In honor of Johnny Cash's 76th birthday, local country maven Alex Battles followed in the footsteps of Joaquin Phoenix and recreated the Man in Black's legendary performance at Folsom Prison [where in 1968, Johnny Cash gave a concert that would later famously give his fans a peek inside prison walls.] The performance occurred at Southpaw on February 23, 2008.
Alex Battles is a country singer and songwriter, and the leader of The Whiskey Rebellion, a country band based in Brooklyn, NY.
Originally from Chesterland, OH, Battles writes country songs by turns funny and bittersweet on his grandfather's tenor banjo. His influences are John Prine, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits and Tom T. Hall. He is also the editor of Bob Dylan's Coffee Table, a blog about his favorite songwriters. Battles has written a respectable 113 songs himself.
Battles is the founder and host of such events as the the Brooklyn Country Music Festival, The CasHank Hootenanny Jamboree, & The Johnny Cash Birthday Bash.
-- Whisky Rebellion