Bobby Boyd

Bobby Boyd
May 3, 1948 — June 22, 2017

Songwriter and performer Bobby Boyd passed away at his home in Spicewood, Texas, Thursday, June 22, 2017. Boyd was known for writing numerous hits, including the Garth Brooks No. 1 “Two fo a Kind, Workin' on a Full House,” Aaron Tippin's “Working Man's PhD,” as well as songs for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Earl Thomas Conley, Billy Dean, Martina McBride, Vern Gosdin, Patty Loveless and many more.
Bobby Boyd was a staff writer for Jimmy Bowen at Elektra Asylum Publishing, starting his professional songwriting career in Nashville in 1980. A native of Dunlap, Tennessee, Boyd began playing in his first band in Tennessee at the age of 12 called The Boyd Brothers. Bobby cut his teeth in the late 1960s and early 1970s performing residencies at a club called The Castaways in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Later in his career, Boyd relocated to Spicewood, Texas, just outside of Austin and near Willie Nelson's Luck ranch, and was well-known throuhgout the Austin music scene. Though he's mostly known for his country music contributions, Boyd also had a deep influences with the blues and R&B. Early in his career, he played shows opening for Little Richard, The Coasters and The Platters. After moving to the Austin area, he worked with artists such as Stephen Bruton and W.C. Clar, as well as the local country music talent.
Boyd was a regular performer at Poodie's Hilltop Roadhouse in Spicewood and other local clubs and honky tonks. Over his career he shared the stage with folks such as Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, Toby Keith, Pat Green Cory Morrow, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Dub Miller, Roger Creager and others.
He is survived by his wife, Cassondra Boyd of Spicewood; daughter, Melanie Neal of Dunlap, Tennessee; brothers, Gene Boyd, Billy Boyd, Eddie (Kathy) Boyd of Dunlap, Tennessee; sister Lana (Edward) Baker of Dunlap, Tennessee; grandchildren Andrew and Rebecca Boyd, Devin and Luther Neal of Dunlap, Tennessee; great-grandchildren Shayla and Jarrett Neal of Dunlap, Tennessee; uncle Carlos “Dank” Moore of Michigan; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elliott Howard and Ramah Moore Boyd; son Justin Boyd; brothers Jimmy Boyd and Terry “Jug” Boyd; four aunts and six uncles.
A memorial is being established and donations will be received at

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