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photo by Jack Hirschorn

Alex Battles plays a solo set in the front room at Freddy’s Bar at 4pm on the third Sunday of each month. Freddy’s Bar is located at 627 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. During his set, Alex sits in a booth and does his best to continue the vibe the bartender sets with her tunes, as losing the regulars is unhealthy for business! His favorite songs to play are Waiting For a Train, The Gambler, Hey Good Lookin’, Your Cheatin’ Heart, and Give My Love to Rose.

With his band, The Whisky Rebellion, Battles performs the Johnny Cash Birthday Bash each year at littlefield on the last weekend in February. This show has been an annual performance for Battles since 2005. Tickets are often scarce.

This year, on October 25, 2017 at littlefield, for the first time, Alex Battles & The Whisky Rebellion will perform a full show featuring the compositions of Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson. “This show is my calling.” says Battles.

In 1999, Battles went to Faceboyz Open Mike at Surf Reality, and began performing as Jesus & The Fish, a duo comedy act with a cardboard fish as a partner to Battles, who introduced himself as “Jesus”. One night, he got onstage and just felt like the audience needed to hear Hank songs, but he was not ready to just belt out “Your Cheatin’ Heart”.  In 2001, The Whisky Rebellion played its first show as the first band to play Lillie’s Bar in Red Hook. In 2004, Battles enlisted Dock Oscar, creator of the Kings County Opry and leader of the band Sweet William, to start the Brooklyn Country Music Festival at Freddy’s Bar. Back then, there were free hot dogs. Uncle Leon remembers them.

Probably his favorite achievement was starting The CasHank Hootenanny Jamboree, which happens the first Thursday of every month at Freddy’s Bar. The CasHank is for other people who wanted to be able to belt out “Your Cheatin’ Heart” in a bar. Battles handed the reins over awhile ago to Gary Keenan of the American String Conspiracy, The Old Perfesser, Alan Lee of the Whiskey Bumps, Diego, and Sgt. Spivak.

Battles occasionally teaches songwriting at The Jalopy Theatre & School of Music. His various home recordings are available on Alex Battles & The Whisky Rebellion bandcamp page.



Copyright 2014 Alex Battles.