Boykin's father was in the military and was moved around the country during Tim's childhood. He taught himself to play a guitar his mother bought him for his 12th birthday. After finding his niche as a teenager in the North Carolina mountains he moved back to Birmingham. While at Berry High School he formed a band called the Dead End Kids and then joined the Ether Dogs, which played The Cavern on Morris Avenue.
After graduating in 1984 Boykin joined with Brad Quinn and Mark Reynolds to form Carnival Season. The group recorded demo tracks for MCA Records and eventually signed with What Goes On, a UK label that also represented the Primitons. Tommy Keene produced their only full-length album, Waiting for No One, which was released in 1987.
After leaving that group he toured with the heavy metal band Barking Tribe. Soon he began writing his own music and created the group Pinky the Stabber and then the Shame Idols, which released two albums on Frontier Records in 1995 and 1997. He also performed locally with Topper Price & the Upsetters and formed his own Tim Boykin Blues Band.
When the Shame Idols broke up, Boykin continued recording the songs he was writing as The Lolas for a few years. Boykin went on to play with Annexed Asylum before forming his own H. P. Lovecraft-inspired heavy metal band, Throng of Shoggoths. He also backs up blues singer Shar Baby and has recorded with her at his home studio, Bushido Sound.
- Reynolds, Ed (April 14, 2011) "String Plucker". Black & White
- Tim Boykin website