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

 

 

 

 

No Depression – The Best of Everything and a Johnny Dowd Xmas

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Johnny Dowd – Execute American Folklore

It’s hard to  believe that Dowd has 20 albums under his belt, not including his contributions to many others, including my personal favorite: a one-of-a kind revisionist/reimagination tribute to Townes Van Zandt, There’s a Hole in Heaven Where Some Sin Slips Through. I was fortunate to catch Dowd twice in July, where he played songs from his 21st album, Execute American Folklore. I have described him before as William S. Burroughs with a guitar, with a pre/post punk mentality, mixed with alt-country. Live, he’s a tightrope walker. But on record, the firebrand is controlled, smooth to the emotional touch as he glides — first on high, then back down to a semblance of Earth.

Dowd’s half-spoken, half-sung lyrics are like poetry set against more of an electronic backdrop that some of his other work, with a groove, a definite groove. You can also dance to it. A nice example is the segue from “Sexual Revolution” (“You’re either part of the problem or part of the pollution” with an under layer of a tortured “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” Wynette-style). That moves into the electronica of “Mr. Muggles,” punctuated with horns and the operatic vocal of Anna Coogan, where Coogan plays Klaus Nomi to Dowd’s Bowie. Then again into “Rumba in the Park” with a Caribbean, rockabilly feel with a distant fuzzy guitar where you have found yourself in a Jim Jarmusch movie. I don’t think Dowd has ever been more literate than on this album, with his vocals distinctly mixed so you can bask into the Beat-like delivery and imagery.  (Dowd is also included in ND’s fall issue, “Speak Up!”)

 – Original Article with The Rest of the Best

                                           It’s a Johnny Dowd Christmas!

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  • December 25th, 2016

There’s no Terrell’s Sound World tonight, but to make up for it, here are THREE Christmas songs from the unstopable Johnny Dowd!

(Thanks and Merry Xmas to T. Tex Edwards, whose tweet just a few minutes ago inspired this post. Now I’m waiting for the T. Tex Christmas album …)

No Depression reviews Execute American Folklore

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Johnny Dowd
It’s hard to  believe that Dowd has 20 albums under his belt, not including his contributions to many others, including my personal favorite: a one-of-a kind revisionist/reimagination tribute to Townes Van Zandt, There’s a Hole in Heaven Where Some Sin Slips Through. 

I was fortunate to catch Dowd twice in July, where he played songs from his 21st, Executive American Folklore. I have described him before as William S. Burroughs with a guitar, with a pre/post punk mentality, mixed with alt-country.

Live, he’s a tightrope walker. But on record, the firebrand is controlled, smooth to the emotional touch as he glides — first on high, then back down to a semblance of Earth.

Dowd’s half-spoken, half-sung lyrics are like poetry set against more of an electronic backdrop that some of his other work, with a groove, a definite groove. You can also dance to it. A nice example is the segue from “Sexual Revolution” (“You’re either part of the problem or part of the pollution” with an under layer of a tortured “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” Wynette-style). That moves into the electronica of “Mr. Muggles,” punctuated with horns and the operatic vocal of Anna Coogan, where Coogan plays Klaus Nomi to Dowd’s Bowie. Then, again into “Rumba in the Park” with a Caribbean, rockabilly feel with a distant fuzzy guitar where you have found yourself in a Jim Jarmusch movie.

I don’t think Dowd has ever been more literate than on this album, with his vocals distinctly mixed so you can bask into the Beat-like delivery and imagery. The album is delivered into your hands on September 9, and is still available via Indiegogo, along with some perks. (Dowd is also included in ND’s fall issue, “Speak Up!”)

 

 – Original Article

KindaMusik reviews That’s Your Wife

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Google translation:

Johnny Dowd, aka the singing mover, late again what is heard. After he made his debut late in life in 1997 with the album Wrong Side of Memphis, an album full of grim and bare folk songs, he has never released the same album. And that is quite an achievement for someone who claims to have no musical talent. Singing has never been able to play guitar and is something he has mastered during his many appearances.

Even with this rather chaotic album enters the maniacal singer again in many new areas and in dark alleys. By which unabashedly gnawing crows vocals and often devilish theme continues all incidentally keep in a dismal Americana accent. As you may be wondering how a pastor with a beatbox sounds, then gives the spoken word of “The Devil Do not Bother Me ‘a good idea. The stiff hip-hop ‘White Dolemite “with lascivious vocals of Anna Coogan, sounds like a filthy mess of The Cramps, Tom Waits and an anonymous street rapper from the ghetto of New Orleans. “Dear John Letter” is hitting techno for rednecks. You can find it at least fascinating.

If there is no such thing as an industrial country music yet, Johnny Dowd has invented That’s Your Wife on the Back of My Horse.. To the average american lover will sound like Metal Machine Music by Lou Reed or backwards for my part Draaiorgel The Arab . There must be someone recognizes the genius of these outrageous antics in this crazy world. If there is room in a museum for a peanut butter floor, there also will be someone who will care of Johnny Dowd.

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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:

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Johnny Dowd website

Avoiding Alliteration and Assorted Admirers review the Lincoln Center Show

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Thursday night after a long day of work, I hoofed it up to the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center for one of their weekly free concerts. This one featured the 2015  Independent Music Award winner Bent Knee, and the ever famous Johnny Dowd Band.

As a personal stalker… I mean fan… of Johnny, I knew what I was getting into with this portion of the performance. Grunge Americana Rock, with a heavy dose of LSD, haunting female back up vocals, and an Alice in Wonderland trip into poetry land. As for 95% of the people showing up for the free show, I think this was a new, mind altering experience.

Johnny Dowd is definitely not for the weak of heart. It’s a wild ride into the depths of surreal lyrics, intentional off key notes to keep you uncomfortable, paired with rockin’ chords to keep you hooked. But the virginal audience held on through the whole ride, through the poetry about life in a Rat’s A**, past the wild guitar solos, and even went along with the sing along crowd participation. In the end, they came out with a new appreciation for a genre they might not have even known existed. And they all seemed to have enjoyed the process.

After Johnny, came the other end of the spectrum. The fresh faced and upbeat to Johnny’s seasoned darkness. Bent Knee, based in Boston, MA, Bent Knee had its beginnings at Berklee College of Music. As their website describes them, they are a “genre-defying art-rock collective”. They’re young, enthusiastic, and ready to rock. Their tunes even got some people out of their seats and dancing. I think the thing I loved best about this band was just the raw energy they had on stage. From the guitar player who looked like he was about to leap off stage, to the female bass player rocking out, everyone on stage just seemed to be having a genuinely great time. Pair that with some great tunes, and who could resist?

To learn more about the event and see photos and videos, check out the Johnny Dowd Fan Club Blog!

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Blog Bonus Feature:

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Johns facebook yr in review

I made my way over to the JD concert last night. The spring like weather brought out the multitudes so he had a packed audience. I tried to get up to the stage afterwards to say hello  but he was surrounded by fans. The electric guitar sound was riveting, his lyrics, country eccentric.  Thanks for the recommendation.

Later, A.

We LOVED the show: wanted more and more. I have all your CDs + book of poetry. I must check your site for new stuff, or T shirt, etc. There is no pigeon-holing you. AND you continue to creatively evolve. Amazing. Never know what you’re gonna come up with next. Maybe, someday, you’ll share w/ me how you do it. BTW: I would even love if u put out a whole CD of your poetry backed up by the appropriate, ambient weird loops. I could go on and on. Joyce and I sincerely loved the show. It was a great night for me, esp getting to meet my “songwriting/performer” idol. Thanks for a night I will never forget (unless I get Alzheimer’s). Go, Go, Johnny Go!

Reggie Bender

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…

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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…

More…Johnny

And finally, a great job by Bent Knee, bringing the show to a rousing conclusion:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Live at The Rongo with B33t Juic3 and Badhand

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

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harikari Reviews That’s Your Wife – Best of 2015

The Best Albums of 2015

 – By Brad

I don’t know why it took me so long to put together this list of The Best Albums of 2015. Just too busy I guess. But now that football season is over, I’ve not much else to do this Valentine’s Day Sunday. Right now I’m just sittin’ around listening to vinyl, drinking Batch 15 IPA and eating some chocolate. Just the right combination to get me motivated enough to list the best albums of 2015 and embed some cool videos.

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I’ve been a big fan of Johnny Dowd ever since I heard his 1999 album, Pictures from Life’s Other Side, and saw him live at The Tractor Tavern. His new album is titled That’s Your Wife on the Back of My Horse, and here’s a quirky video for “White Dolemite”.

– Original Article

Live at Casita Del Polaris with Anna Coogan and Park Doing

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At Casita Del Polaris 8-11pm

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 next stop for us – EUROPA

– Johnny Dowd 02/2016

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