9–4-08 Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN poster by Chris Shaw

9/4/08 Moonalice poster by Chris ShawSep­tem­ber 4, 2008 Mercy Lounge, Nashville, Tennessee
Moon­al­ice poster by Chris Shaw

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, Nashville was one of the orig­i­nal bases of the Moon­al­ice tribe. From before recorded his­tory began, the tribe lived hap­pily in this area. It was here in Nashville that many Moon­al­ice tra­di­tions evolved, both in music and agri­cul­ture. What we dis­cov­ered is that the ancient tribe smoked liked chim­neys. Hemp in those days was far more prim­i­tive than it is now. You had to smoke a cou­ple pounds to get a buzz. To pro­tect the envi­ron­ment, the tribe con­structed spe­cial build­ings that have sur­vived to the present time. They called them Smok­ing Barns. You may know them from the role they play in cur­ing tobacco for cig­ars, but do you know what actu­ally goes on inside a Smok­ing Barn? The Leg­end knows!

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, tribal agri­cul­ture and music have always shared a spe­cial bond in the area that is now Nashville. The tribal clans helped each other out in ways we have not seen else­where in the tribe. At har­vest time, thou­sands of mem­bers of the musi­cal clan put down their instru­ments and went into the fields. Why? Why here? Then it hit us. Of course the musi­cians near Nashville would go into the fields at har­vest time! They’re pickers!!!


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