Junior Johnson ran moonshine to keep his family afloat. In the grips of the great Depression, and the extremely high taxes place on liquid grain, it was very hard for his families distillery to make any money whatsoever. He dropped out of school in the fifth grade to support his family. Prohibition was not an amendment to regulate a wrong doing of criminals; it was a political action that created criminals. His family was not one of criminals. If you believe that I'm saying all this out of conservative agitprop, I'll have you know that i voted for Obama. Don't discredit a man's integrity because of his political beliefs.
As an alt country listener living in the DC area, my son, who lives outside Mebane, forwarded me some info on a (then) local gal he thought I might enjoy listening to. Her name was Tift Merritt. I was immediately hooked. Her voice was strong, yet passionately soft, and I was impressed with her songwriting skills. Now, several years later, I proudly possess all of her CD's, have read most of her articles, and this past Friday, caught her latest show in Alexandria, VA., (where I had the pleasure of meeting her a couple of years ago). Tift will do just fine. With her talents, how can she do otherwise.
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