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Friday, July 24, 2009

Saturday To-Do: Big Smith

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2009 at 3:43 PM

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BIG SMITH
9 p.m., Revolution. $6.

No band owns the Ozarks like Big Smith. Named — under pressure from a bar owner who needed to know how to bill the group — for the Missouri-owned farm wear company whose overalls Mark Bileyu happened to be wearing that night, the band embodies the spirit of Ozark hillbilly music. It's rowdy, filled with lyrics of mean women and the joys of oscillating fans and built on pickin' and grinnin' and harmony. That playing and singing together thing comes naturally to Big Smith. The band's comprised of five cousins, including two sets of brothers (plus lone female Molly Healey). Live, the six-piece's equipment includes cello, drums, fiddle, guitar, kazoo, keyboard, mandolin, mouth bow, resonator bass, spoons, tenor banjo, upright bass and washboard. Shew. With that arsenal, more than a decade's worth of material and an adoring crowd, look for Revolution to get downright sweaty with all the stompin' going on. Springfield Southern rockers the Cropdusters, not to be confused with the Magic Cropdusters, open the show.

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