Alex Battles learned to play country music by playing his tenor banjo along with Hank Williams records. His first performance on banjo — at a college coffeehouse concert — was a pastiche of Williams’ material injected with a Steve Martin sensibility.
After moving to New York, Battles began performing his blend of singing, songwriting, and storytelling with a band of musicians that came to be known as The Whisky Rebellion, an outfit measuring 1-7 persons depending on venue constraints and the weather. Alex Battles & The Whisky Rebellion have opened for Junior Brown, Dan Bern, and Teddy Thompson.
The Johnny Cash Birthday Bash has been the highlight of Alex Battles’ Whisky Rebellion’s career. Every year, they gather together with friends to perform the songs of the Man In Black. The Johnny Cash 82nd Birthday Bash will take place at The Bell House, February 28, 2014 – March 1, 2015.
Alex Battles song collections currently in release:
The Whisky Rebellion are:
Charlie Shaw. Old-time guitar and bass player. Drummer for The Whisky Rebellion. Known to David Sedaris fans as Randolph Feathers. Originally from North Carolina, Charlie enjoys college basketball.
Sammo. Folk punk song writer, performer, and producer. Hair band refugee with a swingin’ haircut. Nicknamed “The Genius”.
The Old Perfesser. Former New York Mets prospect and US Navy carrier pilot. Lead guitar player at the Johnny Cash Birthday Bash since 2007. Drives the Q train.
Fiddler Kari. Classically trained fiddle player from Connecticut. Founding member of the Calamity Janes.
Tina Lama. Jazz goddess extraordinaire. Leader of the Triplets of Belleville.
Danny Mulligan. Guitar player. Song writer. Oklahoman. Member of The Flanks. The Hearthrob of the Prairie.