Big Smith rolls into Indianapolis this weekend. They will be performing at Earth House, 237 N. East Street, Indianapolis, on Saturday night, May 2, at 8:00 PM. The Documentary Homemade Hillbilly Jam will be screened at 7:00 PM Thursday, April 30th, also at Earth House.
Earth House is located inside Lockerbie Central United Methodist Church, on the corner of New York and East Street, downtown Indianapolis.
I particularly like these lyrics from “The rich man’s poor”– That poor boy’s wealthy./ The strong man’s weak/The sick girl’s healthy/ The stranger belongs/ The right man’s wrong/ When Jesus turns the world around
Anyway here is some press about Big Smith and the movie:
Big Smith, a hippie-tinged roots band is the nominal focus of (Homemade Hillbilly Jam), but (it) captures an extended family, descended from Ozark hillbillies and bound together by music…the clan keeps the old mountain repertoire alive, singing with a passion and grace that need no elaboration.
-Peter Margasak, CHICAGO READER
4 STARS…vibrant, well-shot documentary explores the roots of hillbilly music… efforts of Big Smith, a set of bearded young men who perform their elders’ songs with all the respect they’re due.
– Jason Anderson, TORONTO WEEKLY
As their music evolves, so does their audience, but they never forsake their hillbilly DNA on this rich journey through a cultural legacy.
-Johnny Leahan, INDIE WIRE
A portrait of dying musical traditions…quirky insight into an America that most Americans would barely recognize.
-Steve Dalton, LONDON TIMES
Homemade Hillbilly Jam passes the test of a great documentary.
-Mike Armitage, CHARK ATTACK, Canadian Music Source
(Homemade Hillbilly Jam) fully captures how an unyielding faith in music, family and religion keeps one family grounded enough in the past to ensure that their heritage and culture will have a future. Entertaining, enlightening and special.