Ten Questions With Robert Connely Farr
Singer / Songwriter Robert Connely Farr released one of the best albums last year, it's called Country Supper and you can have a read of what we thought of it right HERE.
We managed to catch up with Robert and put our Ten Question to him, here is what he had to say.
Who are you?
I’m a songwriter from Bolton, Mississippi . I live in EastVan (Vancouver) BC currently. My music is rooted in the Bentonia Style of the Delta Blues - as taught to me by my friend Jimmy “Duck“ Holmes
What inspires you?
My home inspires me. Like I said, I’m from Bolton, Mississippi - hometown for some legends - Charley Patton was from there & Sam Chatmon & Bo Carter & Walter Vincent.
And then I met Jimmy “Duck” Holmes a few years back. He flipped the script so to speak. He challenged me to find the music of my home - not just to emulate him - but to take what he teaches me and make it my thing - and to go teach others that want to learn the Bentonia Blues.
How do you go about writing?
I don’t really - I let it come to me - I know that might sound crazy but I don’t really sit down to write songs. I play and record everything and - eventually - songs come out. Lately they’ve been coming out in the amount of time it takes to play them - so it’s kind of critical to me to be recording everything.
Why did you take up music?
I haven’t always played music or sang - but music has always resonated with me. Early on, I was infatuated with music, like I could remember songs, and melodies and solos and as a teen - music gave me an identity.
I went thru phases and liked it all. Metal, classical, country, infatuated with rap (esp Southern & Tupac) and realized I was good at remembering lyrics. I sang my first Skynyrd cover drunk at a wedding and actually did good. But it was Neil Young’s Decade album that sealed the deal. I bought it when I started learning guitar - eventually learning all the songs.
The politics of that album particularly resonated with me at a critical time in my life. I think it’s important to note events like that. Here I am - a kids from the heart of the South - and that Decade album resonated with me on such a level - I believe it changed the trajectory of my life - for the better - in the long run. Music can do that. Thanks Neil ❤️
What does the Folk genre mean to you?
It’s a great question - I used to spend my winters at the John C Calhoun Folk School in North Carolina - and the beauty of that whole experience was the PEOPLE! Folk / Americana / Roots / whatever you want to call it - is about the people - it’s about a collective spirit & - I believe - nurturing that spirit through the music. That’s what happens in Bentonia!
For me - as an artist from the Deep South - the “folk” genre is the blues / roots genre. And I feel like it’s my job to look to the music of my home, those elders like Jimmy Duck Holmes, RL Boyce, Bobby Rush - these guys that are still making records and playing and busting their asses - that’s where I need to be looking. It’s the right thing to do. Because that’s the music of my home right now and that music bringing people together.
What can we expect release wise?
I just released a new single “Ain’t Enough” - we release a lot of new material on Bandcamp first. We’ve gotten a lot of good mileage out of our “Live In EastVan” & “Gasoline” albums from last year. The great thing about that “Live In EastVan” album was we had our good friend Tyler McLeod shoot the whole thing - so we got a full set / individual videos out of the deal - killer for times like these if you know what I mean.
Can we catch you live via streaming or in person?
Give us a follow at Bandcamp and YouTube - we drop a lot of new material there & Bandcamp just started doing a ticketed live-stream thing - so I’m definitely going to be looking into that...
Any funny/weird/surreal stories or experiences from your life in music?
I think learning from Jimmy right there in his juke joint has to be one of the most surreal things I’ve ever experienced. And it’s funny, because he was right there my whole life - I guess I just wasn’t ready to hear what he had to say yet.
But I remember the day I met Jimmy.
I remember that lighting glint in his eye when I asked him if he played.
I remember his generosity when I asked him to play me a song.
And I’ll never forget that song he played... my dad was there with me & he felt it too. That moment changed my life.
If the world was ending and you could only listen to one last song, what one would it be and why?
I hope I’m playing music when I die.
How do you want to go out, a Zombie Apocalypse or Alien Invasion?
Zombies - I’m a country boy from Mississippi - figure I could hold my own for a bit - and I been a real good study on Woody Harrelson ⚡️
Tapadh Leat to Robert for taking the time to speak with us and for being so honest when answering our questions. A huge talent and a good soul, now go listen to his amazing album Country Supper.
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