Since 2000, he has made his home in the Tri-Cities, where he has taught voice, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and bass, both privately and at East Tennessee State University.
Boner and his band Dayspring will take the stage Friday, June 21 at Bluegrass on Broad. Show time is 7 p.m. on Broad Street in downtown Kingsport. Admission is free.
Boner 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 country-wide tours of Japan in 2005 and 2007.
Boner also appeared with Kunimoto on three albums, two DVDs and a nationally-televised episode of NHK-TV’s “Can You Speak English?”
Boner’s music can be heard on more than 50 recordings made 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.
Boner 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 Aug. 30, 2008 when Rhonda Vincent invited Boner to perform as a guest on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
Boner is currently director of East Tennessee State University’s 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.
Bluegrass on Broad continues Friday nights through Aug. 30.
For a complete schedule, visit www.twilightalive.com.