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.
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.
One pit stop, a Sheetz lunch and an intimate view of the Alleghenies later,we arrived in Pittsburgh at Club Cafe. Dead on time, aka too early, John and Mike said hello to Gary,guitarist and old fiend…I mean friend…from Ithaca-Music
Capitol of the World.
John and Mike took advantage of the down time to go over the set.
Then it was time to rock…
And having the good fortune to be touring with Pere Ubu, watch them do the same.
Rob and Jif rock some merch
New to the table-Johnny Dowd drawings,prints and poetry.
Watching the show
Johnny says that the difference between an American rock star and a European rock star is you never see an American rock star combing his hair before a gig.
“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), September 2016
“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)
(Editors note: For those in the know, there’ll be a Party Here tonite!)