Ric Boyer was born in 1946 into a family of musicians, and even at a young age, his musical ability and passion for music was apparent. When he was 11 years old, Ric was asked to fill in as a guitar player for a local teenage band with his older brother, Jimmy. Although he had very little experience on any musical instrument, Ric borrowed a guitar and practiced relentlessly, making his public debut as a musician with the band at age eleven. Ric’s love of music was already beginning to blossom, and he saved up enough money to buy his first Gibson electric guitar when he was 12 years old. As teenagers, Ric and Jimmy Boyer played in several bands with their friends, performing at dances in Ste. Genevieve and the surrounding towns.
Not long after graduating from Ste. Genevieve High School in 1964, Mr. Boyer made the decision to follow his dream of becoming a professional musician and left Ste. Genevieve for Nashville, Tennessee. Ric began to make musical connections in Nashville, and together with his brother Jimmy, who was already recording in Nashville with various bands, formed a band that began playing in Peoria, Illinois, in the late 1960s. After returning to Nashville, in the mid-1970s, the Boyer brothers found themselves playing together again - this time with The Billy Swan Band with Ric on bass guitar and Jimmy on drums. They went on tour performing both nationally and internationally with the Billy Swan Band at the height of the band’s success following the 1974 release of Swan’s hit "I Can Help", which reached No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 100 country list and the Billboard Top 100 Hot list in the US.
After touring with the Billy Swan Band, Ric returned to Nashville. He soon found the opportunity to audition for the popular country band and television variety show hosts, Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters. Ric was hired as the bass guitar player for the band and fell in love with the drummer, Irene Mandrell. They were soon married.
After playing in the Barbara Mandrell Band, Mr. Boyer would go on to play bass guitar on a national tour with country music star Eddie Rabbit during the height of Eddie Rabbit’s success.
Ric Boyer returned to Nashville, and continued to perform in the recording studio and in live performances. In addition to playing bass guitar, he taught himself to play steel guitar and soon became an outstanding steel guitar player. Ric’s talent and ambition allowed him to play music and record with many legendary country music stars, including such famous artists as George Jones, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Charlie Pride, Tammy Wynette, Porter Wagner, Charlie Louvin, Jack Greene, Charlie McCoy, Little Jimmy Dickens, Billy Walker, Stonewall Jackson, and countless other stars of country music.
Mr. Boyer not only achieved his dreams of being a professional musician, but later in his life he found success in other aspects of the arts and entertainment business. His interest in photography led him to begin to do small jobs for his friends, and eventually his talent as a photographer would lead to him to begin a business as a professional photographer. Now his works can be seen on album covers, in books and calendars, and on the walls of recording studios and numerous entertainment businesses in the Nashville area. Mr. Boyer also has written a collection of children’s poems. Additionally, Ric Boyer has become an outstanding visual artist, painter, carpenter, designer, and music producer.
Ric Boyer continues to live in Nashville playing live shows and recording with various Nashville artists, producing records for other artists, writing new music, and pursuing his other interests as a visual artist. He remains a humble and modest person.