Steve Earle, "Copperhead Road"
John Lee Pettimore comes from a long line of bootleggers and moonshine distillers. He volunteers for the Army after his father dies during an illegal liquor run to Knoxville, only to return to Copperhead Road following two tours of Vietnam. Back at home, John expands the family business by growing pot in the same hollow that once contained his granddad's moonshine still. Written after some of Steve Earle's own brushes with the law, "Copperhead Road" is a song about the circular nature of crime in rural America, making it the country-rock equivalent of a "Boardwalk Empire" episode… or the hillbilly version of a Godfather movie.
Suggested actors: Billy Crudup as John Lee Pettimore, Bruce Dern as Grandfather Pettimore