Johnny Cash 84th Birthday Bash at The Hall at MP

                              Battles & The Old Perfesser by
                              Michelle Talich
The Johnny Cash 85th Birthday Bash
Alex Battles & Whisky Rebellion
with special guest Linda Hill

622 DeGraw St., Brooklyn, NY 11215

Linda Hill by Jonathan Melvin Smith
(Linda Hill photo by Jonaht

Tickets on sale now!

Friday, February 24, 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017


Press coverage of past Johnny Cash Birthday Bash events:

Brooklyn Magazine

I went to my first Johnny Cash Birthday Bash in 2009. I lament that I never quite got into Cash while he was still alive, or during formative portions of my youth; but at the party I found, to my delight, that through Battles–whose deep bass and highly-entertaining renditions of Cash’s music–I was given the next best thing, the closest approximation, I felt, anyone can have of watching the man himself perform live.

- Natalie Rinn, Brooklyn Magazine, 2016
Village Voice

-Approval Matrix
Ten 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"

Elmore Magazine
Brooklyn Paper
No Depression
Once inside, an uproar of music poured from the 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
Battles 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
"One 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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Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash

Johnny "J.R." Cash was born on February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas. He grew up singing along with his family while working in the cotton fields. After a stint in the U.S. Air Force, Cash moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where his brother Roy introduced him to guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant who would be dubbed the Tennessee Two by Sun Records producer Sam Philips upon signing Cash in 1955. In 1958, Cash left the label to sign with Columbia Records.

Johnny Cash - Hello,
                          I'm Johnny Cash

On September 12, 2003, Johnny Cash passed away at the age of 71. In all, he had recorded ninety six albums, and been inducted into the Halls of Fame for Country, Rock ’N’ Roll, and Gospel Music.


Alex Battles & The Whisky
                          Rebellion by Michelle Talich

Alex Battles grew up listening to Johnny Cash in Ohio. He started performing solo at open mike nights in New York City in 1999.  Battles’ first Johnny Cash tribute show took place a week after the death of the Man In Black. In 2004, Battles started the monthly CasHank Hootenanny Jamboree, a jam for amateur strummers of classic country hits. In 2005, Battles organized his first Johnny Cash Birthday Bash at Lillie’s in Red Hook with the help of The Lonesome Prairie Dogs, organizers of another New York City country tradition, the annual New Year’s Day Hank-O-Rama.

In 2006, the Johnny Cash Birthday Bash moved to Southpaw, where Battles met The Old Perfesser, a train-driving native of Brooklyn who had spent his youth learning all of Luther Perkins licks on guitar. Battles enlisted The Old Perfesser into The Whisky Rebellion and they have collaborated on each edition since 2007.