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C. Daniel Boling: Bio

 “Think of a subtle intertwining of Steve Goodman, John Prine and Tom Paxton.”

– Fred Schmale / Real Roots Café, Dutch music magazine 

 

"One of the most talented songwriters on the circuit!"

– Donna & Kelly / Still on the Hill 

 

"Daniel's songs are filled with sweet imagery and infallible word craft, and his live performances bring another dimension of energy and charm."

– Singer/Songwriter Steve Gillette 

 

“One of my favorite songwriters.”

– Legendary Texas Songwriter Tim Henderson

 

2014 Winner of the prestigious Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk songwriter contest, Daniel shares experiences from a life well-lived in places as far-ranging as Japan, Okinawa, and Padre Island, Texas. With his well-crafted story songs and friendly tenor this balladeer /songwriter delights audiences coast-to-coast in over one hundred shows a year, from House Concerts and listening rooms to major festivals (Kerrville, Winfield, Woody Guthrie, and others).

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’s released seven albums since 1999 -- the most recent, THESE HOUSES, was produced by Jono Manson and released April of 2016 on the Berkalin Records songwriter label.

Daniel’s songs tell interesting stories about a variety of unusual characters, including himself. He plays the guitar and banjitar (a banjo/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 second 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 Walnut Valley Festival, Santa Fe bluegrass and Old Time Festival, Albuquerque Folk Festival, Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, and the granddaddy of them all – the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Songwriter Award.

There’s a reason that Still on the Hill calls him “one of the most talented songwriters on the circuit.” Whether or not you’ve walked the very same roads, you can’t help but relate to these songs – and no matter what your story is, you’ll love Daniel’s.



Songwriting honors include:

  • GRASSY HILL KERRVILLE NEW FOLK – WINNER
  • Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriter Contest – 1st Place Winner 
  • Santa Fe Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival Songwriter Contest – Winner
  • Walnut Valley Acoustic Music Festival Songwriter Contest – Three-time Winner
  • South Florida Folk Festival Songwriter Contest – Five-time Finalist
  • “Woody’s Children” Host Bob Sherman – WFUV-FM – TOP 10 Albums of 2014
  • “Four Strong Winds” Host John Rumsey – KVMR-FM – TOP 10 Albums of 2014
  • “Radio Wayne” Host Wayne Greene – www.RadioWayne.com – TOP 10 Albums of 2014
  • Rich Warren “Pick” Album – "Midnight Special" WFMT/Chicago - 2014
  • FolkDJ Top 500 Albums – #130 – 2014
  • EuroAmericana Radio Chart – TOP 10 for January 2014
  • SWRFA Folk Alliance Conference – Official Showcase Artist
  • FAR-West Folk Alliance Conference – Official Showcase Artist
  • FARM Folk Alliance Conference – Official Showcase Artist
  • NERFA Folk Alliance Conference – Quad Showcase Artist
  • SERFA Folk Alliance Conference – Official Showcase Artist
  • NERFA Folk Alliance Conference – Quad Showcase Artist
  • FARM Folk Alliance Conference – Folk DJ Invitational Showcase Artist

 

 

 

Instrumentation

C. Daniel Boling - Guitar, vocals, banjitar (a guitar/banjo hybrid), banjo, harmonica, and songwriting

DANIEL'S DISCOGRAPHY:

  • These Houses - 2016 - a CD album of 11 original songs plus 2 songs written by mentor Tim Henderson - Released on BERKALIN RECORDS; (Download the One-sheet);
  • Sleeping Dogs - 2013 - a CD album of 13 original songs - Released on BERKALIN RECORDS;(Download the One-sheet);
  • LIVE! from the Winter Folk Festival - 2009 - a live performance CD recorded in January, 2009 at the Florence Winter Folk Festival in Oregon, with 14 songs including 11 originals;
  • He Dreams - 2009 - a CD album of 13 original songs;
  • The Old International - 2003 - a CD album of 14 original songs;
  • Welcome Home - 2000 - a CD album of 16 original songs;
  • Perfectly Stable - 1999 - a two CD album of original, traditional, and cover folk music;
  • Songs From SWRFA - 2010 - includes Daniel's song "I'd Rather Elect Tina Fey"
  • Oasis Acoustic Sampler Volume XII #6 - includes Daniel's song "Tell Me You Love Me So" from the CD "He Dreams";
  • Oasis Acoustic Sampler Volume IX #14 - includes Daniel's song "Darwin's Pride & Joy" from the CD "LIVE! from the Winter Folk Festival 2009";
  • Oasis Acoustic Sampler Volume IX #10 - includes Daniel's song "A Million Little Things" from the CD "He Dreams";
  • Oasis Acoustic Sampler Volume 43 - includes Daniel's song "Mama's Words" from the CD "The Old International";
  • Oasis Acoustic Sampler Volume 30 - includes Daniel's song "Sixteen-penny Candy" from the CD WELCOME HOME;
  • Oasis Acoustic Sampler Volume 21 - includes Daniel's song "Green Street & Canal" from the CD "Perfectly Stable";
  • Sounds of Freedom / America Remembers - 2002 - includes a cover of Daniel's song "Flight 93 (I Just Called to Say Goodbye)"

 

A FEW OF DANIEL'S NOTABLE VENUES:

  • Kerrville Folk Festival mainstage (TX)
  • Folkstage (Chicago, IL)
  • Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse (Dallas, TX)
  • Anderson Fair (Houston, TX)
  • Aten Place Barn Concerts (Boyne Falls, MI)
  • Walnut Valley Acoustic Music Festival (Winfield, KS)
  • Official Showcase Artist - FAR-West Folk Alliance Conference 2014 (Oakland, CA)
  • Official Showcase Artist - SWRFA Folk Alliance Conference 2014 (Austin, TX)
  • Official Showcase Artist - FARM Folk Alliance Conference 2013 (St. Louis, MO)
  • Official Showcase Artist - SERFA Folk Alliance Conference 2010 (Mountain View, AR)
  • Quad Showcase Artist - NERFA Folk Alliance Conference 2011 & 2013 (Kerhonkson, NY)
  • Florence Winter Folk Festival (Florence, OR)
  • Florence Summer Folk Festival (Florence, OR)
  • Adams Avenue Roots & Folk Festival (San Diego, CA)
  • Swallow Hill Harvest Fest (Denver, CO)
  • Woody Guthrie Folk Festival (Okemah, OK)
  • Albuquerque Folk Festival (Albuquerque, NM)
  • New Mexico State Fair (Albuquerque, NM)
  • Taste of Tippecanoe Music Festival (Lafayette, IN)
  • South Florida Folk Festival (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
  • Heartland Folks Fest (Leavenworth, KS)
  • Suwannee Springfest (Liveoak, FL)

 

DANIEL'S RADIO PLAY includes:

The album "These Houses" was on the first round GRAMMY Ballot under "Best Folk Album"

"Mama's Radio" from the album "These Houses" charted #3 Americana/Country Chart - Roots Radio Report - Fall 2016

The album "These Houses" chosen among the "Favorites of 2016" by Rich Warren / The Midnight Special

"Sleeping Dogs" chosen Top 10 Albums of 2014 by:

  • "Woody's Children" Host Bob Sherman - WFUV-FM;
  • "Four Strong Winds" Host John Rumsey - KVMR, Nevada City, CA;
  • "Radio Wayne" Host Wayne Greene - www.RadioWayne.com , TX

"Sleeping Dogs" charted #7 on the EuroAmericana Radio Chart - January 2014

"He Dreams" charted #130 on FOLK-DJ's Top 500 Albums of 2010

Car Talk

The Doctor Demento Show

The Midnight Special

and numerous spins and live appearances on folk format radio throughout the US, Europe, Israel & Australia