A multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Daniel Boner began his musical career over twenty years ago in his home state of New Jersey. Since 2000 he has made his home in the Johnson City, TN area where he has taught voice, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and bass, both privately and at East Tennessee State University.
Daniel has made national and international concert tours of Italy, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Canada, England, and Scotland; performing at venues that include St. Peter’s Basilica, NATO Headquarters, the Smithsonian National Folklife Festival, and The White House. In 2004 he teamed up with bluegrass shamisen virtuoso, Takeharu Kunimoto, as a member of The Last Frontier. The band performed throughout the United States at notable venues such as CBGB’s and the 2006 SXSW Festival, and also on two countrywide tours of Japan in 2005 and 2007. Daniel appeared with Takeharu Kunimoto on three albums, two DVDs, and a nationally-televised episode of NHK-TV’s Can You Speak English?
Daniel’s music can be heard on more than fifty recordings since 1989, including his 2007 solo album, The Gospel Way, and his production of David Grindstaff’s Here and Now, which featured a number of IBMA and Grammy Award-winning artists. Daniel has performed onstage with many bluegrass and Grand Ole Opry stars including Ralph Stanley, Jesse McReynolds, Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, and the late Porter Wagoner. A career highlight came on August 30, 2008 when Rhonda Vincent invited Daniel to perform as a guest on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN.
Daniel is currently Director of the world renowned East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Program. Former students of this highly regarded institution include multi-award winning bluegrass artists Tim Stafford (Blue Highway), Barry Bales (Alison Krauss & Union Station), Adam Steffey (Dan Tyminski Band), Becky Buller (Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike), Hunter Berry (Rhonda Vincent & The Rage) and Country Music superstar, Kenny Chesney.