Feeling Bad Tour @ Worm Feb. 9

 

Johnny Dowd (US) + Melle de Boer

 

 

Language is a subject of constant debate in The Avantgardistic State. What is it best used for, and how? Here we have two exponents who take this linguistic to-and-fro down a country path [sic]. Expect a combination of Dutch and American grassroots music at its most fundamental.

Melle de Boer
Melle de Boer, known for his act Smutfish and his love of the American folk tradition addresses the idea that Dutch acts need to sing in English to be “successful”. Through his love of the American song tradition. De Boer will be joined by Suzanne Ypma.

Johnny Dowd
Johnny Dowd is an American alt country musician from Ithaca, New York. Expect songs full of experimental, noisy breaks with a strong int of the American Gothic and black humour. Many have compared his music to that of Tom Waits and Captain Beefheart. Dowd will be joined by guitarist Mike Edmondson.

 – Original site

Going down the road feeling bad | Johnny Dowd & Melle de Boer

Johnny Dowd and Melle de Boer travel through the Netherlands as a double bill. Their Going Down the Road Feeling Bad tour marks the occasion of the release of their new albums. Dowd and The Boer play their own songs and, in the collaborative part of the show, perform their joint, unconventional take on American traditional music.

Artist and musician Melle de Boer is known as the lead singer of his band Smutfish. Their 2003 debut record Lawnmower Mind is widely regarded as the founding album of Dutch ‘country noir’. American musician Johnny Dowd lives and breathes American blues, folk and country music, reinterpreting their traditions in his own experimental and darkly humorous way. Dowd and De Boer both have a knack for the eclectic. Don’t expect a sleepy singer songwriter night: their songs are beautiful, urgent, chaotic, loud, noisy, soothing, and above all, unforgettable.

Da Music reviews Twinkle Twinkle

 

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Hoewel je met Johnny Dowd uiteraard nooit weet, geeft het openingsnummer van ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ al aan waar de man naartoe wil: een vervolg maken op zijn ‘Execute American Folklore‘, maar dan nog verder doorgedreven.

Dat uit zich dan in de instrumentkeuze (drummachine, synth, gitaar en de stemmen van hemzelf en Anna Coogan), maar nog meer in de liedjes, die hij hier brengt. Want het betreft hier grotendeels covers van (traditionele) folksongs. Alleen kleedt hij die zodanig anders in (of uit) dat enkel nog het melodietje overblijft.

Trouble In Mind verdrinkt bijvoorbeeld in een modderpoel van synths waarover Dowd dan zijn grafrede afsteekt. Als Belg ben je uiteraard niet meteen vertrouwd met al die “klassiekers” als Going Down The Road Feeling Bad, dat dan wel een min of meer vrolijk deuntje meekrijgt, maar toch bijzonder zwartgallig overkomt, zoals dat eigenlijk met alle songs het geval is; niet in het minst met het eerder al vermelde Execute American Folklore, Again, de enige song van zijn eigen hand, waarin hij van alles “radio-active bile” maakt.

Maar naargeestig is de man allerminst. Want de humor druipt af van iets als Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star. Wrange humor, dat dan weer wel, maar desalniettemin humor. Ongetwijfeld zal hij hiermee op lange tenen trappen, want de Amerikaanse traditie, mag daar wel aan geraakt worden? Wie Dowd een beetje kent, weet daarop trouwens al meteen diens antwoord.

Dit zijn gewoon hoogst originele versies van songs als Tom DooleyHouse Of The Rising Sun (nee, het origineel is niet van The Animals) of Oh, My Darling Clementine, liedjes die hier dan wel iets bekender in de oren klinken. En dat hij de plaat afsluit met een citaat uit de bijbel zegt veel over waar hij vandaan komt; de manier waarop zegt dan weer iets over wat hij daarover denkt.

Johnny Dowd is nooit voor een gat te vangen geweest en bewijst hiermee dat zijn liedje – of het nu zijn eigen liedje dan wel een cover is – nog lang niet uitgezongen is. Deze man staat voor alles open en daarvoor kan je alleen maar bewondering hebben. Dat de muziek ook bijna kinderlijk boeiend blijft, is dan een niet te versmaden pluspunt.

Johnny Dowd trekt in januari en februari door Nederland, maar zal in België slechts één keer te zien zijn.

 – Original source

Although you never know with Johnny Dowd, the opening track of ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ already indicates where the man wants to go: making a sequel to his ‘ Execute American Folklore ‘, but then even further.

This then manifests itself in the choice of instrument (drum machine, synth, guitar and the voices of himself and Anna Coogan), but even more in the songs that he brings here. Because this mainly concerns covers of (traditional) folk songs. Only he who clothes in (or out) so different that only the melody remains.

Trouble In Mind , for example, drowns in a mud pool of synths about which Dowd then juts off his eulogy. As a Belgian, you obviously are not immediately familiar with all those “classics” as Going Down The Road Feeling Bad , which then gets a more or less cheerful tune, but still comes across as extremely black, as is actually the case with all songs; not in the least with the aforementioned Execute American Folklore, Again , the only song of his own hand, in which he makes everything “radio-active bio”.

But the man is by no means gloomy. Because the humor drips with something like Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star .Srange humor, that again, but nonetheless humor. Undoubtedly he will be keen on long toes, because the American tradition, can it be touched? Anyone who knows Dowd a little bit knows his answer right away.

These are just highly original versions of songs like Tom Dooley , House Of The Rising Sun (no, the original is not from The Animals) or Oh, My Darling Clementine , songs that sound a bit more familiar here. And that he closes the record with a quote from the Bible says a lot about where he comes from; the way in which then says something about what he thinks about it.

Johnny Dowd has never been able to catch a hole and proves that his song – whether it’s his own song or a cover – is by no means sung. This man is open to everything and for that you can only admire. The fact that the music also remains almost childishly fascinating is a plus point.

Johnny Dowd travels through the Netherlands in January and February , but will only be seen once in Belgium.

 – Translation by Google

Johnny Spinning Vinyl – Atlas Bowl

poster_20161117atlasCheck out the best music in T-burg this Thursday as Johnny and Mike spin the best of Garage, Blues, Psych & Soul from the 50’s-70’s!

Great food and drink speicals, plus half-priced bowling all night long at Atlas Bowl !

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Johnny Dowd and I are spinning the wax from our own record collections at Atlas Bowl in Trumansburg this Thursday night. Y’all *know* what this means . . . lotsa crazy stuff, ALL killer ALL thriller NO filler! – Mike Cook

 

Potlista reviews Execute American Folklore

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http://www.johnnydowd.com/new-record/

 – Original Article

If there is a perverse music, it is this, Johnny Dowd. Someone his music from me unfathomable reason called alternative country. It has a hint of the direction that the music of Johnny Dowd as much today in the streams of the Black Hills, the home of the Lakota Sioux, has gold dust. Therefore, it is much more present in the form of exaggerated funk bass, rap as a torrent of verbal expression and experimental music that is heard in the form of various unpleasant and poluprijatnih sounds produced by synthesizers. There are guitar solos that I regarded as one of the genre. How it all together sounds? As something that will not sell or will attract curious listener open to experimentation. Because, as much as Johnny Dowd combines incompatible, it has a groove. So, curious listener open to experimentation, thanks to the grooves that seemed right William “Bootsy” Collins and John “Jabo” Starks of unsurpassed JB’sa, will somehow swallowed operatic soul female vocalist and splintered solo on trumpet accompanied by a rhythm section in songs “Mr.Muggles”. She swims in the next, “Rhumba In The Park”, which is really rumba, but only sounds like it was sung by Bob Dylan imitators imitating Frank Sinatra. This is grafted as wrong coalesced fracture for “Whiskey Ate My Brain” which begins as a dialogue mister Dowd, whose vocals passed through the telephone with dvadesetprvovekovnom incarnation some vocal girl-groups of the sixties and ends with the guitar solo worthy of Frank Zappa in his wildest moments. Because it turned out that I did not even curious not open as much as I thought, this is for me the execution of American folklore ended. But Johnny Dowd is not so easy to give up, he continued to hit out at him more good fifteen minutes to the finishing touch, the title song. And when we thought it was all over, American folklore is again rears its ugly head in the final, “A World Without Me”. This would be almost appealing pop song (because pop is American folklore!) That the guitar is not all the time matched the melody one and the same too noisy riff. As said by the chorus: “Oh, Johnny, Johnny, you have to go.” Better you than me! (Srdjan Strajnić)

– Translation by Google

 

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