I chose to label myself a Hillbilly long ago. My love of Hillbilly Life came from spending a lot of time in the Missouri Ozarks. The Ozarks is actually quite a large area, and when I moved to southern Missouri a couple of years ago, I thought that I would be loving finally living in the Ozarks. But, I quickly found out that "The Ozarks" can be quite different, just across the state even!! Here are some examples of the type of Hillbillies I relate to:
The first is 'Old Matt'. He is a beloved character from the story "The Shephard of the Hills." The story is based on true characters, and has been made into an outdoor drama. You can find out more about it by visiting http://www.oldmatt.com/.
If I had my dream job, it would be to open my own artisan shop in Silver Dollar City. I love the people that live around Branson, Mo. The true Branson folk (non-tourists) for the most part are kind, respectful and have good values. Of course, some famous Hillbillies felt the same way as shown below:
Although not labeled as 'hillbillies' in the story, the characters in the story "Christy" are also based on real mountain folk. This beloved book was made into a TV series, yet the TV series kind of breaks away from the true story line. I have to wonder if that is why it was abruptly stopped after only 10 episodes and was kind of left hanging. Here is a sweet clip from the series though. It shows a mountain wedding scene:
True Hillbillies, while for the most part have very little money or earthly goods, are kind, giving people. I am sure that Matthew 6:20 is dear to their heart, as it is mine.
Now, REDNECKS on the other hand...well, I think perhaps a photo show will show you the difference...
I could have posted alot more images, but they weren't very nice.
For you 'across the pond'--I hope this explains the difference between a Hillbilly and a Redneck. For those State-side...I hope you are as ashamed as I that "redneck society" has become something to be proud of. I know it's all in fun and games, but just google 'redneck images' and you'll catch my drift.
And, please, do NOT make the mistake of calling me a Redneck!! I have Hillbilly Pride!