Welcome to the official website of the acoustic-folk-rock-grunge-grass alternative indie band, The Big Idea of Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Armed and dangerous!

Please excuse the mess: we are doing some long-overdue construction on this website. So for the latest news, pictures and video clips from the road and show announcements, please visit our Facebook page at:


Also, check out both clips from Way Back When and the latest videos by visiting our YouTube Channel at:


Feel free to use the Contact link above and shoot us an email, we'd love to hear from ya!

Sorry, under construction!

Old NewS - sorry, still under construction!

Trying to track down the link to our first music video for our song 'Scatterbrained', from our first release, the self-titled album The Big Idea. We couldn't have done it without tons of help from our GOOD FRIENDS! Big thanks to Kyle, Zach, and Reddy for doing a tremendous job and we will work on getting it back up as soon as possible!

 Bloom Heavy River Romp 2012

River Romp 2012 Part 2!

- The lineup for the annual Bloom Heavy River Romp has been announced and boy oh boy, is it a monster! We are beyond excited to play the River Romp again, and this is shaping up to be the biggest one yet! This year, a hearty helping of bluegrass will be served up by Yonder Mountain String Band (for 2 nights!), The Del McCoury Band, The Travelin' McCourys, Cornmeal, Dirtfoot, Split Lip Rayfield, The Ben Miller Band, The Whistle Pigs...well, you can check out all the bands up there! There will be a ton of awesome music over the weekend to say the least. There is also plenty of outdoor and camping fun right next to the Castor River, not to mention cold brews from Schlafly and delicious food from Port Cape! Get your tickets now and get any other info you might need by clicking the link above. We will see y'all on the river!

8/30/2011 - New Shirt Day! Big thanks to Tim Smith at Unique Ink for hooking us up! Show everyone how much you love The Big Idea and make your friends jealous all at once! They are $15 at our shows or contact us and we'll get one out to you.

Bloom Heavy's Grassy Grumble - 9/8/11 to 9/11/11
08/11/2011 - We are proud to be back for Bloom Heavy's Grassy Grumble in Grassy, MO this September 8th through the 11th! The lineup has just been released and we are stoked to be sharing the stage with bands like Cornmeal, Dirtfoot, Splitlip Rayfield, Mountain Sprout and many more! This is a great music festival with plenty of camping space and it's right on the beautiful Castor River. For more info and tickets check out their website. We'll see ya at the Grumble!


6/08/2011 - Today is the day! The self-titled debut album is out! We will have the limited edition digipack available at our shows for $10 and you can also download the album from iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon, and Napster! In true DIY fashion, we spent 6 months recording, mixing, and mastering all 12 tracks on the album that include some old favorites as well as some new tracks we hope you'll enjoy. Thanks to everyone for the support and helping us make this happen, we can't do what we do without you! 

ThE Big Idea is:

Old School pic of The Big Idea

Tommy Main - lead and backup vocals, guitjo, guitar and bass drum

Will Montgomery - lead and backup vocals, guitar and hi-hat

Scott Welton - backup vocals and five-string bass

... plus, depending on availability:

Dale Baker - conga and various other percussion

Joey "The Duke" Parent - harmonica and vocals

booking info:


We are always looking for more good friends! 

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