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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 #203 w/ Special Guest Sierra Hull

by dbmandolin on Nov-18-2019 at 8:00am
3-time IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year and all around Mandolin Queen, Sierra Hull, makes a very special appearance on Mandolin Mondays this week with an original Celtic-inspired tune on her trusty Gibson axe.

Based in Nashville, TN, Sierra is a mandolinist who's name precedes herself. Starting at a very young age, she began making onstage appearances with such artists as Sam Bush, Alison Krauss & Union Station, and others.

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Mandolin Mondays #202 w/ Special Guest Andy Leftwich

by dbmandolin on Nov-11-2019 at 6:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays, the amazing Andy Leftwich, formerly from Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, plays the heck out of this Texas-style fiddle tune on his 1999 Gilchrist mandolin.

Andy is a 4-time Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist from Tennessee. Although primarily known for his fiddle playing, Andy has carved out a space for himself in the mandolin world as well. In addition to his 15-year tenure playing fiddle

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Updated Nov-12-2019 at 7:55am by Mandolin Cafe


Mandolin Mondays #201 w/ Special Guest Caleb Edwards

by dbmandolin on Nov-04-2019 at 6:30am
Nashville-based mandolinist Caleb Edwards of the bands Lateral Blue and Runa joins us on Mandolin Mondays this week for a tasty original tune played on his 2017 Northfield Big Mon mandolin.

Caleb got his start in music growing up in Metamora, Indiana. He first found the mandolin at age twelve and went on to graduate from the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music in 2014. He then moved to Nashville to join the

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Updated Nov-04-2019 at 7:16am by dbmandolin


Mandolin Mondays #200 /// "Russian Rag"

by dbmandolin on Oct-28-2019 at 7:00am
Today marks two hundred consecutive weeks of Mandolin Mondays! To celebrate this momentous occasion, I worked up this special solo arrangement of the "Russian Rag" for your amusement. Enjoy!

This tune first entered the mandolin world with the 1932 Dave Apollon mandolin orchestra version. In the years that followed, additional reprises of this ensemble arrangement surfaced from Sam Bush, the Modern Mandolin Quartet,

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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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