I’ve said it before, but it’s always a blast to get called up to contribute to any of Chris Maggard’s projects. The guy does it right. But for this particular case, he did it big. And Harlan, Kentucky deserves big. What a unique town with a rich history fertilized with American spirit — and tragedy. For a quaint piece of Appalachia, its story packs a walloping sucker punch. The Manzo Shepherd story barely scratches the complexities of Harlan’s past. There are so many stories to be shared. Through pride and exuberance of the great people who I personally encountered there, we will hear more from Harlan again.
But for now, let’s celebrate the “Manzo Shepherd Story.” It’s horrible. It’s haunting. It’s twistedly fun. It’s true grit justice that Harlan dishes out ice cold. I encourage each of you to contact Chris Maggard, PayPal him the $17 (that includes shipping) at firstname.lastname@example.org and get your copy. My video posted here is just a teaser / highlight reel of my brief visit to assist with the project. But you need the DVD to grasp the full scope of the blood, sweat, and more blood spilt for Harlan.