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SouthBound: Fawn Weaver On Bottling A Tribute To A Former Slave's Role In Whiskey History

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Fawn Weaver is the author of a best-selling book on happy marriages. Her husband is a movie exec. They were happy and comfortable in Los Angeles. But then she read a story about a former slave named Nearest Green, who taught his method of making Tennessee whiskey to a young businessman named Jack Daniel. Weaver longed to know more.

That journey led to her founding a company that honors Nearest Green by making a whiskey called Uncle Nearest. Her company has made news by having women and minorities in most of the leadership roles. But she says the history of whiskey is full of Black people like Nearest Green whose contributions are just now coming to light.

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Other music in this episode:

  • Cambo, "Coffee"
  • Ketsa, "Never Forget"

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SouthBound is a production of WFAE. Our host is Tommy Tomlinson. Our audience engagement manager is Joni Deutsch, and our main theme comes from Josh Turner.

Tommy Tomlinson has hosted the podcast SouthBound for WFAE since 2017. He also does a commentary that airs every Monday. He's the author of "The Elephant in the Room," a memoir about life as an overweight man in a growing America. He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. He has also written for publications including Esquire, ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Garden & Gun. He’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a 2008-09 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Tommy and his wife, Alix Felsing, live in Charlotte.