Popcorn Sutton - Heaven's Bootlegger

Eric Cunningham

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Popcorn Sutton - Heavens Bootlegger Painting

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Chicago, IL - United States

I heard another potential twist on the Popcorn Sutton story. Maybe Popcorn committed suicide..... maybe not. No one will probably ever know. It sounds like Popcorn had been approached to do some licensing of his name for Moonshine products etc. He did not like the idea when it was proposed. So he rejected the idea. Then he was convicted of his bootlegging and learned that he would be going to serve some prison time. Suddenly he is drunk in his car...with it running in the garage and dies. Not long after this his wife signs a bunch of licensing agreements (with a different group). Not pointing any fingers.... maybe it's just an interesting coincidence. It's just something that I've heard some of the mountain folk whispering.

Santa Rosa, CA - United States

Kurt, now I understand the title "Heaven's Bootlegger." Most appropriate. Very sad ending. Thank-you for sharing.

Chicago, IL - United States

Hi Antonia, Thanks for your reply. I did not see the Popcorn Sutton documentary last night, but I have read about him on the internet. It would have been fun to watch the tv documentary. It sounds like he came from a long family history of moonshine makers. Eventually, he was caught and tried in a court and convicted. He was going to be sentenced to some jail time, but it would have been light security (since it's a non-violent crime). But Popcorn could not stand the thought of prison time, so he ended his life. It was a sad ending for a moonshine legend.

Santa Rosa, CA - United States

After my comment last night, by coincidence there was a documentary of "Popcorn Sutton." He was making a video of how he makes a still to create his one of a kind "moonshine." Pretty interesting. The man puts a lot into his craft. The mud I was talking about on his forehead, thought perhaps they represented moles. Yet, on the video, Popcorn wears a hat, a bit high on the head and I did not note any moles. Will give you the benefit of the doubt Kurt. Thanks so much for coming back and giving me that info!!!!!! BTW, I really did like the Popcorn painting!!!!!

Chicago, IL - United States

Yea Antonia, it sounds funny, but I'm not kidding. I've seen him creating his artwork in his home garage. The artist Eric Cunningham (living in Bristol, TN) does an incredible job cutting the plywood, painting the artwork and then he ages it by rubbing the art with mud and beating it with chains. He works in his home's garage. As you can see, the effect does look "vintage". Then he creates his own frame and writes around it. P.S. I enjoyed reading your artist description. It was interesting to read about your life and love of artwork. Thanks for sharing it !

Santa Rosa, CA - United States

Kurt had to respond to your comment, just to let you know I appreciate your humorous side, hummmmm, mud and chains!!!!!!!!

Chicago, IL - United States

Hi Antonia ! After the painting, the artwork is rubbed with mud and beaten with chains to give it an aged vintage look. P.S. Your profile photo of you as a little cowgirl is so adorable ! It's fun to see !

Santa Rosa, CA - United States

Eric, I hope the mud was one fo those pleasant accidents. Interesting portrait!!! f.

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