Originally from South Carolina, mandolinist David
Benedict is a Boston-based performer, composer, and instructor seeking to blend tradition and innovation through his music. Alumnus member of Missy
Raines & The New Hip and producer of the popular weekly Mandolin Mondays video series, David is now a part of the adventurous, young New England
bluegrass band Mile Twelve.
In 2013, he graduated with a unique degree in mandolin music performance from Bryan College in Tennessee, where he studied with Grammy-nominated
mandolinist Matt Flinner. Since then, David has played at venues and festivals across the southeast including the Savannah Music Festival and TEDx
Conferences–sharing the stage with such musicians as Casey Driessen, Matt Flinner, Julian Lage, Mike Marshall, Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott, Tommy
Emmanuel, and others.
Over the years, David’s broad tastes have led him to push the conventional boundaries of the mandolin by exploring a variety of musical styles
including bluegrass, old time, celtic, jazz, classical, and more. He has also been observed to have a unique and authentic artistic voice as a
composer. This distinct creative style is displayed in his two albums of original acoustic instrumental music: the first, Into the True Country
(2014), which features a crew of outstanding studio musicians and was produced by Flinner, and the second, an intrepid duo album with Chattanooga
finger-style guitarist Michael Moore, called Each by Side (2015).