Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Homemade Hillbilly Jam|
Actors: Big Smith, The Pine Ridge Singers, The Baldknobbers
Director: Rick Minnich
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
In the 1800's a scrappy group of Scotch-Irish immigrants settled in the Ozark Mountains of Southwestern Missouri. Stereotyped as poor, lawless degenerates, these isolated hill folk over time became the butt of countless jo... more »
Not just for hillbilly fans
Curt Wohleber | Columbia, MO USA | 06/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My wife and I saw this at the True/False documentary film festival in Columbia, Mo. I was reluctant to see a movie with the word "hillbilly" in the title, but this turned out to be an engaging look at Big Smith, a terrific and difficult-to-classify band out of the Springfield area. Front man Mark Bilyeu is a smart and articulate guide to the region's musical traditions, which have yielded everything to the hillbilly kitsch of Branson's The Baldknobbers to, well, Big Smith.
The soundtrack, of course, is terrific, and includes recordings from live performances as well as studio tracks. Big Smith's ouevre is a blend of country, gospel, bluegrass, folk and rockabilly."