Superb covers album by an artist who can own a song but disassembling and rebuilding it to make it sound like an original.
His take on Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star will gives little kids nightmares and the unnamed male in Red River Valley is now a guy who is likely to kill the girl this time around. Dowd becomes a fire and brimstone preacher when he takes over John the Revelator, a part he reprises for album’s closer, the spoken word lament Job 17:11-17. House of the Rising Sun is a song that has been murdered by many a poor boy trying to impress the fairer sex sitting around the camp fire. Dowd is the man who takes his instrument away without blinking an eye and throws it into the flames after he is done with it.
A good cover makes other versions sound bleak and boring and after listening to Twinkle, Twinkle any straightforward take will sound superfluous. What Jimi Hendrix did for Dylan’s All Along The Watchtoweris what Dowd did for these traditionals. He owns them and he won’t give them back now that he has completed his mission to drag Americana into the 21st century.
Johnny and Mike return to Maxies with their alternative country rock. With an upcoming release and a European tour in March, get in here to see Johnny warm up the band and our ears. Always free and always kid friendly
Before Johnny Dowdheads out to Europe to promote his new album Family Picnic – due for release in March – his Stateside fans will have a handful of opportunities to see him perform with musical partner in crime Michael Edmondson on guitar.
Local musicians fundraiser and office party at Maxie’s-All Welcome!
Of course, we have no photos of the future show, but here’s some shots from last year at The Haunt. Johnny-centric as usual (per the blog name!) but a great show with many local talents. Check the poster-you can catch them again this Sunday!
Raw power from the old school, some familiar, most not, all killer no filler. Wild R&B shouters, lysergic weirdos, avant-garage, hillbillies, rockabillies, funky freaks, soul crooners, outsiders, acid blues, odds & ends served up by your host with the most Rocket Morton.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Johnny on the radio, always unpredictable<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<