Robert Boury's father, Michael Boury, along with his uncles, managed the Elby's restaurant chain, with Michael overseeing the commissary. His mother, Pearl Mickey, was a stay-at-home mother who had a talent for playing the piano with a beautiful touch.
Boury played a key role in the Ragtime revival of the late 1960s. He has composed various instrumental works in different genres, including piano pieces, art songs, comic opera, choral works, ragtime compositions, and orchestral pieces. Boury is a professor of music at the University of Arkansas and actively participates in musical events while also teaching. His compositions have been performed nationally and internationally. (https://rb.gy/empoh)