Saturday, July 11, 2009

Robert Belfour at Foxfire on Sunday night

On Sunday night bluesman Robert Belfour, who is the oldest proponent of the North Mississippi Hill Country tradition still performing actively, will be at the Foxfire Ranch, which is located just off Highway 7 about fifteen miles north of Oxford. There's good directions on their website, but there's also a sign on the west side of Route 7 just north of the BP station. Music generally starts around five or six, and last about three or four hours depending on the crowd.

Foxfire opened about a year and a half ago and features Sunday night blues and downhome cooking under an open-sided pavilion that's set in a field behind the home of the proprietors, Bill and Annie Hollowell. If you work on campus at Ole Miss you might know Annie as the woman who greets you when you enter the Office of the Registrar. She was also featured in Leyla Modirzadeh's play "Secret History" at the the Powerhouse last year, talking about growing up as a sharecropper in the Holly Springs area. In any case, she'll greet you with a hug when you arrive at Foxfire.

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Robert Belfour was born in 1940 in Red Banks, MS, but has lived for decades in Memphis. Since retiring the mid-'90s from the construction business he's been performing actively, and has recorded two CDs for Fat Possum. He's a pretty mild-mannered guy but plays some really deep blues in a style similar to R.L. Burnside. Here's a video of Belfour that was shot for Martin Scorsese's "The Blues" film series.

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