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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 #331 w/ Special Guest Tom Wright

by dbmandolin on May-09-2022 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays we have 10 string mandolin player Tom Wright with us, carving up a fun medley of "Big Yellow Taxi" and "La Bamba" on his Thomas Buchanan mandolin.



Tom grew up in Washington, D.C. listening to classical music and studying violin. The creative explosion of the sixties caught his ear and he learned guitar and the songs of the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Frank Zappa, and

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Mandolin Mondays #330 /// "Durang's Hornpipe"

by dbmandolin on May-02-2022 at 7:01am
Been looking at this fun fiddle tune over on my YouTube channel recently, and I thought it would be fun to work up a solo arrangement for Mandolin Mondays here.



I've got a free pdf tab/notation transcription for all the notes I played in this video right here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FFe...ew?usp=sharing

Also, check out this free lesson video for the

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Mandolin Mondays #329 w/ Special Guest Rainer Zellner

by dbmandolin on Apr-25-2022 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays we're joined by German mandolinist and bluegrass promoter Rainer Zellner, playing a beautiful solo version of "Flowers of Edinburgh' with his Northfield Big Mon mandolin.



Rainer started playing music in the early 70s on guitar when folk music caught his attention. It did not take long until he switched to mandolin for Bluegrass music. In the mid 80s Rainer wrote and published "Das Mandolinenbuch,“

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Mandolin Mondays #328 w/ Special Guest Alex Rueb

by dbmandolin on Apr-18-2022 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays we have Austin, Texas-based mandolinist Alex Rueb with us to play the frets off this 2005 Collings MF5 Deluxe Varnish with a bit of "Little Rock Getaway."



Alex Rueb was born and raised in Omaha, NE. Having a strong interest in music from an early age, Alex started playing piano at age 10 and moved on to guitar at 13. At age 17, he picked up a cheap mandolin from a pawn shop and was quickly

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Mandolin Mondays #327 w/ Special Guest Claudine Langille

by dbmandolin on Apr-11-2022 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays, we have Vermont-based Celtic mandolinist Claudine Langille with us to play a fun set of Irish tunes, "The Fairy Queen," "Red-Haired Molly," and "Hardiman the Fiddler" all performed on her 1914 Gibson A4 mandolin.



Claudine first picked up a mandolin in 1976 when a traveling musician from Scotland put one in her hands, saying “Try this-it’s way easier than guitar.”

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