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Homemade Hillbilly Jam

A Film by Rick Minnich

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In the 1800s 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.

Sumptuously shot on Super 16 film and embellished by old photos and archival footage, Homemade Hillbilly Jam is both a celebration of modern-day hill folk and a vivid reminder of their hellraising, bootlegging ancestors - all in all a salute to the hillbilly spirit, which refuses to die.

Featuring Big Smith, The Pine Ridge Singers, The Baldknobbers & More!

What the Critics are Saying

"Entertaining and enlightening!"- Winston-Salem Journal

"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

"! Explores the roots of hillbilly music. Vibrant!" - Toronto Eye Weekly

"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 need no elaboration."
- Chicago Reader

"A rich journey through a cultural legacy." - IndieWIRE

"Beautifully portrays the Ozark countryside and the music it has nurtured through generations of families." - Columbia Tribune

"An excellent film!" - British Bluegrass Association

"An absolute gem!" - Madison Carter, Pop Syndicate


Read the review in Pop Syndicate.

Read the review in Christianity Today.

Features and Specifications

Bonus materials:
  • Short Film: “On The Road”
  • Outtakes
  • Extra Music
  • Photo Gallery
  • Biographies

Format: DVD
Release Year: 2007
Running Time: 80 minutes
Color: Color
Language: English

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