Dirty South Blues

by Robert Connely Farr & the Rebeltone Boys




Press Release


Recorded & Produced by Leeroy Stagger at The Rebeltone Ranch in Lethbridge, Alberta

Mixed by Jon Wood (Flophouse JR) in Vancouver, BC

The Rebeltone Boys are:
Evan Ushenko - Lead Guitar
Tyson Maiko - Bass
Kyle Harmon - Drums
Michael Ayotte - Keys

released October 2018

All songs written by Robert Connely Farr except :
Just Jive Blues - written by Jimmy "Duck" Holmes & Robert Connely Farr
Hard Time Killin Floor Blues - written by Skip James

Robert Connely Farr also heads up Vancouver, Canada based Southern Rockers Mississippi Live & the Dirty Dirty


January 19, 2018

Vancouver, BC - The Wise Hall - w/ R.D. Cane opening for Trailerhawk

February 03, 2018

Vancouver, BC - The Portside Pub - Live Acts Acoustic Songwriters Night

April 13, 2018

Bowen Island, BC - The Legion - opening for The Cave Singers 




“…an album you simply must hear, mentored by the last of the Bentonia bluesmen, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Farr & company have created a masterpiece.”


“…may have been recorded north of the borderline, but its roots hold strong in the swamplands…”


“You surely don’t have to be an ardent blues fan to dig Dirty South Blues. Not only does it carry a smooth vibe & beautiful tunes, it’s also quite a lyrically engaging project.”

blues highway us 61

“…a remarkable collection of deep rooted Blues, that is surely going to be a classic…”

blues in the south

“the sound is sparse and eerie, with Bentonia’s minor keyed style well in in evidence… (Farr is) unafraid to speak his mind… Definitely recommended.”

blues magazine

“impressive album, which will be appreciated by lovers of Southern rock and Americana as well as blues rock.”

b-sides & badlands

“Robert Connely Farr, backed by an esteemed group of players known as the Rebeltone Boys, engages the senses & relinquishes a rootsy, front-porch-picked romper called “Ode to the Lonesome,” igniting his latest record, Dirty South Blues, with sheer ferocity.”

cashbox magazine

“…a significant piece of work…”


(Dirty South Blues) …conjures up The Band at their finest… Strong songs, fine voice & great ensemble playing, all beautifully recorded. 'Dirty South Blues' is a very good album indeed.”

georgia straight

(ALBUM OF THE WEEK) “…sound(s) like the work of someone raised in the muddy fields of America’s Deep South. We’re talking a triumphant mix of swamp-sick guitars, swirling Muscle Shoals organ, and world-weary vocals—all anchored by gutbucket bass and drums. …this is blues at it’s realest & rawest.”


“…blues like they did back in the days - & a bit like Dan Auerbach has put his mark on it…”

kick ass indie jams

“Grab yourself a fine cigar, some whiskey, pull up a chair and let this brother take you deep inside the gritty Mississippi blues!”


“…Connely is a true treasure of an artist… lightning in a bottle…”

post to wire

“…highly accomplished release… spirited & tough, built on great songwriting & a voice that’s built to sing the blues… think The Band, Drive-By Truckers & Lucero.”

pure sound radio

(ALBUM OF THE WEEK) “…The album (Dirty South Blues) characterizes the blues, while giving… a Southern touch. …exciting because it rarely occurs in such consistent form.”

roots highway

“…when in the wake of a tradition that perhaps the Americans have learned more from the British, (Farr) returns home & does not miss the passage of witness, approaching with great respect to the lesson of Jimmy "Duck" Holmes…”

sounds of south

“…a conceptually independent work…”


left bank mag

thanks to Kristyn Potter & Left Bank Magazine for including us on thier Sounds x Family-Friendly Playlist

b sides and badlands

blues show on bishop fm

digital blues

blues highway us 61


12 bar ramblin’ - ep #33

sa blues podcast #313






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.