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Johnny Baker’s hillbilly accent is as authentic as the moonshine his family has been making for generations, and he uses it to marked effect as he entertains tourists at their Gatlinburg distillery. “We are making coooorn liquor—moonshine,” Baker says, stretching out the vowel to emphasize the appeal of a distillate with a shady, complicated past.
Nigel Redden is general director of Charleston’s Spoleto Festival and director of Lincoln Center Festival in New York. “In the performing arts world, Russian violinist Yuriy Bekker recently became the acting artistic director of the...