Alex Battles for Mayor of New York

Good evening, New York City.

This morning I announced my candidacy for the Mayorship of New York.  I believe that any New Yorker should be unashamed of wanting to be the Mayor of New York. Are you a New Yorker? Are proud of it? Announce your candidacy. It’s not that hard.


The Whisky Rebellion at the Brooklyn Folk Festival. 4/19/13

We are very, very excited and honored to be playing the opening night of the 5th Brooklyn Folk Festival. We’ll be the penultimate act of the night, following Minnesota’s Cactus Blossoms, and preceding The Brain Cloud! And that’s only half the bill! Kristen Andreassen & Critter Eldridge! Chevron Traktors! Jackson Lynch! Joey Arbata! The whole weekend is great, so look into the three day pass! Get your tickets for the show now.



Next up. Pete’s Candy Store. 4/9/13 & more

I’ll be playing solo at Pete’s Candy Store on Tuesday, April 9 at 11pm. Pete’s is a small intimate venue with delicious sandwiches and beer and cocktails. I like playing there and I’m glad to be back. I’m playing after Lily Henly who looks like a real treat. Bring all your friends who don’t gotta wake up early on Wednesday. You’ve got a couple. I know you.


Alex Battles. Photo by Jack Hirschorn.

Alex Battles. Photo by Jack Hirschorn.

Jack In A Box. My favorite show.

Jack In A Box is an original web series written and starring Michael Cyril Creighton. Creighton plays an actor with an MFA working in a box office in New York City. I haven’t seen any series with an arc this well-formed since the original Office. The entire thing could be a feature film. I don’t know why it’s not.

In a time when almost every YouTube video has an ad on it. Jack In A Box has none in its entire series. The irony that a brilliantly made show about struggling artists has far fewer views than any number of cat videos is addressed early on.

The only problem with Jack In A Box is that it’s almost impossible to try to explain it so someone at a bar, get them to remember the name, etc. Where is it? It’s about the fast food place? It’s by the Jurassic Park guy? So I’m linking to it here, in the hopes that I can just say, oh it’s on my website. Whisky, but without the e. Right. Oh sure, that’s gonna help.

Anyway, I don’t know these guys, but after 18 years of living in New York, I feel like I do.  Here’s the link to Episode 1. If you’re not hooked by Episode 6, “Mother”, then probably you oughta go watch the Slingshot Channel instead.

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3/29 Friday night Battles & Shaky play at Jimmy’s no. 43!

Down the steps to a basement in the East Village, through thronging crowds of hungry Friday night flesh, grab a drink at the bar and take a left, where the cat collective munches pretzels and applauds string-driven storytelling at The Sugar Mountain Showcase, musician Peter Arvo’s regular showcase of folk music.

10:00 – Eva Salina Primack – Stunning Balkan sounds
10:30 – Alex Battles – like something legends are made of
11:00 – Feral Foster -if musicians were guns he’d be a cannon
11:30 – Peter Arvo and The Hunt – Your host
12:00 – Brian Dolphin – Leads the crowd in ethnic song
12:30 – Morton Millen – Horse-man extraordinairebattlesandshakes

Alex plays the Ruckus, March 6, 2013

For five years, Feral Foster has tirelessly curated Roots ‘n Ruckus, a weekly showcase of folk music in New York City. Alex first performed at this event in 2007 will be performing again on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 10:30pm at The Fabulous Jalopy Theatre at 315 Columbia St in Brooklyn, New York.

Miss Tess & Alex Battles, Thrs Feb 21, Jalopy Theatre

We’re very excited to be playing with the venerable Miss Tess as she returns from her tour of the Midwest. This will be an intimate show featuring our sweet and humourous material. Tickets are on sale now at the Jalopy Theatre website.

The Johnny Cash 81st Birthday Bash, March 2, 2013 at Bell House

We’re very excited to be returning to the Bell House this year for the Johnny Cash 81st Birthday Bash. This show has been sold out every year since its inception in 2005, so please buy your tickets in advance. We’ll have the whole crew in place, featuring The Old Perfesser on guitar, Shaky Dave on Harmonica, Kari on the fiddle, Sammo on the guitars, Charlie on the drums and Tina on the bass. Watch this space for further updates and details.

Here’s some video from last year’s show.

Here’s a picture of Alex with the banner created last year by his favorite painter in the world, LJ Lindhurst!


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

February 16 @ Union Hall with Tatters & Rags / Karen & the Sorrows

This is going to be a truly exciting show. We’re thrilled to be playing with Karen & The Sorrows and Tatters & Rags at the venerable Union Hall. It’s only the second time we’ve played Union Hall so I hope you’ll come out and hear some great music underneath the bocce courts!