GenresBlues, Jump Blues, Southern rock
LocationDetroit--Ann Arbor--Waterford MI United States
Sounds LikeOld School Rockin' Blues
Digital Locationbigsmoothblues.com musicpage.com/bigsmoothandthehellraisers
HistoryMember since: 05/29/2012 Year Founded: 1998
- Original material: 01 hrs : 00 min
- Cover material: 01 hrs : 00 min
- CDs released: 2014
- CDs sold: 800
- Digital songs sold: 200
- Original Songs: 10
- Average Draw: 300
- Largest crowd: 1,000
- Have sound: No PA
Big Smooth was created to fill a void at festivals,events,and fairs. Too many acts tend to play slower material that has a buzz kill effect on the crowd. Too mellow, soft or sometimes boring . NOT BIG SMOOTH!
We pride ourselves on being the wake up call your event needs. High-Energy, Foot-Stompin, Hand-Clappin, Rump-Shakin music that makes you want to dance. We get the joint jumpin!
Big Smooth & the Hellraisers - Old School Rockin' Blues CD was released in January of 2014 and is available through the band's website (bigsmoothblues.com) as well as digital downloads from several popular sites like iTunes, etc.
Big Smooth and the Hellraisers was formed in 1998 and since then we have played over 300 local gigs with 12 of them out of state. We have performed at ...
Arts Beats & Eats 2003, 2004 & 2014 (chosen for 2005 but had other obligations)
Adrian Michigan Blues & Brews Festival 2013
Alpena Blues Festival 2015
Caseville Blues On The Beach 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 & 2014
Detroit Blues Challenge 2014 @ Callahan's Music Hall
Ferndale Michigan Pride Festival 2013
Jackson Blues Fest 2015
Lake Orion/Oxford (Michigan) Hot Blues & BBQ 2013
Muskegon Summerfest 2006
Michigan Jambalaya Festival in 2007
St. Mary's of Orchard Lake Michigan Polish Fair 2014 & 2015
Tawas Blues by the Bay 2008
... Michigan Lottery Harley Davidson Ticket Kick-Off, and many more. Opened for national acts such as Rod Piazza, Li'l ed and the Blues Imperials, Sonny Landreth and more. In 2015 we added the Alpena Blues Festival and the Jackson Blues Festival and will also be performing at the Niagara Falls Blues Festival in New York in September 2015.
Veteran performers with many years of stage experience Big Smooth & the Hellraisers are an up-tempo, rockin, harmonica driven boogie blues band that Gets the House Rockin'. High energy performers who have been called the Ricky Vaughn of festival performers because all we do is throw fast balls, no sleepy stuff here.
Big Smooth & the Hellraisers can provide anywhere from 30 to 90 minute sets for your event.
... THAT'S WHAT WE BRING TO THE PARTY!!
SeMiBluegrass Your Source for Information about the Southeast Michigan Live Music Scene. Detroit Blues Challenge 2014September 22, 2014
John P. Bayerl, PhD
...Next up was party-blues band Big Smooth & the Hellraisers. I gave them very high marks right off the bat for realizing that they were in a competition, not another show. So many bands now days dress in jeans and tee-shirts that it's sometimes hard to tell the band from the crowd. Not so with this band and their quirky blend of aloha-chic and bowling-shirt couture wardrobe. Somehow, it works. Most of the bands started slow and built up during their sets. Not so with Big Smooth, who kicked it off by saying "We're Big Smooth and the Hellraisers, and THIS is what WE bring to the party" before launching into a full-speed, hard-driving blues number that reached out and punched the crowd right in the face. There was no doubt that these guys came to make a statement. Backing up their bravado was a deceptively great band. One of the quickest and most tasteful drummers of the night coupled with some complex, sometimes funky riffs on the 5-string bass give the band all the energy they need to maintain their high-octane performance through the show. The guitar work blended complex rhythm with blistering blues licks, shifting seamlessly between styles and sounds with ease. And then there's Big Smooth. A powerful vocalist and one of the best harp players I've heard in a long time, he somehow finds time to dance all over the stage, never standing still for a moment. Between an infectious smile, big-guy dance moves and a handful of Mardi-gras beads for the crowd, it is impossible not to have a good time at a Big Smooth show. THAT'S what they bring to the party.