Dirty South Blues

by Robert Connely Farr & the Rebeltone Boys




Press Release

Album Credits:

Produced by Leeroy Stagger

Engineered by Michael Ayotte

Recorded at The Rebeltone Ranch in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Mastered 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 Nehemiah “Skip” James

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




“as a lyricist, Farr has a John Prine approach… as a singer, suggestions of another Southern Vocalist, Gregg Allman, come across… this is blues that originated in Mississippi.”


“…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 blast

“Building on what he learned from (Jimmy) “Duck” Holmes, Robert Connely Farr amps up the Bentonia style, retaining the music’s haunting qualities… It may be a return to the roots, and certainly reaches down into the darker aspects of the human condition.”

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

with comparisones to Lou Reed, Gregg Allman & The Rolling Sotnes, Blues Magazine said “impressive album, which will be appreciated by lovers of Southern rock & Americana as well as blues rock.”

blues matters #105

“marvellous little gem of an album… well worth looking into”


“killer stuff from a guy born & raised in Bolton, Mississippi…” (5 out of 6 stars)

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…”


“It has always been the humanity on display, that is what the blues is - wearing your heart on your sleeve. And these boys can hold their own with the best of them.”

ear to the ground music

“wreck your soul” blues

elmore magazine

With comparisons to Springsteen’s “Nebraska”, Elmore gives “Dirty South Blues” an 89 rating, describing the album as “completely authentic... sinks it's claws in deep...gruffly confronts racism in the South head on with Farr’s refreshing candor & tough determination... If the Drive-By Truckers ever pulled off the road for good, Farr could get behind the wheel of that rig.”


(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…”

il blues mag (italy)

“For those who love the real blues, this album is like sippin’ the best outlaw Moonshine!”

indie shuffle

“My bet is this blues rock sound is going to come creeping into the spotlight again, and Robert Connely Farr & The Rebeltone Boys are poised to be God-worshipped quadrillionaires when that happens. ”

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…”

live mint

“…excellent tracks: sweaty raw blues just the way they were meant to be sung. Listening to his songs feels like you’re sitting on a porch in rural Mississippi as the band plays an impromptu gig.”


Dirty South Blues bleeds like the fingers of a farmhand, drenched in seat & baked by the sun”


“4 out of 4 star rating - “DIRTY SOUTH BLUES is very convincing... Farr, best known for the Canadian Blues band Mississippi Live & The Dirty Dirty, brings an authenticity that (some) can only dream of”

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…”

“…the gems continue to follow each other… It is Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, born in 1947, to honor that he took care of Connely & mentored him in this exceptional blues style where it is as if you see the ghosts of the Mississippi Sheiks, Charley Patton and Skip James.”

santa rosa records

“As Farr attempts to reconcile some of the more controversial elements of his beloved homeland, he must first face his own demon…”

soul bag (france)

“When you listen to “Dirty South Blues", you think of those ballads that put you in the skin of a man covered in the blood of his loved one. Uncomfortable posture, which forces us to realize our intimate complicity with the narrator. Farr talks about racial and economic violence, but the approach is close. He tells a South falsely asleep and detached from his story, ready to bite to death. "You better watch your back, boy.” These threats float in the air, a pollution that sticks to the hair, from which neither the singer nor the listener can easily detach themselves. By assuming this unease, Farr gives himself the means to be freer than many other followers of the bluesmen of the South. We find the hypnotic sound of Bentonia, of which Farr is a continuator through Jimmy "Duck" Holmes. The nappes of guitar and organ come to weave progressively oppressive knots, echoes of the difficulty to come out of the southern stagnation. An original sound and linked to the tradition of which he claims: to dive in the stagnant waters to finally breathe freely.” Benoit Gautier

sounds of south

“…a conceptually independent work…”

toronto blues society

“…a most impressive album…”

track record #39

“good fucking music, good drinking music… bad day-hate the world music, the kind of music you want to pour a drink, light a cigar & sit on your porch & yell at kids to get off your lawn…”


“Robert Connely Farr brings the gritty, southern Mississippi blues to new levels with his latest cd, Dirty South Blues” - Debbie Salmonsen


"A wild and authentic album in which one glimpses some old ghosts of what the blues of the Delta knew better! Real "Dirty South Blues" as we like it ..."


other albums by robert connely farr:


The Heatley

with Johnny Wakeham

November 9th


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.