Folk Singer/Songwriter – C Daniel Boling
Daniel Boling is an evocative folksinger with a keen storyteller’s eye. His songs bring to life captivating characters from his life, family and friends; supported by finger-picked guitar and banjitar playing and an expressive tenor voice that perfectly portrays their emotions.
As an entertainer, he enjoys performing at clubs, concerts and other venues where original songwriting is valued. His music has drawn comparisons to John Denver and Pete Seeger; when audiences sing along it makes him most happy.
Early Life and Education
C. Daniel Boling spent years as both a park ranger and police detective before turning his full attention to music at age 50. Now part of iconic folk trio The Limeliters as well as touring extensively with The Kingston Trio and Brothers Four, his folk ballads often include intriguing characters while his clear tenor voice draws comparisons to Pete Seeger and John Denver.
He’s drawn to small venues, preferring house concerts as his performance environment of choice. He often performs solo acoustic sets but occasionally invites special guests. New Old Friends was recently released on Berkalin label after 2016 release These Houses was named one of Top 10 albums of the year by U.S. folk radio DJ’s.
C. Daniel Boling spent nearly thirty years protecting America’s natural resources as a Park Ranger and Criminal Investigator before returning to his first love: songwriting. Today he tours coast-to-coast performing over one hundred shows annually in house concerts, listening rooms, theatres and festivals around the globe.
His soothing tenor voice and finger-picked guitar and banjitar accompany his captivating stories about the characters who inhabit his songs, which draw from personal experiences and observations of life around him. Additionally, he regularly performs as a percussionist with orchestras, rock bands, Indian classical music ensembles and jazz groups.
He was honored with being selected one of the top ten albums by folk radio DJ’s across North America for 2016 for These Houses, an album which earned praise from DJs on folk radio stations across North America. Additionally, he is an active percussion instructor both privately and within classroom settings; possessing both a Bachelors and Doctoral of Musical Arts degrees from University of Michigan.
Achievement and Honors
Boling has won several New Folk awards at Kerrville (Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk winner and former park ranger), touring throughout North America with his original modern folk songs and stories. He appears at over 100 shows annually including house concerts, listening rooms and festivals (Kerrville, Winfield Woody Guthrie Walnut Valley etc).
His clear tenor draws comparisons with Pete Seeger and John Denver, encouraging audience sing-alongs. Accompanied by guitar, banjitar, frailed banjo and sometimes harmonica he creates an engaging musical experience for audiences.
The Old International is an outstanding follow-up to his previous release Sleeping Dogs. Produced by Jono Manson for Berkalin Records, this album provides a gentle journey into the realm of good singer-songwriters. Filled with captivating folk songs and stories woven throughout, The Old International comes highly recommended.
C. Daniel Boling was recently recognized with both Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Songwriter contest and Woody Guthrie Folk Festival awards for his unique blend of modern folk songs with traditional ballads from Americana music. He currently performs his show called “Songs My Daddy Loved”. C. Daniel Boling can often be found playing senior living communities playing “Songs My Daddy Loved”.
Attorney Madden of Madden Law Firm in Hancock County and has also worked as National Park Ranger and Criminal Investigator with public land management agencies.
Daniel is a Berkalin Records recording artist and has released eight albums. His latest offering, New Old Friends, includes 15 co-written by legendary folk songwriter Tom Paxton as well as Noel Paul Stookey from Peter, Paul and Mary (NOL Paul Stookey co-wrote one track) while touring across North America and overseas performing in house concerts, listening rooms, theatres and festivals yearly.
Boling has spent much of his adult life working in national parks as both Park Ranger and federal agent (the latter category being gun-toting agents that use gunfire to solve crimes in these natural environments), yet began touring full time at 50 as an amateur singer/folk musician with his wife Ellen as folk musician touring between 9-11 months annually with them both.
He enjoys a modest net worth due to the earnings from his career and music.
He prefers to keep his affairs and relationships private and does not appear on any social media platforms. At present, he resides at 1616 Jessamine Rd in Lexington SC 29073 since January 2021 – previously, he had resided at 114 Memory Ln and 207 Bridlewood Ct respectively.