Last Minute Folk favorite Dan Boling will return to Topeka on November 12th to help us celebrate our move to the gallery space of the historic Jayhawk State Theatre, 720 SW Jackson in downtown Topeka. The show will start with opening act Topeka’s own Pastense bluegrass band at at 7pm.
Doors open at 6:30pm. Pastense opens at 7pm and Dan will take the stage at 7:45pm. Tickets will be $20 for adults, $10 for students with ID. Ticket six-packs available for $100 with savings of $6 per ticket.
2014 WINNER – NEW FOLK songwriter contest, Kerrville Folk Festival
“Daniel’s guitar playing is exquisite and his vocals are particularly good.”
– Steve Gillette
“A creative, entertaining singer-songwriter who can stand up to the best in the business. … clever, insightful lyrics and lovely melodies… His live show is entertaining from beginning to end, with songs ranging from serious to totally hilarious. I recommend him highly!”
– Linda Bolton / Booking Agent for David Mallett
“Every once in a while, a songwriter comes along whose lyrics make me perk up my ears and listen. Daniel Boling is one of those great discoveries. His lyrics, his music, his sensitivity to not only everyday life but also the ways of the world make him an extraordinary singer-songwriter. I could listen to him for hours.”
– Wanda Fischer, The Hudson River Sampler, WAMC-FM, Albany, NY
2014 Winner of the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk songwriter contest, Daniel shares 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 happy audiences coast-to-coast and in Europe 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 including These Houses produced by Jono Manson and released April of 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/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 Kerrville New Folk, Walnut Valley Festival, Santa Fe bluegrass and Old Time Festival, Albuquerque Folk Festival, and Woody Guthrie Folk.
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.