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A sneak peek at Short Mountain Shine

January 27th, 2012 No comments


Yesterday, I showed you a glimpse of our federally approved label for Short Mountain Shine along with the news that we signed distribution deals with all four regions of the state of Tennessee.

I thought I’d throw this photo of the bottle out there after a failed attempt yesterday to photograph the bottle for an upcoming tourism pamphlet. This isn’t an image we’d use, but it showed just enough to tease, and I’m a teaser. You can tell we used a sample label sent to us by our printer.

You’ll be able to taste a sample and purchase a bottle at our distillery on Short Mountain in Woodbury, TN once we open in late March. Shortly after that, it will be in stores throughout Middle Tennessee’s 36 county distribution region.

If it sounds familiar, that’s because it’s already famous. Most old-timers in Middle Tennessee know something about it, and it was sung about by Uncle Dave Macon on the October 1939 NBC television debut of the Grand Ole Opry. Who knows? Maybe one day the bottle will make a special appearance on one of country music’s biggest nights.

Short Mountain Shine is a respectable 105 proof authentic Tennessee Moonshine made from a family recipe handed down for generations. As Billy likes to say, “It’s the best moonshine ever made, made even better.”

Short Mountain Shine celebrated in music

August 4th, 2010 No comments

Moonshine from Short Mountain was famous long before it was made legal again. Just ask any old-timer and they’ll tell you. The fine products we want to make right here in Cannon County are just a taste of what some people knew to be some of the best moonshine in the country.

Uncle Dave Macon, a celebrated Cannon County resident and country music star, sang “Cannon County Hills” on NBC’s first broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry in October of 1939. The show charmed America with a slice of the South that included an homage to moonshine from Short Mountain. According to historian Robert Mason, it was a favorite song of Uncle Dave.

Here’s some of the lyrics from “Cannon County Hills” talking about what Uncle Dave Macon likely knew from personal experience to be true.

In the Cannon County Mountains, they have bright and growing fountains,
On every hill they have a still.
But you just remember one hundred days from next November,
They’ll be moonshine in the Cannon County hills.
O, those hills, those beautiful hills,
They’ll be moonshine in the Cannon County hills.
Bright lights on Broadway, the sun shines bright in Dixie
But there’s moonshine in the Cannon County hills.

Porter Wagoner also sang about some of the best mash cookers you could find in his song “King Of The Cannon County Hills,” and they happened to be from right here on our very own Short Mountain.

Well the things I know you cannot learn in college
And I don’t need cash cause I ain’t got no bills
I can tell you in a flash just how long to cook your mash
And the best come from the cannon county hills