R.L. Boyce

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R.L. Boyce
Birth nameR.L. Boyce
Born (1955-08-15) August 15, 1955 (age 66)
Como, Mississippi, United States
GenresBlues, Hill country blues, garage rock
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1960s–Present

R.L. Boyce (born August 15, 1955) is an American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist born and raised in Como, Mississippi, United States.[1]

He is a protege of Hill country blues musicians including R L Burnside, and Mississippi Fred McDowell.[2]

Boyce began his career in the early 1960s playing drums for his uncle, the fife and drum performer Othar Turner.[3] Later he was the drummer for Jessie Mae Hemphill and is heard on her 1990 album, Feelin' Good.

His debut album, Ain't the Man's Alright was released when he was 52 years old, and featured musicians including Cedric Burnside, Luther Dickinson, and Calvin Jackson.[4]

His second album release, Roll and Tumble was released on September 8, 2017, on Waxploitation Records. The album included the father and son double drumming team of Cedric Burnside (R.L. Burnside's drummer and grandson) and Calvin Jackson. The album was produced by Luther Dickinson of The Black Crowes and North Mississippi Allstars fame, and David Katznelson.[5]

The cover of Roll and Tumble is a portrait of R.L. Boyce, painted by the contemporary artist James Jean.[6]

Studio albums[edit]

Documentaries featuring Boyce[edit]

  • Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey (2003) featured the song "Shortnin'/ Henduck Traditional" by Otha Turner which included Boyce on bass and snare drums.[7]
  • M for Mississippi (2008) included an interview with Boyce[8]
  • Moonshine & Mojo Hands (2014) included an interview with Boyce[9]
  • I Am The Blues (2015) included a performance by Boyce[10]


  1. ^ "3X3: RL BOYCE ON FRED MCDOWELL, FEATHER PILLOWS, AND FRUITS AS VEGETABLES". The Bluegrass Situation. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  2. ^ "C&L's Late Nite Music Club With R.L. Boyce". Crooks and Liars. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  3. ^ "The Line of Best Fit". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  5. ^ "R.L. Boyce Official Bio". Waxploitation.com. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  6. ^ "James Jean Instagram". James Jean Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-26. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  7. ^ "R.L. Boyce - Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  8. ^ "IMDB". IMDB.com. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  9. ^ "IMDB". IMDb.com. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  10. ^ "'I Am the Blues': Film Review". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 31 October 2017.

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