David Benedict

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About David

Originally from Clemson, South Carolina, mandolinist David Benedict is a Nashville-based performer, composer, and instructor seeking to blend tradition and innovation through his music. Now as a performing member of Missy Raines & The New Hip and as creator and producer of the popular weekly Mandolin Mondays video series, David is at the cusp of new horizons for the mandolin.

In 2013, he graduated with a unique degree in mandolin music performance from Bryan College in Tennessee, where he studied with mandolinists Matt Flinner and Mike Marshall. 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 is his two albums of original acoustic instrumental music: the first, Into the True Country (2014), which features a crew of outstanding musicians and was produced by Grammy-nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner, and the second, an adventurous duo album with Chattanooga finger-style guitarist Michael Moore, called Each by Side (2015).

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!

    Julian Lage

  • 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. The future of our instrument is going to be in fine shape with young people like David Benedict taking the reins.

    Mike Marshall

  • It became very clear that David Benedict is a mandolin star on the rise, and someone we should pay attention to. I can’t wait to see what new music he has in store for our enjoyment.

    Scott Tichenor - Mandolin Cafe

  • 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 Benedict proves that there are still wonderful melodies awaiting to be discovered by those with the mind to seek them.

    Target Audience Magazine