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Homemade Hillbilly Jam (2007/First Run Features DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Documentary: C+



Fighting stereotypes is still an important thing, no matter how much mass media and Internet we have, because new media even produces new stereotypes.  One of the oddest things about the tired, formulaic, insulting, tired, sterilized version of Country Music is that it essentially says the Country of the past was too “dirty” or “raw” and now the new artists are “above” that.  Who the #*&@% do they think they are?  Rick Minnich’s Homemade Hillbilly Jam (2007) tries to juggle authentic music with showing the lives and times of the real people behind them.


The music is interesting and certainly more authentic than the usual junk we get from that genre these days, you get real authentic traditional Southern music and the results are a nice change from other bad music to boot.  We learn the roots of this branch of the music, from Scottish-Irish immigrant settling in the Ozark Mountains in SW Missouri.  Most of the 80 minutes here is in the now, but the point is getting the people across, even at the expense of the music sometimes.  I wish this were longer and that is its biggest problem.


However, the acts including The Pine Ridge Boys, Big Smith and Baldknockers are included, showing this music is alive and well.  If you like music or this genre in particular, you’ll see this as a must see (The City of Branson is alive and well) and worth a look for a nice break from the Pop monotony we are currently suffering.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is soft with some motion blur, but color helps to save this production.  Editing is not bad, either.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix is not bad, but it is too bad (at least the music in a supplement) is not in DTS.  Extras include extra music tracks, stills, outtakes and On The Road short.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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