Feeling Bad Tour @ Cloud Nine Feb. 10



Twee gelijkgestemde zielen bundelen hun krachten in de ‘Going down the road feeling bad’-tournee! Beeldend kunstenaar/muzikant Melle de Boer is frontman van de band Smutfish – hun debuutalbum Lawnmower Mind (2003), vol melancholisch existentialisme, geldt als grondlegger van de Nederlandse ‘country noir’. De Amerikaanse singer-songwriter Johnny Dowd put voor zijn alt.country uit dezelfde donkere bron als De Boer – niet voor niets wordt hij vergeleken met Nick Cave, Tom Waits en Captain Beefheart. Dowd komt in december 2017 met een nieuw album vol interpretaties van Amerikaanse folk klassiekers. De traditionele liedjes worden precies zoals ze horen te klinken gebracht door Dowd en De Boer gebracht: vol met ziel, actualiteit en elektriciteit. Verwacht geen slaperige singer-songwriteravond, maar een concert vol contrasten!


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Two like-minded souls join forces in the ‘Going down the road feeling bath’ tour! Visual artist / musician Melle de Boer is frontman of the band Smutfish – their debut album Lawnmower Mind (2003), full of melancholic existentialism, is the founder of the Dutch ‘country noir’.The American singer-songwriter Johnny Dowd draws for his alt.country from the same dark source as De Boer – not for nothing he is compared to Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Captain Beefheart. Dowd arrives in December 2017 with a new album full of interpretations of American folk classics. The traditional songs are brought exactly as they should be brought by Dowd and De Boer: full of soul, current and electricity. Do not expect a sleepy singer-songwriter’s evening, but a concert full of contrasts!

Live @ The Silver Line Fri. 8/25 8pm

Friday at the Silver Line Tap Room: 

One of Ithaca’s true legends, Johnny Dowd settled in town in the ‘70s and never looked back, creating a body of work, varied, progressive and sharp. His music ranges from open and free alternative country, to post punk, to wild experimental density. His newest album “Execute American Folklore” is bold and individualistic, with jaunts into electronic alt-rock, funk rage and avant-garde folk rock.

Johnny Dowd supporting My Darling Clementine @The Dock

– HCTF reviews Execute American Folklore


Live @The Silver Line Tap Room

Johnny Dowd is back at The Line! Come join us for a great night of Alternative Americana and Rock and Roll with this internationally acclaimed local super star!


Johnny Dowd, one of a kind leftfield trashcan Americana artist, has a show at The Silver Line in Trumansburg, NY on April 7th. He will introduce his new band The Love Munchkins. Show starts at 8pm.

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No Depression – The Best of Everything and a Johnny Dowd Xmas


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Johnny Dowd – Execute American Folklore

It’s hard to  believe that Dowd has 20 albums under his belt, not including his contributions to many others, including my personal favorite: a one-of-a kind revisionist/reimagination tribute to Townes Van Zandt, There’s a Hole in Heaven Where Some Sin Slips Through. I was fortunate to catch Dowd twice in July, where he played songs from his 21st album, Execute American Folklore. I have described him before as William S. Burroughs with a guitar, with a pre/post punk mentality, mixed with alt-country. Live, he’s a tightrope walker. But on record, the firebrand is controlled, smooth to the emotional touch as he glides — first on high, then back down to a semblance of Earth.

Dowd’s half-spoken, half-sung lyrics are like poetry set against more of an electronic backdrop that some of his other work, with a groove, a definite groove. You can also dance to it. A nice example is the segue from “Sexual Revolution” (“You’re either part of the problem or part of the pollution” with an under layer of a tortured “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” Wynette-style). That moves into the electronica of “Mr. Muggles,” punctuated with horns and the operatic vocal of Anna Coogan, where Coogan plays Klaus Nomi to Dowd’s Bowie. Then again into “Rumba in the Park” with a Caribbean, rockabilly feel with a distant fuzzy guitar where you have found yourself in a Jim Jarmusch movie. I don’t think Dowd has ever been more literate than on this album, with his vocals distinctly mixed so you can bask into the Beat-like delivery and imagery.  (Dowd is also included in ND’s fall issue, “Speak Up!”)

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                                           It’s a Johnny Dowd Christmas!

  • webclip_terrell-headerBy Steve Terrell
  • December 25th, 2016

There’s no Terrell’s Sound World tonight, but to make up for it, here are THREE Christmas songs from the unstopable Johnny Dowd!

(Thanks and Merry Xmas to T. Tex Edwards, whose tweet just a few minutes ago inspired this post. Now I’m waiting for the T. Tex Christmas album …)

Potlista reviews Execute American Folklore




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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)

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Johnny Dowd’s Musical Journey




Johnny Dowd’s Musical Journey

  • By Bill Chaisson

Johnny Dowd found the title for his new album, Execute American Folklore, by accident. He ran Google Translate on what turned out to be a negative review in Dutch and found himself accused of “executing American folklore.” He was delighted.

“Finally someone has given me the phrase for what I’ve been doing for 25 years,” he said as he rolled a cigarette between sips of coffee on the steps of the former Felicia’s Atomic Lounge. “Well, OK, I’ve been doing it a little longer than that.”

Dowd famously came late to the life of a professional musician. He describes having an epiphany at age 35. The Army veteran was still living as if he was still 19 while watching his friends get married and buy houses. “I knew I didn’t want to do that,” he said, “but I was washing dishes for a living, and I knew I didn’t want to do that. And I thought, ‘Music; I’ve always loved music since I was 9 years old.’ I didn’t see anything about it that I couldn’t do. I knew musicians; they weren’t that smart. So I started the same way other people start when they’re 15, but way late. I’m only 30 in musical years.”

Although he claims to have no natural musical ability, in his mid-30s Dowd learned to play guitar and then he began writing songs. By many people’s estimate: awesome songs. His band Neon Baptist was one of the three bands to appear at the State Theatre in 1991 in a fundraiser that would inaugurate the Grassroots Festival. This past year Dowd released a double live CD of archival Neon Baptist shows.

His first solo album, The Wrong Side of Memphis, was released in 1998. “I got in at the top of the alt-country thing,” Dowd said. “Europe was paying crazy money; the big rock clubs were subsidized by the government back then. But now it’s just like the States.” Dowd doesn’t think his career would get off the ground if he were trying to start it now.

“[In the ‘90s] low-fi was big,” he said, “and my first record was unintentionally low-fi. I had it on cassette and played it for my friends. They said it was great, so I just put it in the mail, sent it out to the music magazines, and got all kinds of hits.” The copy he mailed to Billboard resulted in a positive review.

“I was super-lucky,” said Dowd. “There was like a two-month window. We went to South by Southwest and signed two record deals. It’s just been a slow decline from there. It’s what I’ve got on some other artists around here: it’s easier to go down.”

In terms of remuneration, you can’t argue with the man, but in terms of the music, fans of Dowd will undoubtedly disagree with his assessment. He has put out an average of about an album per year, and they have been restlessly exploratory. In addition to new collections of original music, he has turned out compilations, tributes, and live albums. And they are no longer low-fi.

Where once he sat down with an acoustic guitar, he now programs a drum machine and then adds all the rest. “Then I find some lyrics that I’ve already written or write some new ones,” he said. “It has become more of a hip-hop thing: words over beats. I find a beat that I like and a bass line, and then just build it out. I may try 10 or 15 permutations of a line before I get it right.”

Dowd has departed from his album per year average this year. In addition to Execute American Folklore, which was funded with an IndiGoGo campaign, and the Neon Baptist live release, he has recorded “a 30-minute instrumental, Bitches Brew type of thing. A friend in California is mixing it now. It should be ready by Christmas.”

Released first in Europe and available at johnnydowd.com, Execute American Folklore came out on Mother Jinx Records on Sept. 9 in the U.S. There will be a record-release party at the Rongovian Embassy on Saturday, Oct. 1. at 9 p.m. Jennie Stearns and Park Doing will open the show. • 

 – Original Article

Live at the Lincoln Center David Rubenstein Atrium


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Johnny Dowd and his band return to New York City after a 10-year hiatus during which Dowd built a large and passionate following in Europe, and released five albums of his unique, alternative blues filtered through country, rock, R&B, experimental, and electronic lenses. The night also spotlights a performance by Bent Knee, a genre-defying, art-rock collective from Boston. The Independent Music Award program continues its 15-year commitment to raising the profile of extraordinary indie artists, labels and their releases.

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Noisy alt-country outsider Johnny Dowd will be performing two hometown shows in Ithaca this month. He returns to New York for a free show @ David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on March 10 as part of the Independent Music Awards program. Also on the bill: indie art rock band Bent Knee.

By Hans Werksman, werksman.blogspot.com

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Dear friends….here’s the latest in the world of Johnny Dowd:

He has a new band member: the talented Anna Coogan (shown above with Johnny). She’ll be performing with Johnny and Mike Edmondson at the Lincoln Center show on March 10 and will also be on the European tour in October.

If you’re in the New York City area, do try to catch the Lincoln Center show—Johnny doesn’t get to New York very often. It’s in the David Rubenstein Atrium and free. It’s one of the Independent Music Awards’ (IMA) two shows a year at the Atrium. Thanks again to Martin Folkman at IMA for inviting Johnny to do this. Click here for more information about the show.

Johnny also wanted me to tell you he is clean-shaven now (no more beard or mustache).


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A little JD history for you:

>Alt. Country Album Winner for Cruel Words 7th Annual  Independent Music AwardsJudge >8th Annual Independent Music Awards



Lincoln Center Poetry Slam

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All the rock stars got to Lincoln Center early, so there was lots of time to visit with old friends and new.

Then soundcheck…

Pre-show and merch set up…














And it’s clobberin’ time…


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(Thanks to Violet and Ben for making photos while we made movies)

More music…

More poetry…


And finally, a great job by Bent Knee, bringing the show to a rousing conclusion: