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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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Unidisc Music
  • Release Date: Oct. 12 2010
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
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  • ASIN: B0015YUGV8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #177,463 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Homemade Hillbilly Jam

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa6e9f0fc) out of 5 stars 54 reviews
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6eaae58) out of 5 stars Captures traditional singing styles very well Nov. 26 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The movie makes the mistake of not realizing "hillbilly" is actually a culture and not a "dying" local stereotype, but that is forgivable because that idea has been campaigned in the popular media ever since there was a popular media -- at least since the 1930s. The Scots-Irish subculture however remains one of the dominate cultures of North America. At least these guys went out and found some -- they are everywhere if you look, but most film makers don't look.

This film did an excellent job of touching the important elements of the culture, and the music work is exceptional. So much traditional music is now performed away from its roots, which mostly makes it lose its edge. This film found an credible example of the real stuff, and then captured it very well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7103fc0) out of 5 stars 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6b5cac8) out of 5 stars Relax - Enjoy - Think Aug. 14 2015
By Jack C Underwood - Published on Amazon.com
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Just sit back - relax - and see if you are anywhere close. Yes - families matter - here is the feeling of why they do. Yes - Jesus is a binding force - even if you don't have the outward talent this family was blessed with.
This not only displays talent and family but gives hope to all of us. So glad this was made and I found it
HASH(0xa6a0081c) out of 5 stars 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?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6cf9474) out of 5 stars intelligent. Two thumbs up from me Dec 2 2015
By Wendy L Ishida - Published on Amazon.com
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Very enjoyable film. The family are people you want to know. Talented, thoughtful, intelligent. Two thumbs up from me.