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Big Smith

Big Smith is a band from Springfield, Missouri composed of six first cousins, including three sets of brothers: Mark and Jody Bilyeu, Bill and Rik Thomas, and Mike and Jay Williamson. They emerged from downtown Springfield in 1996 playing a mix of folk, hillbilly, bluegrass, honky-tonk, gospel, rock n’ roll, and Ozarks fiddle tunes, with their characteristic three-part family harmonies layered over it all. Big Smith’s original songs often evoke, celebrate, and sometimes even eviscerate their ancestral Ozarks, endearing them to devoted fans across the region. Their 16-year run saw them release seven CDs, perform all over the United States, break the merchandise sales record at the Country Rendezvous festival in Crappone, France, and as the subject of the 2003 documentary “Homemade Hillbilly Jam.” They hung up their work clothes in June of 2012, having played some 1,000 shows.

On December 31st, 2016 they re-emerged for a pair of celebrated sold-out New Year’s Eve shows at the historic Gillioz theater in their hometown of Springfield. A year later they repeated the event. 2018 saw them perform five times, with more to come in 2019.