Big Smith To Bring Old Time Country/Neo-Hillbilly Music to Indy
INDIANAPOLIS, April 6, 2009-- Big Smith will make their Indianapolis debut at Earth House, 237 N. East St, on May 2. They will play at 9:00 PM with an opening band at 8:00 PM. Cover is $10 and the venue is open to all ages.
The Springfield, MO based band has built a devoted following playing a unique style of music that has been described as a raw, indigenous mountain sound, reinterperated by neo-hillbillies. Big Smith has opened up for headliners like Emmylou Harris and Del McCoury.
Performing together since 1996, the band now does over 100 shows a year. Composed of five cousins, led by frontman Mark Bilyeu, and joined by fiddler Molly Healey, Big Smith is still adored in their native Ozarks. Years of travel though have also earned them a place as a Midwest institution. As Big Smith begins work on album #6 to be released in the summer of 2009, they continue to enjoy the success of the five releases that document their many years together.
Their most recent studio CD is a double disc made with their young fans in mind, "Hay to Zzzzzz: Hillbilly Songs for Kids". It is a generous portion of music - 42 tracks spread across two CDs. Prior to "Hay to Zzzzzz," Big Smith released "Gig," another double CD. Long requested by fans, it is a generous sampling of what one can expect from the band's legendary club appearances. The catalog is rounded out by and a live gospel CD, "Live at Lonestar," that pays tribute to their family's musical roots.
The documentary "Homemade Hillbilly Jam," profiling the band and the music of their extended family, has garnered rave reviews and a legion of new fans through numerous screenings at film festivals around the world. The film will screen at Earth House on April 30th at 7:00 PM.
"It is important that Big Smith is bringing their unique Midwest sound to Indianapolis," said concert organizer Mike Oles. "The music should appeal to a wide group of people; blue grass and country fans, Indie rockers, and all those who are fascinated with America's deeply rooted music."