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.