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– photo by Kat Dalton

Special Sunday Showcase: Johnny DOWD! wsg: Aging Womanizer

Tickets are $10 to see the legend himself, Johnny Dowd!
Stop by Quinn’s to reserve your ticket today!

“Imagine if Hank Williams had mutated into Captain Beefheart, acquiring a bunch of primitive electronic equipment along the way, and you’ll get some idea of where Johnny Dowd is at on Execute American Folklore. . . . Gloriously deviant.“

Andy Gill, The Independent (London)

Execute American Folklore Tour – Week 3 and Then Some

We weren’t there (tragedy!), so all photos courtesy of Mike,Anna,Park and various Facebook Friends. Kinda in order, maybe not, but you get the picture…

First and often, the band steals it’s own soul,selfie-style:

And always, you gotta get from here to there:

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Then Johnny Dowd and the Sex Robots Rock the House:

For down time, we have:


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And lots and lots of sitting around:

Eventually, though, Real Life intrudes, flying everybody home:

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Ithaca Journal presents The Jimmies

webclip_ij-headerReturn of the Jimmies: Top 16 local CDs of 2016

January 3rd, 2017

Before we say goodbye to 2016, it’s time for me to announce the winners of my annual Soundoff awards, nicknamed “The Jimmies.”

I’ve been covering the Ithaca music scene since 1992, and I started doing these awards in 1994 to recognize the many talented people who make music in the area.

There were more than 40 CDs and EPs released locally in the past year, and while I didn’t get to every one of them, I did manage to listen to just about all of the ones that came out by mid-December.

As has been the case since 1994 (except for 2009, when the Jimmies were on hiatus), these award choices are entirely subjective. The winners receive absolutely nothing except a handshake and a “way to go” next time I see them around town.

The envelopes, please …

Johnny Dowd’s “Execute American Folklore” blended electronic
(Photo: File)

3) Johnny Dowd, “Execute American Folklore”: A strong follow-up to last year’s “That’s Your Wife on the Back of My Horse,” this album showcased Dowd’s continuing ability to blend electronic and organic musical elements to create appropriate backdrops for his distinctive vocals.

 – Original Article

Benefit for Food Bank of the Southern Tier – Lot 10

banner_20161126food-bankfbCome support the Turkey Drive of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. Tioga Downs Casino will be matching whatever we can raise for the Turkey Drive. We are looking to raise funds for the drive and will not be collecting food items at the event.

Pleased to have a last minute addition to the show. John Dowd will open the show at 9:00 with a solo set. Glad he’s made the time to be part of this benefit. Please help spread the word and we’ll see how many people we can help get meals to this holiday season.

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 – Johnny Dowd

Also Music by:

Johnny Dowd

– Bill Ring & Dave Redmond

– Bad Hand

Alter Koker

– the Fly Rods

and more


Real Roots Cafe reviews Execute American Folklore

Johnny Dowd, Execute American Folklore

  • By Martin Overheul

Sinds hij in 1997 debuteerde met het uiterst eigenzinnige Wrong Side of Memphis bouwt Johnny Dowd gestaag voort aan zijn hoogstpersoonlijke muzikale universum. Pogingen om hem in een muzikaal hokje te duwen, zijn gedoemd te mislukken. Ooit werd zijn muziek gecatalogeerd als alt country, maar door de jaren heen gebruikte hij steeds meer elementen in zijn songs die nauwer aanleunen bij de wereld van Captain Beefheart dan die van alt-country coryfeeën als Whiskeytown of Green on Red. Dowd maakt er trouwens een goede gewoonte van om zich niet te laten vastpinnen in één bepaald hokje want hij kijkt met veel plezier, en soms zelfs bepaald gulzig, over de schutting van andere stijlen met de bedoeling de beste elementen in zijn muziek te mengen. Op Execute American Folklore, volgens mijn telling zijn twintigste album, haalt deze nijvere doe-het-zelver er ook nog eens een fikse dosis elektronica bij en in de meeste gevallen leidt dat tot resultaten die mij best bevallen.Johnny Dowd neemt ook nu het leeuwendeel van de instrumenten en zang op zich, maar laat de achtergrondzang én in Brains-a-Flame ook de leadzang over aan een bij tijden felle Anna Coogan die zich zo te horen opperbest voelt in het gezelschap van Dowd. Die kruisbestuiving leidt tot een album dat zich mijlenver ophoudt van het soort muziek dat Dowd aan het begin van zijn loopbaan maakte. De eerste associatie die ik maakte toen ik opener Unease and Deviance en songs als Last Laugh en Freddie hoorde was overigens niet Don Van Vliet maar de Australische band Flash and the Pan. Wellicht zal die evolutie hem een paar fans kosten, maar daar heeft Dowd nog echt wakker van gelegen. De man gaat zijn eigen gang en zal dat hopelijk nog lang blijven doen. Hij heeft er de creativiteit en ondertussen de leeftijd voor. Er verschijnen tegenwoordig al meer dan genoeg onderling inwisselbare plaatjes. (Mother Jinx Records)

 – Original Article

Since his debut in 1997 with the extremely quirky Wrong Side of Memphis Johnny Dowd builds steadily continue his highly personal musical universe. Attempts to push him into a musical box, are doomed to fail. Once his music was classified as alt country, but throughout the years he used more and more elements in his songs more closely linked to the world of Captain Beefheart than alt-country stars like Whiskeytown or Green on Red. Dowd is there actually a good habit not to be pinned down to one particular booth because he looks with the intention of pleasure, and even certain greedy, over the fence of other styles to mix the best elements in his music. Execute American Folklore, according to my count his twentieth album, takes these industrious do-it-yourselfer is also a hefty dose electronics at and in most cases this leads to results that best suit me.

Johnny Dowd also now takes the lion’s share of the instruments and vocals himself, but let the background vocals and in Brains-a-Flame also lead vocals on an at times fierce Anna Coogan who are about to hear supreme best feeling in the company of Dowd. This cross-fertilization leads to an album that is a far cry from the kind of music ends Dowd made at the beginning of his career. The first association I made when I open unease and Deviance and songs like Last Laugh and Freddie heard was, moreover, not Don Van Vliet, the Australian band Flash and the Pan. Perhaps this trend will cost him a few fans, but Dowd has kept awake located. The man goes his own way and will hopefully continue to do so far.He has the creativity and meanwhile the age. There now appear more than enough interchangeable plates. (Mother Jinx Records)

 – Translation by Google

Execute American Folklore Tour – TAPE



Recently added to his Euro tour, Johnny Dowd will be joining us here at TAPE Community Arts Centre on 24 October 2016.

Support from Mexican Walking Fish (Acoustic)

Tickets are £8, doors are at 7pm.  Ages 14+.

“Sometimes music shouldn’t be easy, and instead should be mysterious, idiosyncratic and the work of a true maverick. So we should welcome the arrival of a new Johnny Dowd album. . . . Never a man to run from the truth, if there was any justice, this guy would be a legend.“

— Acoustic Magazine (UK)

“Imagine if Hank Williams had mutated into Captain Beefheart, acquiring a bunch of primitive electronic equipment along the way, and you’ll get some idea of where Johnny Dowd is at on Execute American Folklore. . . . Gloriously deviant.“

— Andy Gill, The Independent (London)

 – Original Article

JDF Note:

Park Doing


Tonight is Park Doing‘s last show this tour-Do not miss!

Execute American Folklore Tour – Edgemoor Hotel


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– Original Article

On tour from the USA, the amazing Johnny Dowd band (including Anna Coogan and Mike Edmondson) with support from Park Doing – the Edgemoor Hotel, Haytor Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9LE – Doors – starts 8.00pm – Tickets £15.00. More information and tickets on website

Johnny’s latest album “Execute American Folklore” has just been released to critical acclaim. “There’s intense and there’s Johnny Dowd. He’s Nick Cave with a hangover. Hank’s lonesome whistle spat through Waits’s grinder, with Beefheart on the side.” – Peter Watts, Time Out. You will not get a better chance to experience authentic, courageous, contemporary American music here on our doorstep. We guarantee an unforgettable evening of gothic, junkyard Americana.

Johnny’s first national exposure in the UK came in 2003 in the beautiful, illuminating and highly recommended BBC Arena documentary ‘Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus’, a musical and sociological road trip through the ‘poor white’ southern states. It’s free to view on iPlayer

A really big thank you to you all for enabling us to bring exciting world-class talent to our doorstep.

 – Photos thanks to Matthew North as posted on Facebook


Execute American Folklore Tour – The Thunderbolt











 – Original Article



Execute American Folklore Tour – De Peppel




De Peppel

Alternatieve countryzanger Johnny Dowd fascineert fans en critici al sinds zijn eerste album Wrong Side of Memphis in 1997 uitkwam. Met ongeveer één nieuw album per jaar blijft hij zijn eigen draai geven aan de Amerikaanse rootsmuziek. Hij maakt donkere, maar humoristische en catchy songs die doen denken aan Tom Waits, Nick Cave en Captain Beefheart.

In september komt het nieuwe album Execute American Folklore van Johnny Dowd uit. Hij speelt wederom alle instrumenten zelf, met een beetje hulp van zijn drum machines. De Texaanse zegt er zelf over: “I think this is the best stick-in-your-CD-player-and-drive-around record I have made. It has some killer grooves, if I do say so myself. I hope you dig it.” Live altijd spraakmakend!

Supportact Park Doing speelt elektronische experimentele folk. De basis ligt in de Amerikaanse folklore, roots- en protestmuziek, maar Park Doing deinst niet terug voor het gebruik van bizarre geluiden en samples zoals morse code en wetenschappelijke geluiden. Samen met de loops die hij live doet met vocals en gitaren zorgt dit voor een unieke, innovatieve, moderne soort Amerikaanse folk muziek.

Alternative country singer Johnny Dowd fascinates fans and critics since his first album Wrong Side of Memphis came out in 1997. With about one new album per year, he continues to give his own spin on the American roots music. He is dark, but humorous and catchy songs reminiscent of Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Captain Beefheart.

In September the new album Execute American Folklore Johnny Dowd out. He again plays all the instruments himself, with a little help from his drum machines. The Texan says himself: “I think this is the best stick-in-your-CD-player-and-drive-around post I have made. It has some killer grooves, if I do say so myself. I hope you dig it. “Live always talked about!

Supportact Park Doing plays electronic experimental folk. The base lies in American folklore, roots- and protest music, but Park Doing is not afraid to use weird sounds and samples as morse code and scientific noises. Along with the loops that he does live with vocals and guitars that provides a unique, innovative, modern type of American folk music.

 – Translation by Google

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