Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 15) A Fiddle Player and an Orphan: The story of Uncle Nearest and Jack Daniel


You’ve heard of Jack Daniel, but have you heard of Nearest Green – the man born into slavery who not only taught Jack how to make whiskey and all about the Lincoln County Process, but who is now known to be the first African-American master distiller ever recorded in the U.S.? This week’s guest – Fawn Weaver (now CEO of Uncle Nearest Distillery) talks all about uncovering Nearest’s story and how what she found was really a story of love filled with mutual respect and admiration between Jack and Nearest. Tune in for all of that + the story of how an orphan and an enslaved fiddler player paved the way for whiskey in the U.S. more than 150 years ago.

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