Live @ The Dock with My Darling Clementine



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


HCTF says Stream This Song

Johnny Dowd: stream “A World Without Me” from his new album “Execute American Folklore”

photo: Kat Dalton


Johnny Dowd has posted a stream of A World Without Me, a track from his forthcoming new album Execute American Folklore. There are five day left
                            (Editors note: TWO days left now!)
for his crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo to cover the expenses for recording. He aims to raise $15,000 ($10,039 is in the pocket right now).

The headmaster of trashcan Americana will be on tour in Europe this Fall. Park Doing is the support act for the first two weeks (October 12 through 23) and Mark Lotterman for the final week (October 24 through 30).

Live dates:

  • 07/29 Ithaca, NY @ Casita Del Polaris
  • 08/20 Trumansburg, NY @ Rongovian Embassy
  • 10/12 Haarlem, Netherlands @ Patronaat
  • 10/13 Norderstedt, Germany @ Music Star
  • 10/14 Krefeld, Germany @ Kulturrampe
  • 10/15 Zeist, Netherlands @ De Peppel
  • 10/17 Zurich, Switzerland @ El Lokal
  • 10/20 Liverpool, United Kingdom @ Dumbulls
  • 10/21 Bovey Tracey, United Kingdom @ Edgemoor Hotel
  • 10/22 Farndale, United Kingdom @ The Band Room
  • 10/23 Glasgow, United Kingdom @ 02 ABC2
  • 10/25 London, United Kingdom @ The Islington
  • 10/26 Eye, United Kingdom @ The Bank Eye
  • 10/27 Sheffield, United Kingdom @ Greystones
  • 10/29 Zemst, Belgium @ GC de Melkerij
  • 10/30 Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Bureau Beukorkest at TAC

HCTF review of That’s Your Wife on the Back of My Horse.

 – Original Article





Live at The John Barleycorn with Park Doing


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Join Johnny, Mike and Anna at the local bar you’ve been missing since Ithaca lost ChappiesThe John Barleycorn.

Special guest Park Doing will be opening for John as he will be on the upcoming EU tour:


Johnny Dowd website

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:














Live at The Rongo with B33t Juic3 and Badhand


One man band showcase, plus Johnny’s Better Thirds at The Rongovian


Live at Casita Del Polaris with Anna Coogan and Park Doing

The bartender was kind enough to give me a glass of his cheapest whiskey (still good). Which is a big cut above what I would normally drink.
Here’s a song about whiskey called ‘Whiskey Kept Me Sane’.
                                                                         –   Johnny Dowd , Casita 2016/02/25


At Casita Del Polaris 8-11pm

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 next stop for us – EUROPA

– Johnny Dowd 02/2016




Live at the John Barleycorn with The Tin Teardrops

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Johnny in two bands at the John Barleycorn in Owego.

Best of 2015



– Original Article

Read Andy’s full review here.




– Original Article








– Original Article

Read Hans full review here.

Also, That’s Your Wife on the Back of My Horse placed in the top third of No Depressions Readers Poll Best of 2015. Pretty good good for a musician described by Alan Taylor as giving ” … a firm and mighty middle finger to the clones of the music industry and those who created them.”

Check out Alan’s  full review in No Depression .















Live at the ABC Cafe Reunion and school nutrition benefit

Poster_Lot10,ABCReunionFormer ABC staff revive the old menu for one day only to benefit school food projects featuring DJs, live music and all your favorite ABC characters!

Here is the entertainment line up!
ABC Cafe Reunion Musicians and DJ’s

DJ’s Downtairs

415pm Michael Judah Miller
500pm Michael Judah Miller
600pm Michael Judah Miller
700pm WVBR’s Rockin’ Remnants DJ John Simon
800pm DJ HaMEEN Ben Ortiz
900pm DJ HaMEEN Ben Ortiz
1000pm Stereo Ark Sound System Leon Arguello
1100pm DJ JD Josh Dolan

Performers Upstairs

415pm Neal Massa
545pm Pedro Arroyo and David Clare Besag
630pm Arthur B and the Planetary Mix
715pm Johnny Dowd
800pm Shaka
845pm David Clare Besag Solo
930pm ROAD MAN Jon Petronzio
1015pm Ken Hallett
1100pm Park Doing

Over the past few years gardening and nutrition programs have begun to take off at our local schools. This event will help two of the local schools, Beverly J. Martin Elementary in Ithaca and Newfield Central Schools support continuing nutrition education, BJMs trailblazing Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Snack Program and a snack program pilot at Newfield. In addition, funds will support gardens and weekly in-school gardening activities at both schools. Not only do these programs benefit students, but they also have a big impact on the community as exemplified by the 350 lbs. of fresh organic produce grown at Newfield School and donated to the local food pantry!


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 – photo by Aimee Dars Ellis

Le Cri du Coyote Review of ‘That’s Your Wife…’

ReviewPress_ Le Cri du CoyoteJohnny Dowd is indeed a prolific storyteller. ‘That’s Your Wife On The Back Of My Horse’ is not background music. It’s twisted, distorted, nightmarish, strange, stuffed with dark humor and dark thoughts. Johnny does exactly what he wants, using all available tools around, guitars, drum machines, cheap vintage synths, crumpled poems and southern accent included. Johnny is this delightful uncle who says unbelievable things after a few drinks, and, of course, who’s seriously discussing about philosophy with crickets. Johnny Dowd, is the type that scares your daughter and makes a little too much noise when everyone’s gone to bed. He trades blues (Cadillac Hearse), poisoned ballads (Why?) and never gets tired. These are all reasons why the world needs Johnny Dowd now. Just trust me.

Eric Supparo