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Big Smith 6/9/10 + Video

Big Smith 6/9/10
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  • Date Recorded: June 9, 2010
  • Artist / Band: Big Smith
  • Hosting Show: Uncontrollable Urge
  • Sound: Dan Kinney
  • Video: Paul Oryem and Ed Kleinberg

Big Smith, currently composed of 6 family members, has been evolving professionally since 1996. The band originates from Springfield, Mo., and exemplifies the culture of the Ozarks. Their music is guttural, mischievous and soulful. The family plays a few foot-stomping hillbilly tunes on KDHX in advance of its Twangfest 14 headlining set.

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The members of Big Smith learned how to play music from their ancestors. Songs about bootleggers have been passed down in their family for generations, a heritage documented in Homemade Hillbilly Jam. Previously, the members of Big Smith were poets, teachers and students of music. Mark Bilyeu, for example, wrote his master’s thesis on a fiddle tune, while Jody Bilyeu published poetry in literary magazines like the Moon City Review. Big Smith became a full-time profession for the family in 2007. The band played roughly one-hundred shows in 2009, covering a large portion of America from Colorado to Texas to Tennessee. The band is scheduled to headline Twangfest 14 on June 9, 2010.

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