Monday, March 16, 2009

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Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton Dead at 61

Farming, gardening & making moonshine is a dieing [sic] art.
I hope Popcorn taught someone the fine art of making moonshine.
We needed him, now who will take his place?

WBIR comments

According to Knoxville, Tennessee's WBIR, moonshiner Popcorn Sutton was found dead in his home today. The 61-year old distiller had been recently sentenced to 18 months of prison for distilling spirits without a license and, as a felon, carrying a firearm. Looks like Popcorn will take a pass on doing the time.

Sutton was the author of Me & My Likker (good luck finding a copy) and the subject of Neal Hutcheson's film, The Last Damn Liquor Run I'll Ever Make. According to, federal agents last year seized "three stills with 1,000-gallon capacities, hundreds of gallons of moonshine-making ingredients such as mash, more than 850 gallons of finished product, guns and ammunition."

I wrote about his arrest at the time and posted two videos featuring the bearded and be-overalled moutaineer. You can check them out here.

Popcorn, the secret of your, ahem, "apple brandy" is safe with me.


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