Avalos honors death of ‘Punk Rock Johnny Cash’

On Nov. 6, Jesse Morris, also known as “Punk Rock Johnny Cash” died after years of entertaining BART riders with his playing of Johnny Cash tunes at the 24th Street BART station.

On Tuesday, Supervisor John Avalos introduced a memorial to honor his passing.

“I will start off paraphrasing Johnny Cash: ‘I hear the BART training a-coming, it’s squealing ‘round the bend,’” Avalos said.

Avalos went on to explain that Morris was “a big tattooed guy in a studded jacket who busked at BART stations, singing Johnny Cash songs with an uncanny impersonation of Cash’s baritone.”

While his appearance might have been intimidating, Avalos said, he “was a warm and friendly guy with a great sense of humor.”

Morris also worked the door at Mini Bar on Divisadero, “where he was a much loved member” of that community.

He was recording a new country album when he died. Seven tracks from that album are available for download for a suggested donation of $5 to help pay for his memorial service at: differentfurstudios.com.

You can watch his performance of “Sunday Morning Coming Down” here or below.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

 

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