When you need a soundtrack for a life full of sweet sadness accompanied by the unwavering happiness that is within us all, you need look no further than The Big Idea.
Singing songs from the heart about lost loves, growing up, life on the road and rambunctious quarter-life antics, Tommy Main, Will Montgomery and Scott Welton (as well as Dale Baker and Joey "The Duke" Parent, when they can make it) don’t just sing the words … they live them.
While playing in the '90s rock cover band Trippin Tuesday, Tommy came up with the idea of an acoustic string band that wrote and played songs that meant something, that kept the music honest and pure.
He enlisted the help of fellow local acoustic musician Will Montgomery who at that time was playing with the Cape Girardeau newgrass band Tipping Holly.
After setting out on this path as a duo and experimenting with a wide range of instruments during early live shows -- from acoustic guitar, banjo and mandolin to a trombone and unconventional uses of drum kits -- they added Hank Jones on bass guitar in the winter of 2009 and, with that low-end punch to go along with Tommy's bass drum and Will's hi-hat, found the core sound they had been looking for. Dale Baker was added on percussion not long after and Joey Parent began performing regularly with the band on harmonica in early 2013.
In 2013, Hank played his Farewell Show on St. Patrick's Day and Scott Welton stepped up to take on the low-end duty with his five-string bass.
Whether playing to a crowded bar full of rowdy patrons or to reflective introverts in a laid-back coffee shop, The Big Idea is at home in any venue big or small, matching their live show to fit any environment.
"The Big Idea isn’t just a band; it’s an idea that we have," Will explained. "The idea that music can make people move -- move them on the floor, first and foremost, but hopefully by the end of the night, move them into rethinking what they want out of live music. It’s an idea that songs from the heart and the soul should always beat out the radio songs.”