Gut Rumbles

September 04, 2008


Originally PUBLISHED August 18, 2005

Do YOU know why illegally distilled whiskey is called "moonshine?" I do.

If you ran an outdoor still in the hollows of eastern Kentucky, federal agents rode around looking for smoke coming out of the woods. That's how they found and destroyed a lot of stills.

But if you did it AT NIGHT, by the light of the moon, you were less likely to be caught. Can't see smoke in the sky at night, at least not as well as the Feds did in the daytime. Plus, the Feds went to sleep at night.

Moonshiners didn't.

I'm just making this shit up. I have NO IDEA what I'm talking about. My grandfather NEVER made moonshine, and I don't, either.

But you're better off doing it at night if you're in that line of business.

You can see that smoke rising up so high
Like a silver thread in the moonlit sky
Lordy, ain't that such a handsome sight?
Yonder up the hollow on the side of the hill
That's my kinfolk workin' that moonshine still
Makin' Blockade whiskey tonight.

Words and music for the entire song written by Rob Smith. That's one I intend to record.


I have this song recorded and we could post it here if we ever got this site updated.

Posted by: Willy on September 6, 2008 12:50 PM
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