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.
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