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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 #262 w/ Special Guest Caterina Lichtenberg

by dbmandolin on Jan-11-2021 at 8:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays, premier classical mandolinist Caterina Lichtenberg joins us all the way from Germany to share some beautiful Bach played on her Alfred Woll German Neapolitan Mandolin.



Caterina Lichtenberg is one of the most important mandolinists of our time. She has recorded over 10 CDs to date, and has toured throughout the U.S. Europe and Asia. She currently holds the only existing Professor

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Mandolin Mondays #261 w/ Special Guest Laura-Beth Salter

by dbmandolin on Jan-04-2021 at 8:00am
To start a New Year of Mandolin Mondays off right, Glaswegian singer, songwriter, and mandolinist Laura-Beth Salter brings us a set of original tunes played on her lovely Krishot Mandolins F5 built by Eduard Krištůfek.



A well kent face on the Glasgow Folk and Roots scene, mandolinist, tutor, singer and composer Laura-Beth is a founding member of award winning folk bands The Shee & Kinnaris Quintet.

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Mandolin Mondays #260 w/ Special Guest Bobby Osborne

by dbmandolin on Dec-28-2020 at 7:00am
To close another year of Mandolin Mondays videos, we have the incomparable Bobby Osborne with us to share his mandolin version of the Merle Travis number "Goodbye My Bluebell" played on his legendary 1925 Gibson F5 Fern.



Bobby is one of the most accomplished mandolin players alive today! His pioneering work with The Osborne Brothers paved the way for the early generations of bluegrass music.

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Mandolin Mondays #259 w/ Special Guest Sarah Jarosz

by dbmandolin on Dec-21-2020 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays we have a very special guest! Grammy-winning artist Sarah Jarosz is with us to play a beautiful solo rendition of her composition "Peace" on her 1975 black top A-style Nugget mandolin--just one serial number away from Tim O'Brien's.



Sarah is a mandolinist who needs no introduction. Through her stunning solo recordings and her work with power house group I'm With

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Mandolin Mondays #258 w/ Special Guest Calum McIlroy

by dbmandolin on Dec-14-2020 at 9:12am
Check out Calum McIlroy from Glasgow, Scotland playing a beautiful piece composed by Hugh Campbell, and played on a lovely 2018 Taran Springwell mandolin, built by Rory Dowling in Fife.



Calum McIlroy is a multi-instrumentalist and singer from Aberdeenshire in the North East of Scotland. He began playing the guitar at a young age and by the time he left school he had discovered a passion for folk music, and a new-found interest

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