Remember Popcorn Sutton?
He was the gun totin’, model T driving, quick witted, self promoting moonshiner that I featured last year. In his life, he became a local legend because he was unapologetic about making liquor, which he likened to a calling. In death, he’s now approaching folk hero status.
No less than three songs have been written about Popcorn. One is from a man who knows a thing or two about legends–Hank Williams Jr. Two others are from local songwriters in the Tennessee and North Carolina mountains. They all tell the story of a man who lived proud, did what he loved, and bucked a crooked system the only way he knew how–by taking his own life.
Take a listen and vote for the best Popcorn Sutton Song.