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Who IS the BIGDUMBHICK?

 

That's me, Jeff Wall. I'm the Bigdumbhick. I'm am acoustic Singer/Songwriter/Storyteller/Stud Mule living in Winston-Salem, NC.

"But why Bigdumbhick?"

Because I'm 6'7", weigh more than 300lbs, and usually can be found wearing bib overalls (the clothing of choice for us curvy, full-figured men). Bib overalls cause some people to automatically assume that you are dumb....and a hick, and I like to play with stereotypes.

Besides, if you do a Google search on Jeff Wall, you are going to find a Canadian. Probably the highly esteemed photographer Jeff Wall (no relation), or the equally esteemed British Columbia based Singer/Songwriter Jeff Wall (no relation), not the excessively large, hairy-ass, hillbilly, Singer/Songwriter/Storyteller and occasional Stud Mule, Jeff Wall from North Carolina.

But if you do a search for Bigdumbhick, you are gonna find me. That's because there is only one Bigdumbhick.

"What do you sound like? What kind of music do you play?"

What kind of music do I play? Good Music. Bigdumbhick music. I never know how to answer this. I am primarily a solo acoustic folk musician (whatever that means) who has tested positive for Bluegrass and Honky-Tonk. I can play all the other different Roots Music styles: Folk, Country, Rock, Blues, and even some Punk and Reggae, but it's still going to have a Bluegrass or Honky-Tonk flavor to it. In fact, there are some videos below that will show that.

”What can I expect at one of your shows?”

YOU CAN EXPECT A FAMILY FRIENDLY SHOW UNLESS OTHER ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE IN ADVANCE.

When I am playing out, I basically have two different kinds of performances.

The first one is a "show", a concert or listening room type experience, where I am the primary focus of attention. I usually will play all original music, but I can include covers if you so wish. What I will do is I will play songs, I will tell jokes and stories, and I will usually interact A LOT with the audience...they are just as much a part of the show as I am. This will usually be a family-friendly performance or IF REQUESTED can be a much more rowdy "R-Rated" show, It totally depends upon your needs. 

The other performance style is where I am NOT the primary focus of attention. People are eating, drinking, and talking to one another. My job in that situation is to provide quality music that is loud enough so that if you want to listen, you can, but not so loud that people can't comfortably talk with each other. I call this background or atmosphere type performance. This is what is usually requested for craft breweries and/or restaurants that want live music for their customers, but not for that music to be overwhelming.

I enjoy doing both of these.

When I book a gig, I will show up, meet with the bartender or person in charge and ask where they want me to set up. I will ask what they need from me. I will set up the PA and verify the volume is right with the bar staff. I will ask them to let me know at any time during the performance if the volume needs to be adjusted either up or down. I have been known to start early (with permission) and if I am having fun, and the crowd is having fun, I have been known to play later than originally contracted for (with permission) for no extra charge.

My goal is for the club owners and the customers to all be happy. Happy people tip well. Happy people spend more money with you. Happy bartenders and club owners tend to book you again. that makes me happy.

Jeff Wall

 
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Official BIO:

What is a bigdumbhick?

 

Short Version: 

Jeff Wall is the Bigdumbhick, a 6’7”, 300+lb, bib-overall wearing, solo acoustic singer/songwriter, storyteller from the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Originally from Middle Tennessee, He spent 20 years in the Navy, where he taught himself to play guitar when he wasn’t busy sitting on his ass, smoking cigarettes, reading, and occasionally being allowed to blow something up. He’s traveled the world, and he has broken bread and played music with people from every imaginable point of the political, religious, and social spectrum.  He’s not nearly as “Dumb” or as “Hick” as he might initially portray himself to be.

What he is is a hilarious performer, one who writes darkly humorous songs, songs which often include some deep insight or important message.  One moment he will have you crying with laughter, and then out of the blue he will hit you with something extremely personal and moving, causing your jaw, and often a few tears, to hit the ground.

What you see is what you get. There's no pretense, no posturing, no bullshit. Well, maybe a little bullshit, but he’s real.  He is what he is and he ain’t ashamed of it.

“Jeff Wall is big, hairy, and about the most fun performer you'll ever see. What might surprise you is the amount of heart and honesty there is in his music. In just three visits to Leveneleven Brewing he's built a real cult following. His material is funny, irreverent and sometimes startlingly moving”. – Dan Ray

For fans of John Prine, Todd Snider, Louden Wainwright, Robert Earl Keen, and Jerry Jeff Walker

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Long Version:


Jeff Wall is the Bigdumbhick, a solo acoustic singer/songwriter/storyteller from the Piedmont area of North Carolina

At 6’7” and more than 300lbs, it is easy to understand the “Big” part. The “Dumb” part is easy too. Just Look at him. He looks dumb. Big and dumb, like Lennie Small with a guitar in his hands…  but he knows who Lennie Small is and you’re probably going to have to look it up, so maybe he’s not as dumb as he looks.

Originally from Middle Tennessee, He left at 18 to join the Navy, and so that he could find someone to date that he wasn’t kin to. In the Navy he specialized in smoking cigarettes, sitting on his ass, and occasionally being allowed to blow something up. There may have been some alcohol along with women of questionable morals and judgement in there somewhere as well. He’s read a bunch of books. He’s lived all over the US and has traveled the world. He has met, broken bread, and played music with people from every imaginable point of the political, religious, and social spectrum.  He’s not nearly as “Hick” as he might portray himself to be.

His Great Grandfather, who played fiddle and banjo, was reportedly the town drunk. His father was a cop who sang in local Honky-Tonks while busting moonshiners. His uncle sold bootleg Truck Stop 8-track tapes. There was always a radio on tuned the R&B of WLAC, or the Country music on WSM. His life has always been filled with colorful characters and music.

While in the Navy he taught himself to play guitar and from that point on it was rare that he didn’t have one close at hand. Whenever he entered a new port, his shipmates would all head for the closest bar, but he would search out local street musicians to play with. This let him experience playing Gypsy Jazz in a city park in Italy with a gentleman in his 70’s who spoke of watching the great Django Reinhardt play in the clubs of Paris, to playing old American Folk and Cowboy tunes in Croatia with a young man with a heavily bandaged broken big toe due to a bomb that had recently fallen on his house in Belgrade.
 
After retiring from the Navy, he settled in North Carolina where he would attend Bluegrass Festivals and Fiddlers Conventions in order to pick around a campfire until the sun would come up. He played various local dive bars and would occasionally sit in with friends when they came through town. In his mid-50s he began writing his own songs. With the current strength of the music business and there being such an overwhelming demand for old, fat, grumpy, hairy, hillbilly musicians singing songs about how they can’t get laid anymore, he decided that this was the perfect time to embark upon a career as a Singer/Songwriter, … Ok, maybe he’s earned that “Dumb” part honestly.

Somehow or another it has worked out. He is a gifted performer, He writes darkly humorous songs, which he often uses to convey some deep insight or message.  One moment he will have you crying with laughter, and then out of the blue he will then hit you with something extremely personal, powerful, and moving causing your jaw, and often a few tears, to hit the ground.

What you see is what you get. There's no pretense, no posturing, no bullshit. Well, maybe a little bullshit, but he’s real.  He is what he is and he ain’t ashamed of it.

“Jeff Wall is big, hairy, and about the most fun performer you'll ever see. What might surprise you is the amount of heart and honesty there is in his music. In just three visits to Leveneleven Brewing he's built a real cult following. His material is funny, irreverent and sometimes startlingly moving”. – Dan Ray

For fans of John Prine, Todd Snider, Louden Wainwright, Robert Earl Keen, and Jerry Jeff Walker

 

 

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Live Tracks

by Jeff Wall (Bigdumbhick)

These are some live tracks from recent shows. Listen to them here, or right click and ‘Save Link As”in order to download

VIDEOS

A short set from the LevenEleven Fundraiser on 11/11/18

An early version of "Erectile Dysfunction Blues"

A more finished version of “Erectile Dysfunction Blues”

An original Gospel song - “Guitars and Titties”

“Rambling Fever” From the Merle Haggard tribute at the Kraken, Chapel Hill, NC, with the House Band: Lance White and Mitch Renkow (gtr), Clay Buckner (fiddle), Rick Mathey (pedal steel), Berkeley Grimbal (sax), Tim Smith (piano), Steve Eisenstadt (bass), David Shore (drums). 6/10/16.

An original song about a universal truth - “If Mama ain’t Happy”

A cover of Tom T. Hall's “That's How I Got To Memphis” - That I learned off a Bobby Bare Recording

Recorded live, a Mickey Newbury song made famous by Kenny Rogers and the Big Lewbowski - “Just Dropped In”

The reason for the mask? When this was filmed, I had the flu really bad. A few days later the flu caused me to have a stroke. ‘‘You Can’t Trust a Fart”

A grassed up cover of the great Willie Dixon/Muddy Waters “I Live the Life I Love”

“Seventh Son” written by Willie Dixon, was a big hit for Johnny Rivers

“New Wayfaring Strangers” co-written with Mark “Brink” Brinkman

“I Wanna Be Your Dog”. Who knew Iggy and the Stooges were actually a Hillbilly band?

a Ramones Cover....”I want to be Sedated” Bluegrass style

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