2014 winner of the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk songwriter contest, C Daniel Boling shares experiences from a life well lived in places as far ranging as Okinawa, Japan, and Padre Island, Texas. This balladeer and songwriter with the friendly tenor brings his well crafted story songs to happy audiences coast to coast and in Europe in over one hundred shows a year, from house concerts and listening rooms to major festivals.
Born into a traveling Air Force family, he later worked as a National Park Ranger (yes, the gun toting kind) and as a criminal investigator for the US Bureau Of Land Management. He started touring at 50, an age when most guys are planning their retirement. He has released 7 albums since 1999, including ”These Houses” produced by Jono Manson and to be released in late 2016 on the Berkalin Records label.
Daniel’s songs tell interesting stories about a variety of characters, including himself. He plays the guitar and banjitar (a banjo and guitar hybrid) with a deft fingerpicking style that always enhances the stories, and a bit of harmonica into the bargain. His clear tenor draws positive comparisons to John Denver and Pete Seeger, and like Pete, Daniel is happiest when his audiences sing too.
There’s a lot of Steve Goodman in Daniel’s delivery and storytelling. You can also hear the influence of other classic folk singers and songs from the great American folk tradition. It’s no surprise that iconic Appalachian folk singer Jean Ritchie is his 2nd cousin. He’s had the pleasure to share the stage with Tom Chapin, Small Potatoes, Jack Williams, Tim Henderson, John Flynn and many more. He’s won numerous songwriting awards including Kerrville New Folk, Walnut Valley Festival, Santa Fe bluegrass and Old Time Festival, Albuquerque Folk Festival, and Woody Guthrie Folk.