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Homemade Hillbilly Jam


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  • Actors: Mark Bilyeu
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Unidisc Music
  • Release Date: Oct. 12 2010
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • ASIN: B0015YUGV8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,503 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not just for hillbilly fans June 26 2008
By Curt Wohleber - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.
If you love music with a history June 22 2013
By Kelly A. Magruder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I love this video. It mainly follows one particular family in the ozarks that is steeped in musical tradition. Love all the extras. My only complaint is that it left me wanting more!
not very introspective March 9 2013
By JH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
If you're a fan of this type of music, this is an enjoyable enough film, but it doesn't convert non-believers. There's little introspection or exploration on the music's history or commentary on its current place in modern society; it really just showcases a number of individuals and a band or two.
In The Time Of The Good Old Boys (And Gals) Oct. 3 2009
By Alfred Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Well, this traveling American "roots" music caravan that I have been running via the Internet, in this and other "hot" cyberspace spots, has been all over this country. I have been down in the Delta with the country blues artists like Robert Johnson, Skip James and Son House. I have been in those dust-blown Oklahoma hills with Woody Guthrie. I have been out West with the cowboy balladeers. I have been down in the swamps of Louisiana with the Cajun boys and girls, black and white. I've have been up in those Kentucky mountains with Roscoe Holcomb. Hell, I have even spent time, an inordinate amount of time, discussing roots music as it filtered through the 1960s folk revival in those rural meccas of New York City and Cambridge, Massachusetts. You will agree I have been around. On this stop we go to the hills again this time to the Ozarks to "discover"....hillbillies and their musical traditions.

Now I know that it is hardly news that the term "hillbilly" has, over the last few decades, carried some pretty negative connotations. Hard-nosed 'wild men' truckers and car aficionados , honky tonks and honky-tonk women, "know-nothing" politics, in short, good old boys and girls fully enjoying the benefits of the 19th century in the outback. The truth or falsehood of those characterizations is not at issue here though. What concerns me is the addition of this "hillbilly" flavor to the "roots' music bandwagon. This is done here, by following the doings, comings, goings and whatnot of three modern "hillbilly" (or at least hillbilly-descended families) musical families out in Ozark country.

Some of this music, the motels, honky-tonks and barns where it is played, and the instruments used to play it are very familiar from other regions like those Kentucky hills mentioned before. This, moreover, makes sense because there are some common Scotch-Irish Child Ballad-like traditions that unite these various strands as the forebears drove relentlessly westward. This region, isolated back in the older times, did develop its own variations but I sense that, good old boys and girls or not, we are on some very familiar ground. And here is the kicker for this reviewer, personally, when it comes to knowledge of this music. Oh sure, as I have mentioned in other reviews, it was in the background in our house from my Kentucky-born father back in my youth. It's in the genes. But let me tell where I really started to get a better sense of this mountain music. Many years ago I used to listen to a Saturday morning local radio show from the wilds of Cambridge. The name of the show-"Hillbilly At Harvard". What do you think about that, my friends?
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic, engaging documentary July 13 2008
By R. Weir - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I've gotta agree with Curt, and not just because we used to share an office. This is more than just a fantastic, personal look at a band -- it's also the story of a musical tradition that has deep roots in the Missouri Ozarks and is being revived across the country. Any fan of traditional music would love this story.


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