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ROBERT CONNELY FARR & THE REBELTONE BOYS DIRTY SOUTH BLUES The high­est com­pli­ment one might pay Dirty South Blues is by ask­ing the ques­tion “Where the hell does Robert Connely Farr think he’s from?” His mail­ing ad­dress reads some­where in Van­cou­ver’s

East Vil­lage, but god­damn if his third full-length doesn’t sound 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 world­weary vo­cals—all an­chored by gut­bucket bass and drums.

How can one West Coast white guy sound so au­then­tic? Turns out that Farr was born and raised in Bolton, Mis­sis­sippi, his ob­ses­sion with get­ting the blues right ev­i­dently a life­long en­deav­our; last year he stud­ied with Ben­to­nia, Mis­sis­sippi, le­gend Jimmy “Duck” Holmes (whose swag­ger­ing “Just Jive” he up­dates here). Backed by his Rebeltone Boys, Farr sweats like Satur­day af­ter­noon at the road­house on “Blue Front Cafe”, turns the spot­light on Amer­ica’s trou­bled past with the emo­tion­ally charged “Mag­no­lia”, and takes things down to an opi­ated crawl with “Lady Heroin”. No mat­ter how he’s play­ing things on Dirty South Blues— hang­ing in the moon­shine shed, or kick­ing back on the porch— this is blues at its realest and rawest. Postal codes be damned— some­times you don’t have to leave town to dis­cover the scar­ily au­then­tic real deal.

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