How I Wonder What You Are

New Album

                                    Samples from the album  here

Red River Valley , that’s the name of the new Johnny Dowd album ‘Twinkle, Twinkle’ that will be in stores on January 12th. According to the press release it is a playful album with recognizable tunes.

More info about the release can be found on ‘s mans website . Dowd is back on track with Melle De Boer at his side. That brings him eight times to the Netherlands, but Belgium this time (for the time being) left. So keep an eye on it.

  – Original article

The twinkle of Johnny Dowd is finished with his seventeenth (!) Solo album.

In his newsletter, the man announced that ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ became the title of the successor of ‘ Execute American Folklore ‘, which was published last year. The album appears on its own Mother Jinx label in December.

Dowd said the following about the development process: “I thought it was going to be my most important inside record, but at some point it would go on and on.”

Then there is an American tour as support act of Pere Ubu before he goes down to Europe. And that all promises to be “a little different”, but more details in that regard are not yet known.

 September 25, 2017                                                                    Patrick Van Gestel

Ithaca’s finest singer-songwriter Johnny Dowd has a new record coming up. Twinkle, Twinkle is a collection of public domain songs, It is being mixed and will be released in January.

He will be on tour in the UK and The Netherlands in January and February to promote the release. He will be sharing he bill with Dutch musician Melle de Boer. They named it the Going Down the Road Feeling Bad Tour.
– Original article

Been fun watching the album progress, not to mention Kat Dalton’s photos illustrating that progression. We re-present, in the original order:

Good stuff happening in Dowdsville.

“Twinkle, Twinkle” is finished. I thought it was going to be my most inside record, but at some point it leapt the fence and took on a life of its own. It will be released on my label in January.

All for now.

Johnny’s new album, ”Twinkle, Twinkle,” will be released on January 12, 2018.

From the press release by Del Day (Ark PR):

”Wonderfully playful, yet bursting with creative juices, ’Twinkle, Twinkle’ is an album only Dowd would be brave enough to make. These are tunes we all know—tunes we hum, sing-along to at parties, solid bricks in the pantheon of American song—yet you’d be forgiven for thinking that you are hearing all of them for the first time given Dowd’s startling interpretations. Against a backdrop of scathing synths and menacing beats, tracks like ‘Twinkle, Twinkle’ and ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ adorn entirely different guises. ‘Trouble In Mind,’ originally recorded as a jazz song in 1924, here broods like some kind of long-forgotten Tom Waits song remixed by Burial, whilst ‘St James Infirmary Blues’ plays out as a soundtrack to Dowd’s dark and inquisitive mind.”  

Above is one of the tracks for you to enjoy right now, “Red River Valley.“

The Euro tour starts on January 25. Tour schedule here.

Check out the latest Euro tour dates on the Tours page. Johnny will have his new album, ”Twinkle, Twinkle,” for sale at the shows. It will also be available at this site starting January 12, as well as digitally at all the usual outlets.

A CD release show is scheduled in Ithaca, New York, at The Dock, on February 17. Special guests are Anna Coogan, Kim Sherwood-Caso, and Tzar.

Live @Local 506

Johnny Dowd

Melissa Swingle Duo

Ben de la Cour

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm


Facebook Event

Johnny Dowd, one of a kind leftfield trashcan Americana artist, has a show at Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC on June 14th.

HCTF review of Execute American Folklore.

 – Original Article

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.

 – Here Comes the Flood


– photo by Kat Dalton





HCTF – Best of 2016

  • By Hans Werksman
  • December 29th, 2016

Where’s …
David Bowie, Radiohead, Nick Cave? Or that album that you liked so much?

Simple. HCTF picked the 20 best albums that were actually reviewed on this blog.

HCTF lists the 20 albums that will be in regular rotation for many years to come.

2016 was a memorable year for music lovers.

  • Vinyl is back
  • The majors are still running around in circles, trying to keep their cashflow alive
  • streaming is now big business (for the artist not so much).
  • “Self-released” has become a regular tag. Even big time acts go for crowdfunding to cover the costs of making an album, sometimes aided by a small network of indie labels to carry the load of distribution.
  • Software is catching up with the studio as a means of home recording – untrained ears will have a hard time to hear the difference.

One thing will never change: independent music is where it’s at when you are on the 1look out for something interesting to listen to.

Sadly some of the greats are no longer with us – David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen as well two of the finest sidemen – Scotty Moore and Bernie Worrell. As 2016 drew too a close underrated Stus Quo rhythm guitarist Rick Parfitt and singer George Michael also checked out.

7 Johnny Dowd: Execute American Folklore   Cover_Execute

The perennial outsider updates his output with an assorted array of gizmos.

So whatever happened to the left-field country artist of yore? That guy left the building a couple of albums ago. Dowd has embraced technology or more accurately is stretching it to its outer capabilities, banging his gear into submission and messing with preprogrammed presets in peculiar ways. He is more of a wrestler than a player. Title track Execute American Folklore is heavily distorted call to arms for a revolution that will never happen, but at least there is anthem just in case.

 – Original Article with The Rest of the Best

Execute American Folklore Tour – Music Star


U-70, urchig, archaisch, intensiv, authentisch: Johnny Dowd (*1948) trinkt gern Whisky und singt wie «ein Serienkiller, der in einem Staubsauger gefangen ist.» Der frühere Möbelpacker und Vietnamveteran war immerhin mal zwei Wochen lang verheiratet.

Und er lässt die Gitarren heute noch wuchtig krachen, zusammen mit funky Orgeln und trieb-schepperndem Schlagzeug, als hinge sein Leben davon ab. Das tut es auch. Tarantino-Country für die einen, Lynch-Gothic für die anderen. Der Schmerz ist spürbar, Religion ist Thema, aber nur schwer rollstuhlgängig oder auf freigeschabten Kniescheiben über Rollsplit zur Heiligen Bernadette in Lourdes rutschend. Punk liegt in der Luft, ein Hauch Fiesheit. Zynismus wird Ironie und Jim Morrison zum unbekannten Soldaten auf dem Friedhof Père Lachaise in Paris. Irgendwann nennt man das Kult, Brian Wilson und Jim White können nicht irren. Und wir Inselbewohner haben JD ja längst die Unsterblichkeit der el Lokal Hall of Fame verliehen.

«Das ist das Album, das ich seit langem mal machen wollte,» sagt Dowd zu seinem neusten Streich «Wake Up The Snakes» und führt uns souverän zurück in die Zeit, als Soul-Musik auf Garage-Rock traf. Verzerrte Bässe, Farfisa-Orgel und viele «My baby left me»-Texte. Mal wieder was anderes für den umtriebigen Texaner, der seit seinem ersten Album 1997 entlegenen Pfade zwischen Country, Blues, Rock’n’Roll für sich und uns neu entdeckt hat. Also: Auf in unsere paradiesische Schlangengrube auf der aufgeweckten Weltkulturinsel am Krokosihl River. Zum 3. Mal bereits in Norderstedt, diesmal mit illustren Gästen.

Nancy    Poor But Proud   Silver Claw



U-70, conservative, archaic, intense, authentic: Johnny Dowd (* 1948) likes to drink whiskey and sings like the earlier movers and Vietnam veteran was, after been married for two weeks, “a serial killer who is trapped in a vacuum cleaner.”.

And he lets the guitars still massive blast, along with funky organs, driving-rattling drums, as if his life depended on it. That it does. Tarantino Country for a Lynch-Gothic for the other. The pain is felt, religion is present, it is difficult skidding wheelchairs or on freigeschabten kneecaps over loose chippings to Saint Bernadette in Lourdes. Punk is in the air, a hint of nastiness. Cynicism is irony and Jim Morrison to the Unknown Soldier at the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. Sometime called the Cult, Brian Wilson and Jim White can not be wrong. And we islanders have long since JD immortality of el local Hall of Fame awarded.

“This is the album I wanted to make since long time,” says Dowd for his latest prank “Wake Up The Snakes” and leads us confidently back in time, met as soul music on garage rock. Distorted bass, Farfisa organ and many “My baby left me” -texts. Once again something else for the enterprising Texan who has discovered and since his first album in 1997 remote paths between country, blues, rock and roll itself new to us.So: At our paradise snake pit on the aufgeweckten World Heritage island on Krokosihl River. For the 3rd time already in Norderstedt, this time with illustrious guests.

 – Original Article

Thomas Niehaus, Heiner Lahn and Wolfgang Sedlatschek (NorderstedtMusik) captured a few songs of the Johnny Dowd concert @ Music Star in Norderstedt, Germany (October 13, 2016). He was accompanied by The Sex Robots (Anna Coogan & Michael Edmondson). Watch them perform A World Without Me (mislabeld as “Love Bucket”) and Rhumba in The Park from his latest album Execute American Folklore.

 – Original article

HCTF: Streams and Updates

Johnny Dowd: stream “Presbyterian Wedding Bells” from the Neon Baptist live alum

Johnny Dowd has posted a stream of Presbyterian Wedding Bells, a track from the handmade 2CD set of rare Neon Baptist recordings, one of the perks of his campaign at Indiegogo (ends within a couple of hours from now). Punk meets rock meets Americana and all Hell breaks loose:

Here’s another live recording of my first band, Neon Baptist — a punk version of “Presbyterian Wedding Bells,“ with Jennifer Edmondson tearing it up on vocals. Recorded at The Nines, Ithaca, NY, in September 1990.

 – View Original

Johnny Dowd: crowdfunding successful, stream “Paralyzed” from the Neon Baptist live recordings

photo: Kat Dalton

Johnny Dowd has posted a stream of Paralyzed, a track from the handmade 2CD set of rare Neon Baptist recordings, one of the perks of his campaign at Indiegogo to cover the expenses for recording of his new album Execute American Folklore.. He has reached his goal of $15,000:

We reached our goal at Indiegogo last evening! Thanks to everyone who contributed to my campaign for my new album, “Execute American Folkore.“ You had already opened your hearts to me, and when I asked you to open your wallets, you really came through. I can’t thank you enough.The campaign will stay open until the previously set deadline—this coming Saturday, July 2 (11:59 PM, PDT). Perks are still available until then. So if there was something you meant to get, you can do so through Saturday. Funds over the goal will also go to costs connected to the new album.

Paralyzed was recorded on April 27, 1991, at The Nines in Ithaca, NY. Besides Johnny Dowd, you’ll hear Dave Hinkle, Jennifer Edmondson, Mike Edmondson, Cally Arthur, and Max Ormond.

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).

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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





Behind the Scenes of Execute American Folklore


A day with John and Anna working on the album you can get as a perk at Johnny’s IndieGoGo IF YOU HURRY. Seriously, only a few days left!

Get a song written about you by Johnny, or help these folks get one about them and they’ll return the favor!

(Audio taste of Execute at Johnny’s website.)


Johnny Dowd has unveiled the cover art for his forthcoming new album Execute American Folklore. Drawing made by Melle de Boer, design by Kat Dalton. There are 12 days to go
(Editors note: FOUR!)
for his crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo to cover the expenses for recording He aims to raise $15,000 ($8,470 is in the pocket right now).

Figuring it out:

The Command:

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How Anna does it:

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Put “Execute American Folklore” into the Hands of the People

It’s been less than a week, and Johnny’s IndieGoGo campaign is really rocking. We at Johnny Dowd Fan are thrilled to see folks stepping up to show their support, and we hope Johnny is feelin’ the love. But if you think we’re gonna let y’all nab the killer perks before we do just cuz we’re nice, you’ve got another think coming… Better jump on it before we do!

(PS Even if you haven’t got a nickle to spare, help Johnny out by sharing on all your interweb social media tubes.)

May 23, 2016

Frame from Johnny’s Indiegogo video. Go to Indiegogo page to watch the video! (Link below)

Frame from Johnny’s Indiegogo video. Go to Indiegogo page to watch the video! (Link below)

Hello everyone.

I just launched my Indiegogo campaign for my new album. I think you’ll like the perks: the new album, Neon Baptist CDs, t-shirts, and more. Please check it out here:

Johnny Dowd at Indiegogo

There are a couple snippets from the new album in the video.

Will be grateful for sharing on Facebook, Twitter, emails to friends…..



 – Original article


Johnny Dowd: crowdfunding campaign for new album “Execute American Folklore”

Leftfield singer-songwriter Johnny Dowd is raising money via Indiegogo to cover the expenses for recording his new album Execute American Folklore. He aims to raise $15,000:

Like many musicians today, I no longer have record company support and have to finance my own projects. Fortunately, I have my own studio. But I need to pay engineers for recording, mixing, and mastering. I also hired a vocalist for this record. Then I will have the costs of manufacturing, promotion, design, photography, shipping to distributor in the UK, and the fees connected to this Indiegogo campaign.I will be grateful for any help you can offer to get my latest and greatest, “Execute American Folklore,” into your hands.

Perks include a double CD with rare live material recorded his first band Neon Baptist and T-shirts making the buyer an honorary employee of Zolar Moving Company, the moving business in Ithaca, NY, that Johnny and his business partner Dave Hinkle have run for decades.

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


IMA Winner Johnny Dowd has an Indiegogo campaign for his new album Execute American Folklore.

Put “Execute American Folklore” into the hands of the people | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!


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.

– Lincoln Center event

– IMA event

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,

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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