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Zielsverwanten met een donkere boodschap

Ze zingen allebei over de rafelranden van de samenleving: Melle de Boer en Johnny Dowd. Twee americana-artiesten van twee generaties en verschilende geboortegrond trekken samen op. Vanavond in het Paard in Den Haag.

Machiel Coehorst 

Johnny Dowd komt uit Ithaca, een slaperig universiteitsstadje in de staat New York. Hij had daar een transportbedrijfje en musiceerde wat in zijn vrije tijd. Totdat hij ontdekt werd door een platenbaas en op zijn 50ste zijn debuut maakte als singer-songwriter en vertolker van rauwe popcountry. Melle de Boer komt uit Delft/Den Haag, maakte furore met zijn bands Smutfish en John Dear Mowing Club en heeft net als Dowd een voorliefde voor de country noir. Ter ere van hun nieuwe albums maken de beide muzikanten een gezamenlijke tour en vanavond doen zij het Paard aan.

Ondanks het leeftijdsverschil (Melle de Boer is 45 jaar, Johnny Dowd bijna 70) worden de twee muzikanten gezien als zielsverwanten. De Boer kan zich vinden in die typering. ,,Ja, er zijn zeker raakvlakken tussen Johnny en mij. De muziek komt bij ons allebei uit dezelfde bron: De twijfel over alles, en de onderhuidse dingen die niet vaak worden uitgesproken.”

Het moge duidelijk zijn: voor een vrolijk avondje uit ben je bij de twee aan het verkeerde adres. Melle de Boer en Johnny Dowd hebben meer affiniteit met de donkere kanten van het leven. ,,We zoeken allebei de rafelranden op van de maatschappij. Onze teksten gaan over onderwerpen als eenzaamheid, het verschil tussen rijk en arm en de manier waarop mensen met elkaar omgaan.” Maar er is niet louter donkerte te vinden in hun muziek. ,,We proberen de donkere kant te verlichten,” zegt De Boer poëtisch. ,,Het publiek zingt ook volop mee met de Amerikaanse liedjes en er wordt ook veel gelachen.”

Openbaring

We proberen de donkere kant te verlichten

Melle de Boer

Het duo heeft net een tour door Engeland achter de rug. Voor De Boer was het een openbaring: ,,Ze kijken daar heel anders tegen muziek aan dan hier. In Nederland moet het vooral leuk en gezellig zijn. In Engeland luisteren ze echt naar de liedjes. Van ouds af aan bestaat er natuurlijk ook de traditie om samen naar muziek te luisteren, en er niet doorheen te kletsen.” Wel was hij enigszins nerveus bij aanvang van zijn eerste tour door Engeland: ,,Ik twijfelde over mijn Engels en wist niet of ik de teksten wel goed zou uitspreken. En dan sta je in zo’n volle zaal …” Maar de respons was bijzonder goed. ,,Ik heb zelden zoveel enthousiaste reacties ontvangen en er zijn meer cd’s verkocht dan ooit.”

Een voordeel was dat De Boer zijn Engelstalige teksten niet hoefde uit te leggen, zoals hij in Nederland gewoon is te doen. Zo projecteerde hij tijdens een optreden ooit zelfgemaakte tekeningen (De Boer is ook kunstenaar) op de achtergrond (‘Bij iedere zin een nieuwe tekening’). Een uitleg van zijn teksten was in Engeland niet nodig, toch? ,,Nou ja, ik was daar op een ongemakkelijke manier wel al mee begonnen, totdat ik besefte dat dat niet nodig was, ha ha.”

Even terug naar zijn samenwerking met Johnny Dowd. Wat spreekt De Boer het meest aan in de man die bekendstaat om zijn nogal eigenzinnige, soms ronduit ondoorgrondelijke muziek? ,,Zijn liedjes zijn soms best lastig ja. Het mooie aan hem vind ik dat hij nooit probeert te behagen.” De muziek van Johnny Dowd is niet alleen lastig te doorgronden, maar ook behoorlijk zwartgallig. ,,Toch is hij een opgewekte man hoor, ondanks al die heftige liedjes. Het was heel gezellig in de tourbus!”

 – Original article

Soulmates with a dark message
They both sing about the fringes of society: Melle de Boer and Johnny Dowd. Two americana artists of two generations and different birth grounds join together. Tonight in the Horse in The Hague.

Machiel Coehorst 08-02-18, 16:04

Johnny Dowd is from Ithaca, a sleepy university town in the state of New York. He had a transport company there and made music in his free time. Until he was discovered by a record manager and made his debut at the age of 50 as a singer-songwriter and interpreter of raw pop country. Melle de Boer is from Delft / The Hague, made a furore with his bands Smutfish and John Dear Mowing Club and, like Dowd, has a predilection for the country noir. In honor of their new albums the two musicians make a joint tour and tonight they do the Horse.

Despite the age difference (Melle de Boer is 45 years, Johnny Dowd almost 70) the two musicians are seen as soul mates. De Boer can agree with this typing. “Yes, there are certainly similarities between Johnny and me. The music comes to us both from the same source: The doubt about everything, and the subcutaneous things that are not often spoken. ”

It should be clear: for a cheerful night out you are at the wrong address. Melle de Boer and Johnny Dowd have more affinity with the dark sides of life. ,, We both seek out the frail edges of society. Our texts deal with topics such as loneliness, the difference between rich and poor and the way in which people interact with each other. “” But there is no mere darkness in their music. ,, We try to lighten the dark side, ” De Boer says poetically. ,, The audience is also singing along with the American songs and there is also a lot of laughter. ”

Revelation
We try to illuminate the dark side, Melle de Boer
The duo has just finished a tour through England. For De Boer it was a revelation: “They look at music very differently than here. In the Netherlands it must be fun and cozy. In England they really listen to the songs. From time immemorial there is of course also the tradition to listen to music together, and not to chat through it. ” He was a bit nervous at the start of his first tour through England: ‘I doubted my English and did not know whether I would pronounce the lyrics correctly. And then you’re in such a crowded room … “” But the response was very good. ,, I have rarely received so many enthusiastic reactions and more CDs have been sold than ever. ”

One advantage was that De Boer did not have to explain his English-language texts, as he is used to doing in the Netherlands. For instance, during a performance he once projected self-made drawings (De Boer is also an artist) in the background (‘With every sentence a new drawing’). An explanation of his texts was not necessary in England, right? ,, Well, I had already started in an uncomfortable way, until I realized that it was not necessary, ha ha. ”

Back to his collaboration with Johnny Dowd. What appeals to De Boer most in the man who is known for his rather quirky, sometimes utterly inscrutable music? ,, His songs are sometimes quite difficult yes. The beauty of him is that he never tries to please. “” The music of Johnny Dowd is not only difficult to fathom, but also very ungraceful. “Still, he is a cheerful man, despite all those heavy songs. It was very nice in the tour bus! ”

 – Translation by Google

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.

Feeling Bad Tour with Anna Coogan @ Tape

 

Definitely an evening not to miss!

Anna Coogan will perform her brilliant live soundtrack to The Blood of a Poet (1932) as part of her European tour. Tape Doors at 6.30pm performance at 7pm prompt.

Following the screening there will be a short interval followed by live performances from Melle de Boer and Johnny Dowd as part of their Going Down the Road Feeling Bad, European Tour.

Anna Coogan 2016

Anna Coogan is returning to TAPE this month with a new project and special guests for a one-off performance.

The prolific US indie songstress is following up her visit to the Old Colwyn venue last October – when she showcased her fuzzy, electric wah-wah operatic rock of her new album, The Lonely Cry Of Space & Time – with a brilliant new soundtrack for the 1932 avant garde Jean Cocteau film, The Blood of a Poet, performed live.

Experimental, noisy country musician Johnny Dowd – who, like Coogan, hails from Ithaca in the state of New York – and who has recently been awarded Uncut’s Americana album of the month for his new release Twinkle Twinkle and cult Dutch singer Melle de Boer, are appearing as part of their Going Down the Road Feeling Bad joint European tour and will be providing interval entertainment.

Join Coogan, Dowd and de Boer at TAPE on Tuesday, January 30 at 6.30pm.

Tickets are £8.78 and are available from the venue or by visiting eventbrite.co.uk

 – Original source

No Depression  interview with Anna:

How would you describe the impact of your collaborations?

It was more than just Willie and me. The big third party was engineer and my Ithaca neighbour, Matthew Saccuccimorano, who created the sonic soundscape through his mixing. He and Willie are both drummers so they had that simpatico idea of how drums should sound. I also have deep, deep influences from Johnny Dowd who’s been my mentor for the last few years. He really pushed me to push myself. And there’s JD (Foster) who co-wrote one of the songs and played bass. But in the trenches it’s me, Willie and Matt.

 

Johnny Dowd supporting My Darling Clementine @The Dock

– HCTF reviews Execute American Folklore

 

Live @ The Dock with My Darling Clementine


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JOHNNY DOWD

Johnny Dowd (born March 29, 1948 in Fort Worth, Texas) is an American alternative country musician. Typical of his style are experimental, noisy breaks in his songs and strong gothic (in the sense of dark and gloomy) elements in the lyrics as well as in the music. There is also a strong undercurrent of black humor and the absurd in his work.

He currently resides in Ithaca, NY.

Although his early albums were most celebrated in the alternative country community, he has never quite fit into any particular genre.

The Dock: Tickets here