Moonshine is a homemade, high alcohol content liquor that has a long history in many countries across the world, but especially in the American south. The illegal nature of the drink caused many distillers and smugglers to work at night to avoid detection, thus the word ""moonshine", since it was produced by the light of the moon.
Mountain folk know how to party, and many a fantastic bluegrass record has been made with white lighting as the fuel.
This playlist features 21 songs about, or that feature moonshine prominently. I have limited the list to include only roots music -- bluegrass, folk, country, alt-country, old-time and blues help keep a working class continuity, which fits the subject matter nicely.
Being from North Carolina, it doesn't take me long to get into the heart of moonshine country, and if you've ever taken a swig of this stuff you know how powerful it can be. It hurts at first, but once you get your first mason jar down it gets easier.
Rocky Top - Osborne Brothers
Moonshine - Sonny Boy Williamson
Moonshiner - Bob Dylan
Copperhead Road - Steve Earle
White Lightnin' - Furry Lewis
Where The Devil Don't Stay - Drive-By Truckers
Tear My Stillhouse Down - Gillian Welch
Kentucky Moonshine - Pure Prairie League
White Lightnin' - Waylon Jennings
Moonshine - Rice, Rice, Hillman & Pedersen
Daddy's Moonshine Still - Dolly Parton
Old Corn Liquor - Joe Thompson
Joshua - Shawn Mullins
Moonshine Still - Oakhurst
Carolina Moonshiner - Doug Moreland
Moonshiner's Daughter - Hayseed Dixie
Moonshiner - Barleyjuice
The Moonshiner - The Clancy Brothers
Corn Liquor Blues - Lewis Black - Various Artists
When The Moon Shines On The Moonshine - Bert Williams