Jesse Morris, a local musician and BART busking staple with an uncanny take on Johnny Cash, died Sunday, Nov. 6, in his home, according to friends and colleagues. Morris had survived a suicide attempt by hanging in September, but did not survive a second attempt over the weekend.
Morris, who had just turned 28, also worked as a bar bouncer, but was better known as the Punk Rock Johnny Cash, playing raucous yet melodious music original songs and covers with his band, Jesse Morris and the Man Cougars.
For commuters in BART's Mission and Montgomery stations, though, Morris was also a regular fixture, performing Cash songs for the crowds flooding through BART faregates.
Morris and the Man Cougars were slated to play tonight (Nov. 11) at the Uptown in Oakland. Instead, the club is hosting a benefit concert for Morris's family, where local boys The Grannies and the Undead Boys will play.