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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 #344 w/ Special Guest Karolina Jastrzębska

by dbmandolin on Aug-08-2022 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays we're joined by Polish mandolinist Karolina Jastrzębska of the bands Caroline & the Lucky Ones and Stacja Folk to play this compelling original composition "The Ant's Path" on her powerhouse Polish-made Bulas mandolin.



Karolina encountered music at an early age in Poland. Growing up the group T. Band would often rehearse in her home--her father, Paweł Jastrzębski, played

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Mandolin Mondays #343 w/ Special Guest Alon Sariel

by dbmandolin on Aug-01-2022 at 7:00am
Returning to Mandolin Mondays this week we have classical mandolinist Alon Sariel with us to play this gorgeous original prelude from a recent partita he composed for mandolin. Joined by his cat and his Mintu Biswas mandolin, Alon's video is one you'll not want to miss.



If you're new to Alon's music, he's an award-winning mandolinist and lutenist originally from Beersheba, at the southern part of Israel. Now living in Hanover,

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Mandolin Mondays #342 w/ Special Guest Wyatt Ellis

by dbmandolin on Jul-25-2022 at 7:00am
Returning to Mandolin Mondays this week we have 13 year old Wyatt Ellis from Maryville, TN near the foothills of the Smokey Mountains playing an original tune called "Whites Creek" on his Gibson mandolin.



Bluegrass music is known for nurturing young musicians, so it is relatively common to spot the early rising stars of the genre. However, the sudden success of Wyatt Ellis, during the pandemic, was quite unexpected.

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Mandolin Mondays #341

by dbmandolin on Jul-18-2022 at 7:00am
I just recently became an uncle 3 times over, and it reminded me of this tune I wrote and recorded a while back from my niece. Had fun dusting this off again--hope ya'll enjoy!



I first recorded this tune on a duo record with a guitarist friend called Each by Side--you can check out the original recording here: https://open.spotify.com/album/7taWw...Su6YXccVSsYHmQ

And for those out there interested

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Mandolin Mondays w/ Special Guests the Appalachian Mandolin Trio

by dbmandolin on Jul-11-2022 at 7:00am
This week on Mandolin Mondays we have the Appalachian Mandolin Trio with us to play their entertaining rendition of the Cannonball Adderley tune "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" from their forthcoming new record Let's Swaaaaaaang!



The Appalachian Mandolin Trio is an ensemble based in North Carolina. After releasing their debut album Live in Blowing Rock, the Trio is now tackling swing style with mandolin family instruments

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