion and on his outstanding
on Jul-20-2020 at 7:00am
UK mandolinist and master illustrator Jacob Matthess joins us this week on Mandolin Mondays for an impressive take on Andy Irvine with this Irish medley played on Jacob's powerful Krishot F5 Fern built by Eduard Kristufek in 2002.
Jacob grew up in Northern Ireland and the States, but now lives in Glasgow, Scotland while finishing his university degree. He is not only an incredible musician but has become
on Jul-13-2020 at 7:00am
Mandolinist with bluegrass gospel group Chosen Road, Zachary Alvis joins us on Mandolin Mondays this week for a classic fiddle tune played on his sweet Aleyas LF-5 built by Lee Chapman.
Zach is a founding member of the band Chosen Road which has been going strong for the past 10 years. Recently, they were nominated for IMEA’s “Album of the Year” and “Gospel Band of the Year” and were also on the ballot