Old Crow Medicine Show has gone to great lengths to do field-work and research to augment the authenticity of their songs. In addition to working the fields, growing and harvesting tobacco, they've also practiced the age-old Virginia tradition of moonshining.
"Moonshine is something else the band did," Ketch Secor said in Paste. "We stayed pretty busy between grading tobacco, brewing corn beer and distilling whiskey. It's like we got this crash course of living like the Carter Family for two or three years. There's a feeling about having a milk carton of white lightning; it makes you feel like a motherf--ker, makes you drive a little faster, makes the tunes drive a little faster. But it can also kill you; you can't do it for long before your lucky star falls. Since Gene Harmon, one of those guys who lived with us on the Beech Mountain, died, I didn't drink corn whiskey anymore."