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Union Hall was turned into something of a roadhouse last night, courtesy of two of the leaders of the Brooklyn country music revival. Sean Kershaw and the New Jack Ramblers warmed things up with a set of heartfelt songs, delivered with a Willie Nelson twang. And, headlining was Alex Battles and the Whisky Rebellion, whose booze-fueled charisma seemed to teeter on the brink of collapse. This, of course, is all part of Alex's charm, along with his amazing, often hilarious songs that transport the ballads of Texas and Tennessee to the urban range of NYC. (This rendition of "You Live in Queens" should ring true for anyone who's ever chased a girl/guy to the outerboroughs.)

For those who missed last night's show (guess there are a lot of folks who prefer made-for-TV music), Alex will be hosting the upcoming Brooklyn Country Music Festival at Hank's Saloon (9/30-10/2). Alex and the Rebellion play Sunday afternoon during the 37th annual Atlantic Antic: be sure to stop by, as this may be the last hurrah for Hank's, which is set to be razed any day now.

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