Growing up in Como, Mississippi, R.L. Boyce was exposed to country music at an early age with backyard romps where all styles of music melted together from everyone and anyone who had an instrument to play. Boyce’s brand of blues is classified as ‘Hill Country Blues’ as he developed his own style after drumming for Ortha Turner and Napolian Strickland. He released his first solo album in 2007 titled, Ain’t the Man’s Alright and is back in 20017 with his latest release, Roll and Tumble. Known for his loose style of playing, Boyce does not rehearse nor goes through set lists during his live shows. He shoots from the hip and capitalizes on a good riff when one presents itself and at the Echo during the Roots Roadhouse showcase, Boyce did just that.
Starting off his set with the glorious track, “Been Around the World,” Boyce brought ‘cool’ to the L.A. crowd looking for that sweet soul music. Beloved by everyone in the room, Boyce was a professional behind the mic wasting no time in between tracks. Boyce sat on a folding chair during his set and made no fuss about it and did what he does best. He frequently checked in with this guitarist and drummer making sure they were still with him on the fearless journey through the back roads on his blues excursion. The crowd ignited the dance floor as the track “R.L.’s Boogie” took some of that moonshine essence and kept the audience amped with the groovy bass and drum riffs.
R.L. Boyce’s latest release Roll and Tumble is out now with a few more tour dates schedule for 2017. Check out his page for info. R.L. Boyce’s live shows are not to be missed.