“It’s blues, just heavier”
That’s how the Kentucky slide guitar wizard describes his sound.
Western Kentucky has a rich history of unique and groundbreaking music that has contributed greatly to our nation’s musical heritage over the years. This diverse collection of work has directly or indirectly influenced generations of highly skilled musicians and helped them create their own path in music. Today, Boscoe France of Madisonville Kentucky keeps the tradition alive and well with an unreal level of talent and a connection with the guitar that’s almost indescribable. This Kentucky firebrand stands barefoot on stage, playing with the skill and talent of a master musician fused with the intensity of a bare-knuckled brawler. Boscoe France’s unique musical style is an awe-inspiring alchemy of blues, rock, country, and a little bit of soul into powerfully original approach.
A truly unique sound, this Kentucky virtuoso began learning the guitar at the age of three from his Uncle Duke and began playing with their family band.
By age eleven the guitarist was playing slide guitar all over the western Kentucky and southern Indiana. After high school Boscoe moved to Nashville, where he toured with many successful national acts.
In 2006 the western Kentucky native returned to Madisonville to take a break from touring and focus on family and his own band.
In 2009 The Boscoe France Band was born. The band was an opportunity for the guitarist to do all the vocals. What resulted was a power-trio.
In 2012 Boscoe took top prize in the National Guitar Center King Of The Blues Challenge. Later that same year he recorded an E.P. with Grammy award winning producer Pete Anderson.
2013 would provide the thrill of a lifetime when Boscoe received The King’s approval when he was asked to open for and later be called out on the stage by Mr. B.B. King. It would also the first year The Boscoe France band would be semi-finalist in The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. An accomplishment they would repeat in 2014.
2015 Shoeless Blues: The Journey of Boscoe France appeared nationally on PBS and is still airing around the country.
Today, Boscoe is playing festivals across the United States as well playing sessions for others and finishing his own recordings.