C. Daniel Boling
"One of the most talented songwriters on the circuit!"– Donna & Kelly / Still on the Hill
"Daniel's guitar playing is exquisite and his vocals are particularly good."– Singer/Songwriter Steve Gillette
“One of my favorite songwriters.”- Legendary Texas Songwriter Tim Henderson
Sharing experiences from a life well-lived in places as far ranging as Okinawa, Japan, and Padre Island, Texas, this balladeer/songwriter with the friendly tenor brings his well-crafted story songs to lucky audiences coast-to-coast in over one hundred shows a year, from house concerts to festivals (Winfield, Woody Guthrie, etc.) 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, and he started touring at 50, an age when most guys are planning their retirement. He’s got six albums, including the brand new Sleeping Dogs, produced by Jono Manson and released at the end of 2013 on Berkalin Records.
Songs on his new CD include wonderful musicians and great stories about a variety of characters, including himself. In “Moderation,” he tells us, “One small step starts an ugly trend because moderation is not my friend.” Toward the end, even his mama is telling him that, and Daniel confides that he gets through with the help of “Friends of Bill W.” He plays the banjitar here (a banjo/guitar hybrid) and a guitar on other songs, with a deft fingerpicking style that always enhances the stories.
The title cut is a story of self-discovery and the “moments of the past that won’t stay gone.” He turns to the whimsical for “Hooked.” You think he’s singing about fishing – “Stink bait dough squished on a hook / You’ve got to know just how attractive that must look / To an old catfish down in the mud” – but then you realize it’s a love song exemplifying that old adage, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” The merry accompaniment includes a fun tuba played by Freebo (Bonnie Raitt’s longtime bassist).
There’s another great tale in “Nobody’s Business,” but perhaps not one you’d expect from a guy married to the same woman for 30 years. When he gets to the chorus in this poignant story, it becomes clear: “Marriage is two people in love / Marriage is two hearts holding hands.” In a tender and thoughtful way he links same-sex marriage to the bans in the past on interracial marriages. In “Pontificating Paradox,” we hear from everyone from “the Holy Squirrel of Chapel Rock” to an old agnostic troubadour. This song is presented simply, with only his guitar and vocal – philosophy this poignant doesn’t need a huge band.
"Someday" is a Pete Seeger-like call and response anthem that starts out with only the banjitar and builds to a rousing room full of voices. The album closes with beautiful harmonies and cello accompanying the contemplative “Summer Sweetcorn,” ostensibly about the passing of the seasons, but really a metaphor for how we pass through the years.
Daniel’s personable stage presence and intriguing backstories keep his performances engaging. There’s a lot of Steve Goodman in his delivery and storytelling. You can also hear other classic folk singers like Tom Paxton and John Prine. It’s no surprise that the great Appalachian folk singer Jean Ritchie is a distant cousin. He’s had the pleasure to share the stage with Tom Chapin, Small Potatoes, Jack Williams, Tim Henderson and many more. He’s won numerous songwriting awards including the Walnut Valley Festival, Santa Fe bluegrass and Old Time Festival, Albuquerque Folk Festival, and Woody Guthrie Folk Festival and has played juried showcases at the Southeast, Northeast and Midwest conferences of the International Folk Alliance.
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, you’ll love Daniel’s.
C. Daniel Boling
PERFECTLY STABLE MUSIC
P.O. Box 53122
Albuquerque, NM 87153
Represented by Charlie Stewart
Handshake Management - Austin, TX
www.sonicbids.com/cdanielboling (Electronic Press Kit)
BERKALIN RECORDS Recording Artist -www.berkalinrecords.com
(AFM Local 1000 Western Representative/ASCAP/FAI/CIYH)
*2007 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriter Contest Winner
*2010 Walnut Valley Acoustic Music Festival Songwriter Contest Winner in Two Categories
*2010 SouthEast Regional Folk Alliance Conference - Official Showcase Artist
*2010 FolkDJ Top 500 Albums - #130
*2011 NorthEast Regional Folk Alliance Conference - Quad Showcase Artist
*2012 Santa Fe Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival Songwriter Contest Winner
*2012 Folk Alliance Region Midwest Conference - Folk DJ Invitational Showcase Artist
*2013 Folk Alliance Region Midwest Conference - Official Showcase Artist
*2013 NorthEast Regional Folk Alliance Conference - Quad Showcase Artist
*2014 South Florida Folk Festival - Songwriter Contest Finalist
*2014 EuroAmericana Radio Chart - TOP TEN for January
*2014 Rich Warren “Pick” Album - "Midnight Special" WFMT/Chicago