Mandolinist David Benedict is a performer, composer, and instructor seeking to blend tradition and innovation through his music. 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. After a stint in Nashville performing as a member of Missy Raines & The New Hip, David now performs full time with the exciting new bluegrass band Mile Twelve in Boston.
Gaining international fame with the Claire Lynch Band, and then performing in a duet with Missy Raines, Jim Hurst twice won the IBMA Guitar Player of the Year and was nominated again for the same award in 2015. Inspired by Doc Watson and Tony Rice, Jim began as a flat-picker, but the finger-style playing of Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed was the “turn in the road” for Jim. The intertwining of these musical threads defines Jim’s unique style.