Thinking about Roby and his Mississippi Blues guy persona, I have been delving into his background and researching as much as I can get my hands on about his musical influences - all the stuff I'd wished I'd asked him in more detail when he was alive.
I recall Roby telling me that as a boy, he would visit his grandma's place and nearby sit and listen/watch Mississippi John Hurt playing on the front porch of the local store - by all accounts, the front porch was a place for these communities to gather.
Right after Roby was laid to rest, I went with Miles McKee - our man in the USA - to Roby's grandma's old place where family & friends gathered for good southern food - a grand spread!
We passed the old store where Roby would watch Mississippi John Hurt play and on our way back to Greenwood MS, we stopped and took a few photos of the place - The Valley Store - now derelict and defunct.
In my delving around the net for more info, I came across a web site dedicated to Mississippi John and I am stunned at what I discovered - Roby never got round to telling me that the place where his grandma and Mississippi John lived is called Avalon and it's about 3 miles from there that Roby is buried! I still have goosebumps!
It's where Mississippi John called home - "Avalon's my home town - always on my mind", from Avalon Blues 1928. Have a look here: http://www.msjohnhurtmuseum.com/photo.html
- the little store is pictured at the bottom and http://www.msjohnhurtmuseum.com
for more on the blues legend.