Hillbillies haven’t died off; they’ve simply become neo-hillbillies. Three families of musicians in the Ozark Mountains of Southwestern Missouri give new meaning to the word “hillbilly.” Float down the backwaters, soak up some old time religion, savor a washboard duel, and bask in the neon lights of the pseudo-hillbilly showtown Branson. Lean back and merge into hillbilliness.
Featuring the popular Springfield, Missouri band Big Smith. Filmed in sumptuous Super 16mm film.
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