David Benedict


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  • Mandolin Mondays #112 w/ Special Guest Lauren Price /// “Monroe Blues”

    February 19, 2018: This week Lauren Price of The Price Sisters joins us for some impressive Monroe stylings on her Buckeye mandolin.

    Lauren has been a traditional bluegrass thespian from the age of 9. Since then she’s traveled far from her home in Sardis, Ohio to bring her music to festivals all over the states–even to China! In 2017, she graduated from Morehead State University in Kentucky, where she earned a BA in traditional music with a concentration in bluegrass.

    Lauren now plays full time with her twin sister Leanna in their band The Price Sisters. In 2016, they released their self-titled EP on Rebel Records. You can check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Price-Sisters/dp/B01HBK88ZU

    Also, be sure to check out the links below for more info about Lauren’s music and tour schedule:


    And as always, tune in next week for more Mandolin Mondays! Until then…

    Happy Picking!

  • Mandolin Mondays #111 w/ Special Guest Kym Warner /// “M’Lady Nancy”/”Sapporo”

    February 12, 2018: This week on Mandolin Mondays, Kym Warner mandolinist of The Green Cards and Robert Earl Keen stops by for a stellar medley played on his 2004 Engelmann top Collings MT2-V.

    Originally from Australia, Kym Warner has left a large mark on the worldwide bluegrass scene with his immaculate playing and prolific work. Tough most well known for his work with the progressive bluegrass band The Green Cards, Kym has toured extensively with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. He now performs with Robert Earl Keen in addition to other solo shows.

    Kym’s most recent record Everything that Brought Me Here, is an emotive spin on the mandolin record idiom. Full of lush textures, unique instrumentation, and beautiful production, the album will leave you wanting to listen again. Check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Everything-That-Brought-Me-Here/dp/B00V6URBKA

    For more info about Kym’s tour schedule check out the links below:


    And as always, tune in next week for more Mandolin Mondays! Until then…

    Happy Picking!

  • Mandolin Mondays #110 w/ Special Guest Mike Compton /// “Colored Piece”

    February 5, 2018: The one and only Mike Compton stops in for Mandolin Mondays this week for a gut wrenching blues tune played on an amazing Lloyd Loar mandolin (July 9, 1923 #73725).

    Mike has a mandolin curriculum vitae longer than anyone in the business. To name a few notable chapters in his career he was a founder of the Nashville Bluegrass Band, a longtime John Hartford collaborator, a member of the Soggy Bottom Boys band made famous through the popular film O Brother Where, Art Thou?, and an IBMA and Grammy award-winning recording artist. He’s an incredible performer, historian, and instructor to say the least!

    Here, Mike gives us the historical backstory to the piece in this video, “This old blues originates from a series of interviews done by the late master fiddler Alan Jabbour in 1966-67 on the fiddling of Mr. Henry Reed from Glen Lyn, Virginia. Mr Reed called this a “colored piece” because it came from a black community in North Carolina. There is not indication on the recording as to where in North Carolina, however.”

    Connect with Mike at the links below for more information about his music. You can also contact him through his website to get a transcription of the melody to this tune:


    And as always, tune in next week for more Mandolin Mondays! Until then…

    Happy Picking!

  • Mandolin Mondays #109 /// David Benedict “Twisty Jigs”

    January 29, 2018: Tomorrow I’m getting on a flight to visit Ireland (so excited!), so I’ve been brushing up on my jigs. Recently learned these three particularly twisty ones–“The Return Home,” “Cahal’s Jig,” and “The Mystery Inch.”

    Stay tuned for my new 7-part video lesson series on Mandolins Heal the World all about the Irish jig. We’ll be looking at the right hand jig picking pattern, Irish triplets, and melodic variations for 7 traditional tunes. Subscribe here for full access: https://mandolinshealtheworld.com/

    MM hats and stickers are available at my bandcamp page here: https://davidbenedict.bandcamp.com/merch

    Also, you can contact me through my website for a free copy of the tab/notation transcription of the solos in this video: http://davidbenedictmusic.com/contact/

    And as always, tune in next week for more Mandolin Mondays! Until then…

    Happy Picking!

  • Mandolin Mondays #108 w/ Special Guest Ted Eschliman /// “Love is Here to Stay”

    January 22, 2018: This week, JazzMando.com founder Ted Eschliman graces us with a chord melody version of this George Gershwin classic on a his incredible Clark 5-String electric mandolin.

    Ted has had his finger on the pulse of the online mandolin community for over a decade. In addition to his impressive work on JazzMando.com, Ted is also the forum moderator for our very own Mandolin Cafe. His educational efforts in jazz mandolin have helped pave the way towards acceptance and popularity of the idiom. Most notably, in 2008 he published the bestselling Mel Bay instructional book Getting Into Jazz Mandolin: https://www.melbay.com/Products/20835

    You can read the Mandolin Cafe feature interview with Ted here: https://www.mandolincafe.com/news/pub

    To connect with Ted and learn more about his work, check out the links below:


    And as always, tune in next week for more Mandolin Mondays! Until then…

    Happy Picking!