Albuquerque folk singer C. Daniel Boling enjoys making studio albums but relishes the opportunity to put together a live recording.
He’s very excited about his upcoming live recording on March 10 at The Kitchen Sink Recording Studio when he teams up for the third time with Jono Manson to create his eight album.
“About one third of the songs are new, and a few are popular tunes from early albums that are no longer in print,” says Boling, the winner of the 2014 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition and other songwriting awards. “The new material is as varied as my catalogue in general. Several of my recent songs are inspired by the later stages of life.”
Boling says that while some of his songs are focused on social issues, he’s not a particularly political songwriter. “I don’t get on a soapbox,” he explains. “I perform all over the country and in Europe. I don’t want to alienate audience members.”
Above all else, he’s a storyteller who uses his guitar, banjitar (banjo/guitar hybrid) and harmonica to convey musings about life, unusual characters he encounters and love.
Boling has only been on the folk music circuit for 10 years. For close to three decades he worked as a national park ranger and a criminal investigator for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. While holding down full-time jobs, he wrote tunes and recorded three albums. After retiring at the age of 50, he began touring with his wife and road manager Ellen Boling.
“Ellen and I spent the first 300,000 miles on the road sleeping in a van,” he adds. “Now we have a larger and more comfortable van that’s much better to sleep in. When you’re traveling 10 or 11 months out of the year, a bigger sleeping space is so important.”
For the past 10 years, Boling also has enjoyed sharing the stage with musicians including Tom Chapin, Small Potatoes, Jack Williams, Tim Henderson and John Flynn.
Boling plays two live shows on March 10. The album will be drawn from these two in-studio concerts. Seating for each concert is limited.