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Big Smith

Hailing from Springfield, MO, Big Smith blends bluegrass, gospel, and acoustic country sounds with Southern-accented rock & roll into a good-naturedly eclectic mixture that has won the band a loyal audience in the South and Midwest, thanks to frequent touring and an energetic live show. Formed in 1996, Big Smith is a family affair -- the group includes two sets of brothers, Mark Bilyeu (guitar) and Jody Bilyeu (mandolin and keyboards), as well as Jay Williamson (percussion) and Mike Williamson (bass), all of whom happen to cousins, as is soundman and fifth member Rik Thomas. Inspired by the Appalachian gospel and dance music they grew up with, the members of Big Smith started as an acoustic "hillbilly" quartet; with time, electric guitars, keyboards, and occasional horns began to make their way into the band's repertoire, and Thomas joined the Bilyeu and Williamson brothers to help handle the band's increasingly elaborate touring schedule and occasionally join the on-stage jams. Through the band's own MayApple Records label, the group managed to release four albums in its first seven years together -- two studio sets, Big Smith and Big Rock, and two very different live recordings, a collection of vintage Appalachian gospel songs called Big Smith Family and Friends Live at Lonestar and a raucous two-disc document of a more typical live show, Gig. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Of all there albums you only show one a bit disappointin g but there still a good band seen them live in springfield and branson mo more times then i care to count
Sad to know these guys are breaking up, all good thing must end I guess. Looking forward to that final show though
Mark Bilyeu and Big Smith are absolutely delightful! It's very nice to hear them on Pandora.
kellyb33
Fantastic! I am so excited to see Big Smith on Pandora!
ballmaba
Washington Missouri Loves Big Smith too!!! Always a great time!!!
I have petitioning Pandora to add Big Smith for 3 years and was sooo delighted when bare back riding came on. This group puts on a hell of an awesome live show and never fails to disappoint. Each show is a different musical experience and I hope they venture up to the seattle area as its getting expensive to fly back to NW Arkansas just to see them live. :)
vivia9
I saw Big Smith at "George's Majestic Lounge" in Fayetteville , AR on New Year's Eve. Cate Bros. and Mountain Sprout, too. Loads of fun!!
tvanasse
I discovered Big Smith live in Fayetteville Arkansas and immediately fell in love with their music style. I am forever a fan and would LOVE them to come to the NE where I now live...
skachung
The first time I heard Big Smith on Pandora,ther e was an ad that said
"Protect your occilating fan from David Hasselhoff" which I thought was
hilarious since Big Smith performs a song called 12inch 3 speed Occilating Fan.
Big Smith never disappoints with their energetic, enthusiastic performances . They are always a great pleasure to listen to. I was able to attend their show in Spokane, MO back in late April. The singing and instrument playing was par-excellen t ; and their adverse mixture of music genres never failed to provide entertainmen t for all segments of the audience. Go see them! You'll always be glad you did.
hottnutz
I'll be seeing Big Smith at "George's Majestic Lounge" in Fayetteville , AR on 6/26/09. I'm pumped! Their shows are MEGA fun!
athiker7209
I enjoyed listening to this group live in Boonville, MO during the 2009 Pedaler's Jamboree.

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