2014 Winner of the prestigious Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk songwriter contest, Daniel shares experiences from a life well-lived in places as far-ranging as Japan, Okinawa, and Padre Island, Texas. With his well-crafted story songs and friendly tenor this balladeer /songwriter delights audiences coast-to-coast 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 -- the most recent, THESE HOUSES, was produced by Jono Manson and released April of 2016 on the Berkalin Records songwriter label.

Daniel’s songs tell interesting stories about a variety of unusual 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!

Daniel has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Tom Chapin, Small Potatoes, Jack Williams, Tim Henderson, John Flynn and many more. He’s won numerous songwriting awards including Walnut Valley Festival, Santa Fe bluegrass and Old Time Festival, Albuquerque Folk Festival, Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, and the granddaddy of them all – the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Songwriter Award.

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.



Daniel is an award-winning songwriter (Kerrville Folk Festival - New Folk, Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, Walnut Valley Acoustic Music Festival and more) based in New Mexico, USA. Daniel will present a workshop on songwriting including tips for beginners, Q&A for all levels and song critiques - if time permits.



12:30pm, Monday 31st

3:30 Tuesday 1st

Daniel’s songs are filled with sweet imagery and infallible word craft, and his live performances bring another dimension of energy and charm.
— Steve Gillette (Singer/Songwriter)