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Top ten records on the turntable

I like these records a lot. These are records that never disappoint. Either side makes me want to hear the other one.

  1. Memphis Slim – Born With the Blues
  2. The Dave Brubeck Quartet Plays Music From West Side Story And…
  3. Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd – Jazz Samba
  4. Erroll Garner – Up In Erroll’s Room (featuring The Brass Bed)
  5. Lee Morgan – The Sidewinder
  6. Ray Charles – The Great Ray Charles
  7. Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto – GETZ/GILBERTO
  8. Ella Fitzgerald – these are the blues
  9. Red Garland – Red In Bluesville
  10. Charlie Parker – Bird/The Savoy Recordings (Master Takes)
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Johnny Cash 86th Birthday Bash at littlefield, February 24 & 25, 2018


The Johnny Cash 86th Birthday Bash

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Sunday, February 25, 2018

littlefield, 635 Sackett St., Brooklyn, NY

The Johnny Cash 86th Birthday Bash starring Alex Battles & the Whisky Rebellion with special guest Miss Linda Hill returns to littlefield on Saturday, February 24, 2018 and Sunday, February 25, 2018. This year’s show pays special tribute to ‘At Folsom Prison’, the landmark concert album recorded fifty years ago in 1968. Cash had performed at prisons since releasing the song “Folsom Prison Blues” on Sun Records in 1955. Released as a single, the live recording of “Folsom Prison Blues” from ‘At Folsom Prison’ reached #1 on the C&W charts and catapulted Cash to even higher levels international stardom. Soon after, he could be seen hosting of “The Johnny Cash Show,” a weekly ABC variety show recorded at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Johnny Cash Birthday Bash has been an annual event in Brooklyn for Alex Battles & The Whisky Rebellion since 2005. Patrons are welcomed a mix of country favorites from DJ General Buell on the wheels of brushed aluminum as doors open at 8pm. After Battles encourages guests to shake hands and wish each other “Happy Birthday” so that “we are all Johnny Cash”, the seven-piece Whisky Rebellion take the stage in front of a painted backdrop by LJ Lindhurst to re-create the music of The Man In Black at 9pm. Performing the iconic June Carter duets with Alex will be writer, performer, and comedienne Miss Linda Hill.

The Johnny Cash Birthday Bash has sold out every year since its inception. Advance tickets are strongly recommended.

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Johnny Cash Birthday Bash at littlefield, February 24 & 25, 2017

Johnny Cash Birthday Bash at Littlefield starring Alex Battles & The Whisky Rebellion.

The Johnny Cash Birthday Bash will be at Littlefield on Friday, February 24, 2017 and Saturday, February 25, 2017.

Since 2005, Alex Battles has hosted an annual celebration of the Man In Black. Joined by his band, The Whisky Rebellion, Battles sings a calvalcade of favorites including “Big River”, “Folsom Prison Blues“, “Ring of Fire“, “Jackson”, “I Walk The Line”, “I’ve Been Everywhere“, “One Piece at a Time”, “I Still Miss Someone”, “Daddy Sang Bass“, and many, many more!

Tickets to this event are now available for online purchase.

Johnny Cash Birthday Bash
Friday, February 24, 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017
622 Degraw Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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Have Fun Writing Songs at Jalopy School of Music, Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Have Fun Writing Songs starts Tuesday, November 1, at the Jalopy Theatre & School of MusicHave Fun Writing Songs with Alex Battles
Tuesdays at 7pm

November 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd
In this course, students will learn the songwriting theories of local songwriter Alex Battles. Each week, students will discuss their favorite music followed by a session in which they will create some of their own. The only musical requirement for this class is the stated desire to sing an original song to another person. Students will be welcome – but not required – to share their creations with each other in subsequent weeks.
Each week, students will be required to bring a writing implement they enjoy utilizing, as well as a paper tablet or notebook of their choosing. Musical instruments of any type – other than the human voice – are not necessary for this course. After the first week, students will be welcome –but not required – to bring instruments for self-accompaniment of newly created works.
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