David Boye is a musician, composer and educator from Lincoln, Nebraska. He has crisscrossed many musical paths in his 30-plus years as a bassist, guitarist, saxophonist and songwriter. He has performed an eclectic variety of music styles in new age, rock, blues, classical and jazz groups throughout the midwest and nationally.
For much of the first several years of his professional career, the electric bass and electric guitar were David’s main instruments of choice. He has recorded and performed throughout the United States with an assortment of indie roots, blues, and alternative rock bands including S***hook, Charlie Burton and the Hiccups, Murali Coryell, Floating Opera and others. He has opened for or been co-billed with many legendary national acts, including the Replacements, The Smithereens, BR-549, Joan Jett, REO Speedwagon and Eric Burdon. His bands have been written about or reviewed in national and international publications including Billboard, Rolling Stone, Goldmine, Mojo, and Village Voice. Among the musicians he has had the privilege to have performed or toured with include Bo Diddley, The Stone River Boys, Popa Chubby, James Harman, Magic Slim and Ernie Durawa (of the Texas Tornados).
In 2007 he returned to one of his first music loves, solo fingerstyle instrumental acoustic guitar. Inspired by guitar pioneers like Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges, Davy Graham and others he began to write original pieces for solo guitar, employing features like alternate tunings, percussive techniques on the guitar, and live multi tracked “looping”.
He was accepted as an Artist In Residence at North Cascades National Park in 2008 which was the start of a personal passion of exploring and creating sounds that evoke the infinite wonders of the wilderness of the National Parks and the west. He has also served as an Artist In Residence at Rocky Mountain National Park and Homestead National Monument. The results of these residencies are evocative and uplifting pieces that elicit the calm splendor of the beautiful vistas and wide open spaces of the great American outdoors.
His most recent CD “Contemplation: Rocky Mountain National Park” consists of songs written while doing a two week residency in the William Allen White cabin overlooking Moraine Park and the east range of the Rocky Mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park.
In 2017 he was invited by several National Parks and Monuments through a four state region to perform selections from the music he composed during his residencies. During a three week period in August he appeared at Great Sand Dunes National Park, Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Badlands National Park, Colorado National Monument and others. In a well received performance/discussion program he described his residency experiences, explained the influence the natural environment of the Parks has had on his music, described various composing and recording techniques he used to capture the locations and elaborated on the benefits to the creative process a residency can have for an artist.
He did a similar tour over a six week period in 2018 and was able to share his music in places like Grand Teton National Park, Bighorn Canyon N.R.A., Rocky Mountain National Park, Arches National Park and many others performing in park amphitheaters, visitor centers, marinas, and restaurants in a perfect harmonious matching of sight and sound. His expressive and haunting music framed by some of the most vivid vistas in America was a treasure for performer and listener alike.
He is preparing an even more comprehensive and ambitions tour of the western United States park lands in the summer of 2019 which will include day long music seminars at Point Reyes National Seashore and North Cascades National Park.
Along with continuing to perform in a myriad of musical groups and styles throughout the midwest, David maintains a full-time student roster of talented guitarists and bassists at two different studio locations in Lincoln who inspire him and continue to teach him much. He serves as an adjunct instructor of guitar at Doane University, has taught at guitar clinics throughout the United States for the National Guitar Workshop and Camp Jam, and was a contributor to Workshoplive.com, an early innovative online guitar learning community.