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Homemade Hillbilly Jam (2007)

Big Smith , The Pine Ridge Singers , Rick Minnich  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Big Smith, The Pine Ridge Singers, The Baldknobbers
  • Directors: Rick Minnich
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015YUGV8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,143 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Homemade Hillbilly Jam" on IMDb

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A rich journey through a cultural legacy. --indiewire

This beautifully shot film celebrates Missouri's Ozark Countryside and the way music can transcend conflicting attitudes, to bring and hold generations together. --Friends of American Old Time Music & Dance

Descended from Ozark Hillbillies and bound together by music, the Bilyeu clan keeps the old mountain repertoire alive, singing with a passion and grace that needs no elaboration. --Chicago Reader

Product Description

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 jokes and earned themselves the name Hillbillies. This enjoyable documentary captures the rich and wonderful sounds of hillbilly music by following three families of modern-day hillbillies back to the roots of their music-making heritage. Leading the pack is singer/songwriter Mark Bilyeu from the band Big Smith, who have been delighting audiences around the world with their foot-stompin' repertoire of songs, including some passed down through generations - twisted tales of moonshining and adultery alongside heartfelt stories of faith and life.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for hillbilly fans June 26, 2008
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you love music with a history June 22, 2013
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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!
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3.0 out of 5 stars not very introspective March 9, 2013
By JH
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars In The Time Of The Good Old Boys (And Gals) October 3, 2009
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, engaging documentary July 13, 2008
By R. Weir
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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