Acoustic musician, David Benedict, is a southeastern based performer, composer, and instructor seeking to blend tradition and innovation through his music. Though proficient with many stringed instruments, David’s main focus is the mandolin. Over the years, his broad tastes have led him to push the conventional boundaries of the mandolin by exploring a variety of musical styles.
Since 2009, David has recorded and performed with Celtic folk band, Emerald Road. Additionally, he has played at venues and festivals across the southeast with other local musicians and ensembles, ranging from accompanying singer-songwriters to soloing in a professional orchestra. In 2013, David graduated from Bryan College in Tennessee with a unique degree in Mandolin Performance. As a core part of his education, he studied with professional mandolinists, Matt Flinner and Mike Marshall. Also, David has been selected twice to be one of 16 young string musicians to participate in Savannah Music Festival’s annual Acoustic Music Seminar. While there, he received hands on instruction from world-class artists such as Mike Marshall, Julian Lage, Darol Anger, Casey Driessen, Chris Eldridge, Noam Pikelny, David Grisman, Jerry Douglas, Martin Taylor, and others.
In spring of 2014, David released his first solo album of original tunes entitled Into the True Country. The album features a crew of outstanding musicians and was produced by Grammy-nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner.
Now, as David pursues music fulltime in Nashville, he has an emerging reputation for his technical proficiency and authentic voice as a composer and improviser. See what others have to say about David:
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 Benedict is extremely talented, not just in the literal skills of playing the mandolin, but in putting together compositions that have the ability to conjure nostalgia while also feeling fresh and exciting. Benedict is quite literally keeping a tradition alive.
Ear to the Ground Music
David is part of a new generation of American mandolinists who are helping to reinvent our instrument. Super clean and accurate playing combined with a broad sense of composition and a sensitivity of style that is soulful yet clear and beautiful. While his roots are clearly bluegrass and celtic fiddle based, his tastes expand deep into jazz and classical as well. The future of our instrument is going to be in fine shape with young people like David Benedict taking the reins.
It’s been a special treat to work with David as a music major at Bryan College. I’ve told many people to ‘Watch that young man. He’s going places.’
Dr. Mel Wilhoit