Feeling Bad Tour @ PaRaDoX rootZclub 2/3

 

Johnny-Dowd-by-Kat-Dalton

Als twee mensen lang genoeg graven komen ze elkaar uiteindelijk tegen. Johnny Dowd en Melle de Boer graven al jaren tunnels in de menselijke ziel. Als Orpheusen dalen ze af in de onderwereld en nemen met gevaar voor eigen leven de mooiste dingen mee naar boven. Nu komen die tunnels samen. December 2017 komt Johnny Dowd uit met een album met zijn interpretaties van Amerikaanse Folk klassiekers. Liedjes als: Going Down the Road, St. James Infirmary, Tom Dooley, Oh my Darling Clementine. Het zijn Traditionals, de basis van de Amerikaanse muziek. Johnny en Melle zullen ze bijna onherkenbaar brengen. Niet oubollig, maar zoals ze nu moeten klinken, actueel, vol ziel, elektriciteit en noodzakelijkheid. Ze spiegelen een directe reactie op de huidige Amerikaanse samenleving, met alle spanningen en onzekerheden die daarbij denkbaar zijn.

Melle de Boer brengt begin 2018 een album uit. Een solo album heel dichtbij zichzelf. Dit album wordt opgenomen op zijn zolder. Eenzelfde zolder als waarnaar de vader van Melle vertrok na zijn scheiding. Op die zolder wonen spoken. Spoken die liedjes fluisteren. Johnny en Melle gaan touren door Nederland. Ze spelen hun liedjes. Oude liedjes, nieuwe liedjes. Geen suf singer-songwriter avondje maar elektrisch, chaotisch, hard en lelijk, zacht en mooi. Alleen en samen. Ze combineren hun volstrekt eigen werelden om een onvergetelijk, maar vooral uniek optreden te verzorgen. Johnny neemt zijn gitarist Mike Edmondson mee. Hij zorgt voor een gedegen slaggitaar waar Johnny al zijn gekte en chaos in kwijt kan. Mike zingt ook mee. Melle wordt bijgestaan door Suzanne Ypma. Zij heeft samen met Melle zijn nieuwe album opgenomen. Suzanne is van de elektropop. De synthesizer heeft een belangrijke rol in het nieuwe album.

JOHNNY DOWD
Johnny Dowd wordt al tijden een van de laatst overgebleven échte folk originals genoemd. ‘Dowd is misschien niet naar de vorm, maar wel naar de geest een late volgeling van de vooroorlogse blueszangers’ NRC 2001. Johnny Dowd (geboren 29 maart 1948 in Fort Worth, Texas) is een Amerikaanse alt country musicus uit Ithaca, New York. Typisch voor zijn stijl zijn experimentele, luidruchtige, pauzes in zijn liedjes en sterke gotische (in de zin van duistere en sombere) elementen in de liedjes en in de muziek. Er is ook een sterke onderstroom van zwarte humor en het absurde in zijn werk. Als singer-songwriter wordt zijn muziek vergeleken met de muziek van Tom Waits, Nick Cave en Captain Beefheart.

MELLE DE BOER
Vanaf 2001 is Melle bezig met het duiden van zijn ‘Amerikaanse’ muziek.Zijn band Smutfish, opgericht in 1999, heeft sinds het debuutalbum ‘Lawnmower Mind’ een omvangrijk oeuvre opgebouwd en bij verschillende platenmaatschappijen 5 cd’s opgenomen. Door optredens op onder andere Noorderslag, SXSW in Austin, Texas, de Popkomm in Berlijn en het Reeperbahn festival in Hamburg, heeft de band veel getourd door Nederland en Europa. Ook noemenswaardig is de tour met Daniel Johnston in 2007 en 2008. In 2015 vond de release van het album “Trouble” plaats bij het toonaangevende Nederlandse label Excelsior Recordings. De daaruitvolgende tour langs filmhuizen maakte duidelijk dat door tekeningen toe te voegen aan de muziek, de teksten beter begrepen werden, zodoende werd er een extra dimensie aan een optreden toegevoegd.

Melle de Boer

 – Paradox Rootz Club

When two people dig long enough, they eventually meet each other. Johnny Dowd and Melle de Boer have been digging tunnels in the human soul for years. As Orpheusen they descend into the underworld and with danger to their own lives bring out the most beautiful things. Now those tunnels come together. December 2017 Johnny Dowd comes out with an album with his interpretations of American Folk classics. Songs like: Going Down the Road, St. James Infirmary, Tom Dooley, Oh my Darling Clementine. They are Traditionals, the basis of American music. Johnny and Melle will bring them almost unrecognizable. Not quaint, but as they should sound now, current, full of soul, electricity and necessity. They mirror a direct reaction to current American society, with all the tensions and uncertainties that are conceivable in this respect.

Melle de Boer will release an album in early 2018. A solo album very close to itself. This album is recorded in his attic. The same attic as the father of Melle left after his divorce.Ghosts live in that attic. Ghosts that whisper songs. Johnny and Melle are going to tour the Netherlands. They play their songs. Old songs, new songs. Not a dull singer-songwriter night but electric, chaotic, hard and ugly, soft and beautiful. Alone and together. They combine their completely individual worlds to provide an unforgettable, but especially unique, performance. Johnny takes his guitarist Mike Edmondson with him. He provides a solid percussion guitar that Johnny can put all his craziness and chaos into. Mike also sings along. Melle is assisted by Suzanne Ypma. She has recorded his new album together with Melle. Suzanne is from the electropop. The synthesizer has an important role in the new album.

JOHNNY DOWD
Johnny Dowd has been known as one of the last remaining real folk originals. ‘Dowd may not be in the form, but in spirit a late follower of the pre-war blues singers’ NRC 2001. Johnny Dowd (born March 29, 1948 in Fort Worth, Texas) is an American alto country musician from Ithaca, New York. Typical for his style are experimental, noisy, pauses in his songs and strong gothic (in the sense of dark and sombre) elements in the songs and in music. There is also a strong undercurrent of black humor and the absurdity in his work.As a singer-songwriter his music is compared with the music of Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Captain Beefheart.

MELLE DE BOER
Since 2001 Melle has been interpreting his ‘American’ music. His band Smutfish, founded in 1999, has built up an extensive body of work since the debut album ‘Lawnmower Mind’ and recorded 5 CDs at various record companies. Through performances at, among others, Noorderslag, SXSW in Austin, Texas, the Popkomm in Berlin and the Reeperbahn festival in Hamburg, the band has toured a lot through the Netherlands and Europe. Also noteworthy is the tour with Daniel Johnston in 2007 and 2008. In 2015 the release of the album “Trouble” took place at the leading Dutch label Excelsior Recordings. The ensuing tour of film houses made it clear that by adding drawings to the music, the texts were better understood, so an extra dimension to a performance was added.

 

– Translation by Google

Feeling Bad Tour @ The Far from Any Road Festival and Soundblab Review

If memory serves me right it was sometime around 2007 that I first heard Johnny Dowd. I can’t remember anyone’s birthday but I’m usually reasonably accurate when it comes to music. A friend had copies of the Temporary Shelter and Cemetery Shoes albums. What I heard was a brilliantly strange mix of dark, brooding Americana, absurdist humour and musical ingenuity. Like a cross between Nick Cave, Tom Waits and those early Smog albums.

There was a back-catalogue to get stuck into and a string of brilliant, increasingly experimental new albums to absorb but would I ever get to see the self-confessed ultra-scary troubadour play live? He played Sheffield once but I missed it. Then he popped up in a barn on the North York Moors, miles from anywhere. Tonight though, Johnny Dowd has finally made it to The Brudenell Social Club. Part of the collaborative Going Down the Road Feeling Bad tour with Dutch singer-songwriter Melle De Boer.

The Community Room at the Brudenell seemed unusually sparse but that didn’t seem to matter with the arrival of Catalonia’s Joana Serrat. Bathed in light that made everything look a little like the Roadhouse in Twin Peaks (you’ll know what I mean if you’re a fan), Serrat was captivating from the start. Playing an acoustic and accompanied by her brother on drums Serrat played a set of gentle dream-pop including cuts from last year’s Dripping Springs LP.

Serrat’s songwriting is rooted in Americana but delivered through a hazy, reverb-soaked filter. At the centre sits Serrat’s voice; clear, purposeful and soothing. It isn’t really indicative of the acts to follow but Serrats set is spellbinding nonetheless.

The name Melle De Boer had somehow managed to elude me but that’s all about to change. An imposingly tall figure, De Boer takes to the stage with multi-instrumentalist Suzanne Ypma for a set of raw, twisted and charismatic Americana. Much like Johnny Dowd, De Boer takes his traditional influences and stretches them into new and wonderfully strange shapes. One minute he’s Johnny Cash delivering a murder ballad to some Folsom prison inmates, the next he’s on his knees engulfed by feedback.

Ypma is much more than your standard multi-instrumentalist, jumping up and down and throwing everything she has into tribal percussion, electronics and off-kilter guitar accompaniment. She looks like she’s having the time of her life, laughing when her enthusiasm leads to a couple of broken drum sticks.

De Boer and Ympa completely own the stage and deserve our full attention but not everyone’s playing ball. When De Boer spots a couple happily chatting through his set he mischievously holds out the microphone and invites them to have a go. Then, completely deadpan, he introduces the next song as a song about killing his mother. “I did five years” he says “just so you know”. Don’t mess with Melle De Boer, kids.

Joined on stage by regular collaborators Anna Coogan and Mike Edmondson, Johnny Dowd starts his set with some spoken-word and a wall of noise. Happily taking a sledgehammer to any pre-conceptions you might have had about an artist frequently labelled as Americana. They quickly follow this with the twisted carnival sounds of ‘Empty Purse’ and the ridiculous filthy fun of ‘White Dolemite’. The latter introduced by Dowd yelling, “where are the laaaaddddies?”

You might have come to sit through some solemn ballads but Dowd and his band have come to party. Songs like ‘Whiskey Ate My Brain’ show just how well the trio work together; locking into a groove as Dowd pulls every bit of noise he can out of his guitar. It’s noisy, robotic funk of the highest calibre. The funkalicious ‘Freddie’ is rewritten and introduced as ‘I Ate Leeds for Lunch’ while an unexpected cover of Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Smile’ seems particularly wonderful when surrounded by songs about whiskey, death and sex. Humour, as always, is important to Dowd.

His latest album, Twinkle Twinkle, finds him tackling some Americana classics and we’re treated to a number of them tonight. As you’d expect, everything is filtered through Dowd’s unique style. Sharing vocal duties with Coogan, the bands versions of ‘St James Infirmary’ and ‘Red River Valley’ breathe new life into these frequently covered compositions. They also play a particularly beautiful rendition of ‘Wayfaring Stranger’.

At one point De Boer and Ypma come back on stage for a big, communal sing along to the likes of ‘Tom Dooley’ and ‘Oh, My Darling Clementine’. Attempts to get the crowd to join in, frustratingly, have varying degrees of success but a particularly dark song about a car wreck on a highway finally gets everyone singing along. Come on Leeds, it’s Johnny Dowd!

It’s been a really great show from top-to-bottom; from Serrat’s dream-pop (Dowd describes them as “the Spanish Carpenters”) through De Boer and Dowd’s dark, unique, take on Americana. If you get a chance to catch this tour while it’s out on Joana SerratJthe road then I really can’t recommend it enough. After the show I chat to Edmondson at the merch stall and explain, like the rabid fan I am, how long I’ve waited for them to play Leeds. Here’s hoping they come back soon.

 – Andy Brown

JOHNNY DOWD’s “Twinkle, Twinkle” is the Uncut Magazine Americana album of the month! Johnny along with Melle De Boer and new Loose Musicsigning Joana Serrat will open Ffar Festival on Thurs 1st Feb at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds.

If two people mine the same territory long enough, they’ll eventually meet. Johnny Dowd and Melle de Boer have been digging deep into the human soul for a long time. Like Orpheus, they go to the underworld and make beautiful songs about their journeys. Now their journeys are coming together in a collaborative performance.

Johnny will be joined by Mike Edmondson (vocals, guitar), and Melle will be joined by Suzanna Ypma (vocals, drums, synthesizer). They’ll each do a set of their own songs, then together they will perform a set of traditional songs interpreted in an unconventional way. Behind the music will be visuals—drawings, photos. It won’t be a sleepy singer-songwriter night. It will be electric, chaotic, hard and ugly, soft and beautiful. They’ll combine their individual stories to provide a new, unforgettable, and unique performance.

They are both releasing new albums. Melle comes to terms with his parents’ separation, and Johnny does his unique take on old American songs. Both albums are traditional, but not corny. Full of electricity and necessity.

Special guest support from new Loose Music signing Joana Serrat
“like Mazzy Star guesting on an early Neil Young demo” – MOJO
“An amazing artist – an astonishing voice” – Lauren Laverne – BBC Radio 6 Music Recommends

Feeling Bad Tour @ Grenswerk

 

Johnny Dowd & Melle de Boer

Going Down The Road Feeling Bad Tour

Folk & Singer-songwriter

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Als twee mensen lang genoeg graven komen ze elkaar uiteindelijk tegen. Johnny Dowd en Melle de Boer graven al jaren tunnels in de menselijke ziel. Als Orpheusen dalen ze af in de onderwereld en nemen met gevaar voor eigen leven de mooiste dingen mee naar boven. Nu komen die tunnels samen. December 2017 komt Johnny Dowd uit met een album met zijn interpretaties van Amerikaanse Folk klassiekers. Liedjes als: Going Down the Road, St. James Infirmary, Tom Dooley, Oh my Darling Clementine. Het zijn Traditionals, de basis van de Amerikaanse muziek. Johnny en Melle zullen ze bijna onherkenbaar brengen. Niet oubollig, maar zoals ze nu moeten klinken, actueel, vol ziel, elektriciteit en noodzakelijkheid. Ze spiegelen een directe reactie op de huidige Amerikaanse samenleving, met alle spanningen en onzekerheden die daarbij denkbaar zijn.

Melle de Boer brengt begin 2018 een album uit. Een solo album heel dichtbij zichzelf. Dit album wordt opgenomen op zijn zolder. Eenzelfde zolder als waarnaar de vader van Melle vertrok na zijn scheiding. Op die zolder wonen spoken. Spoken die liedjes fluisteren. Johnny en Melle gaan touren door Nederland. Ze spelen hun liedjes. Oude liedjes, nieuwe liedjes. Geen suf singer-songwriter avondje maar elektrisch, chaotisch, hard en lelijk, zacht en mooi. Alleen en samen. Ze combineren hun volstrekt eigen werelden om een onvergetelijk, maar vooral uniek optreden te verzorgen. Johnny neemt zijn gitarist Mike Edmondson mee. Hij zorgt voor een gedegen slaggitaar waar Johnny al zijn gekte en chaos in kwijt kan. Mike zingt ook mee. Melle wordt bijgestaan door Suzanne Ypma. Zij heeft samen met Melle zijn nieuwe album opgenomen. Suzanne is van de elektropop. De synthesizer heeft een belangrijke rol in het nieuwe album.

  – Original source

When two people dig long enough, they eventually meet each other. Johnny Dowd and Melle de Boer have been digging tunnels in the human soul for years. As Orpheusen they descend into the underworld and with danger to their own lives bring out the most beautiful things. Now those tunnels come together. December 2017 Johnny Dowd comes out with an album with his interpretations of American Folk classics.Songs like: Going Down the Road, St. James Infirmary, Tom Dooley, Oh my Darling Clementine. They are Traditionals, the basis of American music. Johnny and Melle will bring them almost unrecognizable. Not quaint, but as they should sound now, current, full of soul, electricity and necessity. They mirror a direct reaction to current American society, with all the tensions and uncertainties that are conceivable in this respect.

 

Melle de Boer will release an album in early 2018. A solo album very close to itself. This album is recorded in his attic. The same attic as the father of Melle left after his divorce. Ghosts live in that attic. Ghosts that whisper songs.Johnny and Melle are going to tour the Netherlands. They play their songs. Old songs, new songs. Not a dull singer-songwriter night but electric, chaotic, hard and ugly, soft and beautiful. Alone and together. They combine their completely own worlds to provide an unforgettable, but especially unique, performance. Johnny takes his guitarist Mike Edmondson with him. He provides a solid percussion guitar where Johnny can put all his craziness and chaos into it. Mike also sings along. Melle is assisted by Suzanne Ypma. She has recorded his new album together with Melle. Suzanne is from the electropop. The synthesizer has an important role in the new album.

 – Translation by Google

JOHNNY DOWD & MELLE DE BOER VRIJKAART: 26 jan Grenswerk, Venlo

Het is alweer twintig jaar geleden dat Johnny Dowd met zijn Wrong Side Of Memphis opeens op vijftigjarige leeftijd een publiek voor zijn country noir vond, na een leven aan de zelfkant van het bestaan. Vijftien albums later – Twinkle, Twinkle is de nieuwste – bundelt hij zijn krachten met beeldend kunstenaar en Smutfish-voorman Melle de Boer voor de Going Down The Road Feeling Bad tournee. Het duo belooft een avond vol ‘ziel, actualiteit en elektriciteit’.

Twenty years have passed since Johnny Dowd, with his Wrong Side Of Memphis, suddenly found an audience for his country noir at the age of fifty, after a life on the fringes of existence. Fifteen albums later – Twinkle, Twinkle is the latest – he joins forces with visual artist and Smutfish leader Melle de Boer for the Going Down The Road Feeling Bad tour. The duo promises an evening full of ‘soul, actuality and electricity’.

 – Oor

 

Feeling Bad Tour @ Alstadt

Johnny Dowd & Melle de Boer

Als twee mensen lang genoeg graven komen ze elkaar uiteindelijk tegen. Johnny Dowd en Melle de Boer (die we kennen van Smutfish) wroeten al jaren door de gangen van de menselijke ziel. Als Orpheusen dalen ze af in de onderwereld en nemen met gevaar voor eigen leven de mooiste dingen mee naar boven. Nu komen hun tunnels samen!

Johnny en Melle gaan touren door Nederland. Ze spelen hun liedjes. Oude liedjes, nieuwe liedjes. Geen suf singer-songwriter avondje maar elektrisch, chaotisch, hard en lelijk, zacht en mooi. Alleen, en dan weer samen. Ze combineren hun volstrekt eigen werelden om een onvergetelijk, maar vooral uniek optreden te verzorgen.

When two people dig long enough, they eventually meet each other. Johnny Dowd and Melle de Boer (whom we know from Smutfish) have been rooting through the corridors of the human soul for years. As Orpheusen they descend into the underworld and with danger to their own lives bring out the most beautiful things. Now their tunnels are coming together!

Johnny and Melle are going to tour the Netherlands. They play their songs. Old songs, new songs. Not a dull singer-songwriter night but electric, chaotic, hard and ugly, soft and beautiful. Alone, and then together again.They combine their completely own worlds to provide an unforgettable, but especially unique, performance.

Johnny Dowd

Johnny Dowd komt in december 2017 uit met een album met zijn interpretaties van Amerikaanse Folk klassiekers. Liedjes als Going Down the Road, St. James Infirmary, Tom Dooley, Oh my Darling Clementine. Het zijn ‘traditionals’, de basis van de Amerikaanse muziek. Johnny en Melle zullen ze bijna onherkenbaar brengen. Niet oubollig, maar zoals ze nu moeten klinken, actueel, vol ziel, elektriciteit en noodzakelijkheid. Ze spiegelen een directe reactie op de huidige Amerikaanse samenleving, met alle spanningen en onzekerheden die daarbij denkbaar zijn. Johnny neemt zijn gitarist Mike Edmondson mee. Hij zorgt voor een gedegen slaggitaar waar Johnny al zijn gekte en chaos in kwijt kan. Mike zingt ook mee.

Johnny Dowd will release in December 2017 with an album with his interpretations of American Folk classics.Songs like Going Down the Road, St. James Infirmary, Tom Dooley, Oh my Darling Clementine. They are ‘traditionals’, the basis of American music. Johnny and Melle will bring them almost unrecognizable. Not quaint, but as they should sound now, current, full of soul, electricity and necessity. They mirror a direct reaction to current American society, with all the tensions and uncertainties that are conceivable in this respect. Johnny takes his guitarist Mike Edmondson with him. He provides a solid percussion guitar where Johnny can put all his craziness and chaos into it. Mike also sings along.

Melle de Boer

Melle de Boer brengt begin 2018 een album uit. Een solo album heel dicht bij zichzelf. Dit album wordt opgenomen op zijn zolder, eenzelfde als waarnaar de vader van Melle vertrok na zijn scheiding. Op die zolder wonen spoken. Spoken die liedjes fluisteren. Melle wordt bijgestaan door Suzanne Ypma. Zij heeft samen met Melle zijn nieuwe album opgenomen. Suzanne is van de elektropop. De synthesizer heeft een belangrijke rol in het nieuwe album.

Melle de Boer will release an album in early 2018. A solo album very close to itself. This album is recorded in his attic, the same as the one that Melle’s father left after his divorce. Ghosts live in that attic. Ghosts that whisper songs. Melle is assisted by Suzanne Ypma. She has recorded his new album together with Melle. Suzanne is from the electropop. The synthesizer has an important role in the new album.

Indebanvan reviews Twinkle Twinkle

 

JOHNNY DOWD-TWINKLE, TWINKLE

High fun factor

Making a cover album the umpteenth highlight in your impressive oeuvre. Johnny Dowd succeeds. It should be said that the performances on “Twinkle, Twinkle” are just as idiosyncratic as their own compositions.

EXECUTE AMERICAN FOLKLORE, AGAIN

The opening track ‘Execute American Folklore, Again’, which is completely out of hand, is related to the predecessor ” Execute American Folklore “. You would almost think that Dowd is still politically active in his old age.

FIGHT THE POWER

This previous album was strongly hip-hop oriented. There is no question on “Twinkle, Twinkle”. Although Johnny Dowd quotes Public Enemy (“Fight the power”) in the opening song. Vocally, the Bluesman appears old-fashioned with its cross-section of American traditionals. Although American …

The song to which the album title refers, ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’, is a poem by the English poet Jane Taylor on a French melody. (‘Ah! Vous dirai-you, maman’).

MELODIC HIGHLIGHT

Also ‘The Cuckoo’ has been adopted from England. It gets a solid beat from Johnny Dowd. That does not matter. Singer Anna Coogan manages to make it a melodic highlight.

‘Trouble In Mind’ (performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone, among others), gets an Industrial approach from Johnny Dowd on which a synthesizer is also flogged.

FUNKY JOHNNY DOWD

‘Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad ‘(which we know from Woody Guthrie and The Grateful Dead) has never sounded as funky as it is now. Also ‘Red River Valley’, one of the Top 100 Western Songs, gets a funky treatment.

The Christian hymn ‘Rock of Ages’ is in the hands of Johnny Dowd completely of this time. ‘John the Revelator’, a primeval tone number, gets a respectful performance.

HIGH FUN FACTOR

On ‘House of the Rising Sun’ the hiphopper Johnny Dowd pops up again. Together with ‘Tom Dooley’ and ‘Oh, My Darling, Clementine’ it makes sure that “Twinkle, Twinkle” enters the books as the album from Johnny Dowd’s oeuvre with by far the highest fun factor.

An album on which even the darkest chapter in Job’s biblical book can result in a funky ode to the Friday.

“Twinkle, Twinkle” is available from January 12, 2018.

Johnny Dowd-Twinkle, Twinkle

Tracklist:
Execute American Folklore, Again
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
The Cuckoo
Trouble in Mind
Going Down the Road Feeling Bath
St. James Infirmary Blues
Red River Valley
Rock of Ages
John the Revelator
Tom Dooley
House of the Rising Sun
Oh, My Darling, Clementine
Job 17: 11-17

RELEASE DETAILS
Genre : Blues , Folk
Label : Mother Jinx Records
Country : USA
Format : CD
Date: January 12, 2018, 00:00

 – Translation by Google

 – Original article