WhAT IS A 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 full-figured men). Bib overalls cause people to automatically assume that you are dumb....and a hick.
Besides, if you do a Google search on Jeff Wall, you are going to find a Canadian. Probably the esteemed photographer Jeff Wall (no relation), or the equally esteemed British Columbia based Singer/Songwriter Jeff Wall (no relation), not the esteemed, big, hairy-ass, hillbilly, Singer/Songwriter/Storyteller/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. How do I answer this? I am 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 irregardless. In fact, there are some videos below that will show that.
”What can I expect at one of your shows?”
When I am playing out, I basically have two different kinds of performances.
The first one is a "show", 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 can either be a family-friendly performance or it can be a much more rowdy "R-Rated" show, It totally depends upon the needs of venue.
The other performance type is where I am NOT the primary focus of attention. People are eating and drinking and my job in that situation is to provide family friendly quality music that is not so loud that people can't talk with each other. I call it background music. This is suitable more toward craft breweries and/or restaurants that want live music, but not a "show".
I enjoy doing both of these.
When I book a gig, I want to try and show up early. I will ask the bartender or person in charge, where they want me to set up. I will ask what their musical needs are. I will set up the PA and verify the volume is right with the bar staff. I will ask them to let me know if the volume needs to be adjusted either up or down at any point during the performance. Sometimes I will ask if I can start early. If I am having fun and the crowd is having fun, I will often ask to play longer than originally contracted for.
My goal is for the club owners and the customers to all be happy. Happy people tip well. Happy bartenders and club owners tend to book you again. that makes me happy.