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 (Woody Guthrie, Walnut Valley, 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. He started touring at 50, when most guys are planning their retirement.
Most recently, Daniel was chosen as one of the 2014 WINNERS of the Grassy Hill New Folk performing songwriter competitions held annually at the Kerrville Folk Festival in the Texas Hill Country! Rockin’ Box 33 welcomes Daniel fresh from the New Folk Winners Tour.
Daniel’s 6th album Sleeping Dogs was produced by Jono Manson and released at the end of 2013 on Berkalin Records. The record has been garnering praise and radio play throughout Europe, the UK and the US, including:
Top 10 ? Euro Americana Chart
Rich Warren “Pick” Album ? “Midnight Special” WFMT Chicago
Reviewer Per Wiker of the Swedish online magazine Obladoo describes some of the songs on Sleeping Dogs this way. “On ‘Unraveled’, he talks to his mother about how it was for the family without her when she disappeared. Very strong. On ‘As Young as Your Kiss’ he turns to his wife as they have throughout the years: ‘Love me forever and hold me right now / Gather our memories like this / I know we’ll never be old anyhow / Anytime we reminisce / I’ll be as young as your kiss.’ The title track is about all those things you dwell on and ponder, even though it doesn’t help anything and you know it doesn’t; small injustices and things one would have said or done differently: ‘I’ve been saving up things to blame myself about / Late at night they clamor in my mind.’ ‘Never Speak to Me Again’ is sung to the son he has just quarreled with – leading to a fine meditation on life and unconditional love. The recognition factor is high. ‘Hooked’ is disguised as a fish story that is probably really about love, and ‘It’s His Voice She Hears’ is a very touching song of a woman losing her husband after fifty years and all that entails. Perhaps the best moment is the angry ‘Dark Secrets’- a song that speaks to those people who open up too much to their friends, with the only goal being to numb their own shame and guilt.”
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 Daniel’s 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.
Other well-known artists joining Daniel on this recording include 2-Bit Palomino (Texas Vocal Group of the Year 2011 & 2013 – Bill Ward and Andi & Ren Renfree), Freebo (Bonnie Raitt’s longtime bassist), and Producer Jono Manson.
“… one of the most talented songwriters on the circuit!”
Kelly & Donna / Still on the Hill
“One of my favorite songwriters.”
Legendary Texas Songwriter Tim Henderson
“Daniel’s guitar playing is exquisite and his vocals are particularly good.”
“…the lyrics are very strong and musically I think a little of Steve Goodman in the fine guitar playing and that Boling has an equally gentle, kind and beautiful voice.”
Per Wiker – Obladoo Web Magazine – Sweden