Hailing from the hometown of Mississippi Fred McDowell, R.L. Boyce of Como is one of the leading torchbearers of the north Mississippi hill country's blues tradition. As a guitarist, he follows in the footsteps of R.L. Burnside and John Lee Hooker, but Boyce got his start on drums behind two titans of Mississippi's fife and drum blues tradition, Otha Turner and Napolian Strickland. He's also backed Jessie Mae Hemphill on her 1990 "Feelin' Good" LP. In 2007 Boyce recorded his debut solo album, "Ain't the Man's Alright," with a cast of luminaries including Cedric Burnside, Luther Dickinson, Calvin Jackson, and Lightnin' Malcolm. Having learned the blues at the feet of the north Mississippi legends, Boyce is now a must-see elder statesman.