David Boye has criss-crossed many musical paths in his 30-plus years as a professional musician and composer. Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, he continues to perform in an eclectic variety of styles throughout Nebraska and the Midwest.
David traces his first musical impressions to the Peter, Paul, and Mary music coming from his older brother’s record player through the thin bedroom walls they shared growing up. After seeing The Beatles on television in 1964 and playing air guitar with a broom in his neighbor’s basement the next day in the air band they formed, there was no turning back. A few years later, since the fifth-grade band teacher wouldn’t let him into band playing guitar, he found the closest rock & roll instrument he could and started playing the saxophone. That continued through his days as a student at the University of Nebraska, where he received a minor in saxophone performance.
Throughout his professional career, the electric bass has been David’s main instrument of choice. He has performed throughout the United States with an assortment of roots and alternative rock bands including Charlie Burton and the Hiccups, The Swallows, Shithook, and others. He has performed with or opened for a large number of national acts, including the Replacements, The Smithereens, BR-547, Joan Jett, and Eric Burdon. His bands have been written about and reviewed in national and international publications including Billboard, Rolling Stone, Goldmine, Mojo, and Village Voice. Over the years he has had the privilege to have performed or toured with Bo Diddley, The Stone River Boys, Ernie Durawa (of the Texas Tornados), Billy Bacon, and others.
In 2007 David decided after standing on stage too close to one too many cymbal crashes he would change the focus of his playing and return to his early love of the acoustic guitar. He quickly reconnected to the early songs he learned as a teenager by the great fingerstyle artists like Merle Travis, Leo Kottke, and Davy Graham. He began to perform solo shows and in 2008 was invited by the National Park Service to serve as an Artist In Residence in North Cascades National Park, where he spent several weeks as a guest lecturer and performer. During this visit, he began work on a series of instrumental pieces. The result is his Prairie Dog Music release, “North Cascades Reflections” -- an eclectic mix of eight instrumental guitar pieces inspired by the acoustic folk and blues masters of the past with a nod to the modern influences of modern acoustic giants like Michael Hedges and Erik Mongrain.
Along with continuing to perform in a myriad of musical groups and styles, David maintains a full-time student roster of talented guitarists and bassists at three different studio locations in Lincoln who inspire him and continue to teach him much. He has taught at guitar clinics throughout the United States for the National Guitar Workshop and is a contributor to Workshoplive.com, an innovative online guitar learning community, and MelBay.com Bass Sessions.