coverage of past Johnny Cash Birthday Bash events:
years ago, Alex Battles' life changed when a friend
asked him to perform at her bar in Red Hook to mark
the birthday of the late Johnny Cash. The event grew
increasingly popular, moving to bigger venues and
expanding from one night to an entire weekend.
-Hal Bienstock, amNY
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010,
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Village Voice "Choice"
inside, an uproar of music poured from the stage...as
Alex Battles and the Whisky Rebellion whipped through
Cash’s catalogue. Performing classic nuggets and
rarities, they transported us back to Sun Studios, the
Grand Ole Opry, and Folsom Prison with precision and
zest. You should have seen the harmonica player—dude
played like he invented the damn thing. And by the
time Battles sang “But I shot a man in Reno,” there
was not a single person in the crowd who didn’t
yell, “…just to watch him die!” Johnny Cash
fans: you get it.
- Melissa Caruso, Elmore Magazine
said the concerts also give Brooklynites who have been
cooped up because of the cold a chance to blow off
some steam — and he has seen the power Cash’s music
can have on stressed-out souls first-hand. Years ago,
Battles said he was sure he was about to witness a bar
brawl when suddenly, Cash’s tunes began blaring from a
jukebox and the music diffused the situation.
- Vanessa Ogle, Brooklyn Paper
February night, along the half-abandoned Brooklyn
waterfront, Johnny Cash had a birthday party. A couple
hundred people had packed a former longeshoreman's bar
to hear the songs of Cash and his in-laws, the Carter
Family. Outside, a steady stream of yellow cabs pulled
up, delivering locals and slumming Gothamites who'd
heard about a 'scene' in deepest darkest Brooklyn."
- Robert Baird, No Depression
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