C’mon out to the Silver Line to see Johnny tonight…
…maybe he’ll draw you a picture!
Quinn’s favorite troubadour is back! Fresh off the release of his exploration into American music’s public domain! His new record Twinkle, Twinkle will take you places with classic pieces of the American song book like “Sweet Clementine” and “House of the Rising Sun” that you once thought not possible. Give it a good look at http://johnnydowd.com/
“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)
(The following is from a previous Facebook post for a Quinn’s gig Johnny was forced to cancel, but it bears repeating!-Editors)
Johnny Fucking Dowd at Quinns :
“The clock says noon, but is it midnight? The world without me? That’d be alright” -Johnny
It doesn’t matter what time it is when you hear Johnny Dowd, it’s always too late. The man’s music eclipses everything produced today in the Indie-mainstream. Wry and thought provoking (White Dolemite). Depraved and funky (3/29/48). Playful yet dark and hollow (A World Without Me). Every emotion inspired by these tunes exists balanced on a razors edge. The beauty can only be fully realized when everything falls apart to reveal the nebulous ambivalence of the webs Johnny weaves. The man’s an instituion and we’re all just lucky enough to be late to the party.
Amy Rigby has made a life out of writing and singing about life. With bands Last Roundup and the Shams in eighties NYC East Village to her solo debut Diary Of A Mod Housewife out of nineties Williamsburg; through a songwriting career in 2000s Nashville and during the past decade with duo partner Wreckless Eric, she’s released records on visionary independent labels Rounder, Matador, Signature Sounds and reborn Stiff Records as well as her and Eric’s own Southern Domestic Recordings. The Old Guys, her first solo album in a dozen years, measures the weight of heroes, home; family, friends and time. Philip Roth and Bob Dylan, CD/cassette players, touring, the wisdom of age and Walter White, groupies, Robert Altman, egg creams and mentors are paid tribute. Twelve songs written by Amy and recorded by Wreckless Eric in upstate New York, The Old Guys is the sound of a good girl grown up, never giving up
American alternative country musician. Born 29 March 1948 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
Previous band Neon Baptist disbanded in 1995, and Dowd was recording songs alone in the office of his Zolar Moving Co, songs that first appeared in 1995 on the cassette album Wrong Side Of Memphis, crediting Dowd as a solo artist, featuring Kim Sherwood-Caso on two instances of background vocals. Most of tracks were re-mixed or re-recorded for the CD version of the album, which was initially pressed as a self-released CD and then officially released on the European label Munich Records and the Chicago-based Checkered Past label.
“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 . . . Gloriously deviant.” – The Independant (UK)
“It’s weird, uncompromising and, compared with anything I’ve heard this millennium, certainly unique…beatnik rock, poetry, prose, jazz rock, rap, screaming metal guitar, retro pop, spoken word and country noir.” – MOJO
“There’s nobody quite like Johnny Dowd, a dapper Texan absurdist…like Charles Bukowski backed by a jazz-country funk shuffle…putting to shame artists half his age.” – Uncut
JOHNNY DOWD > www.johnnydowd.com/
Brian Sasaki & The Scuffed Souls > http://www.briansasaki.com
Josh Mover & The Shakers > http://www.joshmover.com/
Doors 8:30pm – Adv. Tickets $9.50 @ Ticketfly: CLICK HERE > https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1672963-johnny-dowd-toronto/
Johnny Dowd has been singing his peculiar form of Texas-tinged dark country music for more than 40 years in various bands (Hellwood, Black Elastic, The Jokers) as well as several solo albums with titles like “A Drunkard’s Masterpiece,” and “Cemetery Shoes.” Dowd performs Tuesday, May 1, at This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., with Hamilton’s own evil twang Chris Houston. $10. Doors open at 8 p.m.
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