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Mandolin Mondays #407 w/ Special Guest Michael Daves

Rating: 1 votes, 5.00 average.
This week on Mandolin Mondays we're joined by bluegrass guitar and vocal powerhouse Michael Daves, playing an old time fiddle tune called "Benton's Dream" on this mid-30s Gibson A50.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Michael Daves grew up playing bluegrass in the grand old tradition of staying up late & singing loud. Although heís since moved north, the Southern roots permeate his music, however traditional or experimental. Heralded as ďa leading light of the New York bluegrass sceneĒ by the New York Times, Daves has garnered attention for his work with Chris Thile, Steve Martin, Tony Trischka, and others in addition to his solo performances.

Daves is also devoted teacher with over twenty five years of experience whose instructional style is aimed at helping students develop and refine their own natural musical sensibilities while exploring a wealth of American roots traditions, particularly bluegrass. In 2016 he launched an online school in bluegrass vocals on where he helps students around the world learn the intricacies bluegrass singing style as well as harmony singing and ear training. Check it out here:

Here's a word from Michael about this video, "The mando is a mid-30s Gibson A50. It has an extra wide body and a longer scale than any other Gibson mando, I think. Iím babysitting it for a little while. The tune is 'Bentonís Dream,' by NC fiddler Benton Flippen. Itís sort of played to death in Old Time circles but I think it will be a great bluegrass standard once it catches on."

Be sure to connect with Michael at the links below for more info about his music:

And as always, tune in next week for more Mandolin Mondays! Until then...

Happy Picking!

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  1. Alfons's Avatar
    Wow! Very cool - You are making that A50 earn its keep! That's a rousing tune, and you got a great tone out of that mando. Great playing.
  2. cayuga red's Avatar
    What a mandolin!
  3. cayuga red's Avatar
    And a fine performance.
  4. dshipp's Avatar
    What's the tuning?
  5. Josh Levine's Avatar
    Great picking Michael! I have taken some of Michael’s classes over the years and he is a great teacher. His deep dive knowledge is 2nd to none and his enthusiasm about the content is contagious.
  6. darylcrisp's Avatar
    wow, cool tune, cool mandolin, very cool playing.
    thank you for time and effort bringing this to us
  7. phildorado's Avatar
    Such a great tune and vibe I had to transcribe this version. I'm new here and cant figure out how to post a file, but maybe this link will work.