News & Rambling

News & Rambling

Facebook group for Fans of The Whisky Rebellion

Facebook invites. I know, right? Ubiquitous, annoying, misplaced. I get it. Well, Mr. Sheldrake, all your troubles are over. From now on, I’ll only be sending event invites to the folks in this group: Fans of Alex Battles & The Whisky Rebellion. It’ll also be a place for people to share photos, recordings etc.

Or course, all of our shows will also be posted on our The Whisky Rebellion likezone at Facebook, on my Twitter account, as well as here on

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

-Alex o/b/o The Whisky Rebellion

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2013 Alex Battles & The Whisky Rebellion shows

Fri, Jan. 18, Jimmy’s no 43, New York, NY, 10pm, Alex Battles Trio at the Sugar Mountain Showcase

Tue, Jan 22, Piano’s, New York, NY, 9pm, Alex Battles & the Whisky Rebellion at St. John’s College Music Night

Thr. Jan 24, Rodeo Bar, New York, NY, 9pm, Alex Battles & The Whisky Rebellion / Jack Grace Band

Sat. Feb 16, Union Hall, Brooklyn, NY, 11pm, Alex Battles & The Whisky Rebellion / Karen & the Sorrows / Tatters & Rags

Sat. Mar 2, Bell House, Brooklyn, NY, 9pm, Alex Battles & The Whisky Rebellion at the Johnny Cash 81st Birthday Bash (GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!)

Fri. Apr 19, Bell House, Brooklyn, NY, 10pm, Alex Battles & The Whisky Rebellion  at the 5th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival

More to come! Stay tuned!

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Tickets to the Johnny Cash 81st Birthday Bash are on sale now!


Photo by Michelle Talich

Tickets to the Johnny Cash 81st Birthday Bash at Bell House on Saturday, March 2, 2013 are now on sale at Ticketweb.  The show has sold out every year since 2005.  If you’re reading this right now, you’re obviously thinking of going to the show. And if you’re thinking of going you should best reach into your wallet/purse/fanny pack/money clip right and pull out your credit card and click on this link and buy some tickets.

At the show, Alex Battles & The Whisky Rebellion will play Johnny Cash songs all night long. Special guests, films, DJs and more! We hope to see you there!


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I’m sick of this shit about Lindsay Lohan.


the girl is great. She really is. She’s funny, she’s got great timing. She’s beautiful.

OK. Short list there.

Go ahead, read yer damn NY Times pieces on the ladies of SNL. yada yada yada on the old funny/pretty trap whatever. I’m not in on it. I don’t care.

All I’m sayin’ ya jerks, is she’s funny. She’s good. She’s talented. And we cannot afford to just throw talented people to the damn curb here all the time for our own amusement.

Like we did to

Elvis Presley

Sammy Davis Jr.

Marilyn Monroe

Lenny Bruce

Look. Lindsay’s good at what she does, she’s just being told she’s just HOT. Which she is, fine, but she’s also funny as hell. She is or Mean Girls would have sucked and you know it.

And this goes for Miley too. I know we’re not there yet, but the Pink haircut is worrisome.


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I wish there were a prequel to the Parent Trap.

I’d really like to see a prequel to the original Parent Trap. I’d like to have been the Disney executive who looked at the box office receipts for the film and said. “Hell yes! We’ve got a dynamo on our hands here! The cast is in place already and people really wanna know more about these characters! It’s a winner, Walt!”

And if Walt Disney were some sort of bizarro Walt Disney who didn’t hold narrative to a very high level of scrutiny, bizarro Walt Disney would totally greanlight my idea and assign me writers to work on the script. When they walked into the office, this is what I’d tell them.

OK, here’s what we’ve got. We’ve got Brian Keith and Maureen O’Hara. A California rancher and a Boston socialite. Now somehow, they’ve got to meet each other and get married. Let’s go ahead and assume they met at one of those high level debutante balls in New York where socialites are paired with graduates of West Point. I can totally see Brian Keith as a West Point man. Now they fall in love. They get married. They have a perfect pair of twins. Then. SOMETHING HAPPENS.


The writers look at me.

Something SO HORRIBLE needs to happen to these characters that they decide it’s best if they move to opposite ends of the country and never tell their children they have a sibling.

I’ll admit I’m a bit stuck there.

Moving on. At this point, we’re going to need some kind of a “lying montage” to cover the next 14 years of the girls’ lives. Tell the Sherman Brothers to start working on that. Something like “So, do I have another parent?” Or “Identical twins must be kept apart!” would be an ideal opening line.

I think the movie ends with both girls reading an advertisement for Camp Inch in Life magazine, but I’m open to suggestions on that.

What do you think?


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