Singer-songwriter Robert Connely Farr grew up in the small southern town of Bolton, Mississippi, home town of Charley Patton & The Mississippi Sheiks. Connely currently resides in Vancouver, Canada where he also heads up the alt-country / Southern rockers Mississippi Live & the Dirty Dirty
In 2017, Connely met Mississippi blues icon Jimmy “Duck” Holmes in Bentonia, Mississippi, just miles from where Connely grew up. They immediately struck up a friendship & since then, Jimmy has been mentoring Connely in the Bentonia Style of the blues, a style that Holmes learned directly from Henry Stuckey, who taught Skip James & Jack Owens.
In early 2018, Connely teamed up with Canadian producer & acclaimed songwriter Leeroy Stagger to record an album of the songs written during this mentorship titled “Dirty South Blues” (Robert Connely Farr & the Rebeltone Boys). Released in October 2018, Dirty South Blues includes 10 songs, 8 that were written by Farr. ‘Just Jive’, a song that Jimmy “Duck” Holmes wrote in ’81 & was almost lost forever – is a co-write with Robert Connely Farr & Jimmy “Duck” Holmes. Farr also pays homage to the roots of this album by covering Skip James’ ‘Hard Time Killin Floor Blues’. Songs like ‘Magnolia’ & ‘Dirty South Blues’ are Farr’s attempt to reconcile / question some of the more controversial elements of the South, such as the rebel flag & pockets of racism that he witnessed growing up.