Alex Battles presents... 
The CasHank
Hootenanny Jamboree
a monthly sing-strum-and-stomp-along
dedicated to the music of
Hank Williams, Johnny Cash & much more.






the first Thursday of every month
at Freddy's Bar
627 5th Avenue (between 17th St. & 18th St.)
Brooklyn, NY
Since 2004

The CasHank Hootenanny Jamboree starts at 9pm!

September 6, 2012
October 4, 2012
November 1, 2012
December 1, 2012

January 3, 2013
February 7, 2013
March 7, 2013
April 4, 2013

The CasHank Hootenanny Jamboree was started by a guy who'd been to one jam, maybe two(?), and was frustrated by the fact that he didn't know the tunes, and couldn't solo. So. with the bravado of ignorance and mania on his side, he started the CasHank Hootenanny Jamboree, a monthly sing-and-stomp-along to well-known, old country songs. Our motto:

Four chords. No Plugs. All welcome.

New York Magazine: Critic's Pick
Highfalutin country-music fans will rejoice at this monthly jamboree where Johnny Cash and Hank Williams are the stars of the playlist. A stringent four-chord rule holds sway so joining the session can be as simple as singing/playing from your seat, or if you're a more seasoned instrumentalist, jumping onstage behind host Alex Battle. It all adds up to a convivial blur of expert fiddlers, plucky pluckers, and amateur crooners reprising "Ring of Fire" or "On the Road Again." Should you feel compelled to request something other than Cash or Hank, please stick to old standbys like "You Are My Sunshine" lest you be run outta town.

The Village Voice, Best of NYC, Best Hootenanny Series
: The last Thursday of every month, Buttermilk hosts the CASHANK HOOTENANNY JAMBOREE, "an acoustic classic country jam" where everyone is invited to play country songs from before 1970, preferably written by Hank Williams or Johnny Cash. Songs must contain four chords or less, so eager locals, filling the room with their banjos, fiddles, washboards, and tambourines, can follow along. The rowdy strumming, along with a pitcher of Yuengling, is enough to soothe a cowboy's heartache.

They came from... well, I don't know where the hell they all came from, but they showed up--guitars, basses, banjos, fiddles, and mandolins in hand--with one purpose in mind: to sit around, have a few drinks, and bang out songs by two legends who need no last-name introduction: Johnny and Hank.

The CasHank Hootenanny Jamboree, held monthly in the platformed corner of Park Slope's Buttermilk Bar, is the brainchild of Alex Battles, who, after visiting several local old-time jams, "got tired of not knowing any of the songs." His solution: to create an open acoustic-jam gathering  comprised entirely of "new" old standards--mainly, the songs of Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. That doesn't mean the rules are strict: more than one player (myself included) did other people's songs that Johnny covered.

Like all good impromptu jams, the event was light on precision and heavy on passion. There's a certain sloppy magic to watching a group of musical strangers frowning at each other, trying to figure out chord changes, only to fall suddenly into smiling, harmonious sync.

-Uncle Leon, Brooklyn Country