The Whiskey King

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Richard E Russell (Richard Russell Publishing/ASCAP), (Walter Harrill/ASCAP), (Jon Gibson/ASCAP), © All Rights Reserved

(2:43) A fact based tale of Lewis Redmond, the notorious Western North Carolina moonshiner, fugitive, and local hero. The most bluegrassy tune of the bunch. Elfy Kornfeld, vocals; Rick Russell, guitar; Josh Sill, mandolin; Terrell Jones, bass

Major Redmond walked a line between revenuers and shine;
The whiskey from his stills was the best in all the hills.
Folks for miles around bought all that he could bring,
And soon he became . . . the Whiskey King.

His Daddy taught him right how to give the whiskey bite;
It took one dollar bill to get your order filled.
The Robin Hood of Swain, but if the truth be told,
The Whiskey King . . . was livin’ bold.

Run Major run, the law is after you.
Run Major run, your shinin’ days are through.
Run Major run, they say you’ll pay the price,
Someday you’ll pay the price.

Major Redman took a stand, so he was a wanted man;
He couldn’t stop the vice he had done for all his life.
When Marshals took up chase with a dozen guns,
The Whiskey King . . . was on the run.

Run Major run, the law is after you.
Run Major run, your shinin’ days are through.
Run Major run, they say you’ll pay the price,
Someday you’ll pay the price.

Major Redmond crossed the line between revenuers and shine;
He sat in Buncombe Jail under twenty-five hundred bail.
When the day came ‘round that they finally took him down,
The Whiskey King . . . had lost his crown.

Run Major run, the law is after you.
Run Major run, your shinin’ days are through.
Run Major run, they say you’ll pay the price,
Someday you’ll pay the price.

Richard E Russell (Richard Russell Publishing/ASCAP), (Walter Harrill/ASCAP), (Jon Gibson/ASCAP), © All Rights Reserved

 

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