To try to categorize Johnny Dowd: Ithaca, New York’s legendary, idiosyncratic genius, is like trying to hold back a hurricane with a windbreak. It’s just not possible.To do so would be foolhardy, to say the least.
Far from trying to alienate an audience, or create his own chin-stroking niche, for his tenth album, Execute American Folklore, that has been released half September, Dowd has delivered his most accessible yet. As he says: “I thought every record I made, with the exception of Wrong Side of Memphis, would be my ticket into the main stream and big record sales. The fact that I have been wrong each time doesn’t discourage me.”
From the opening bars of “Unease and Deviance” to the final, sing-along joviality of “A World Without Me” a duet with the fabulous Anna Coogan who floats through the album with unrestrained glee, it’s clear that Johnny has had a great deal of fun making this record.
Held together with pulsating rhythms and drive, beatbox and synths pumping out mercurial beats while Dowd’s unmistakable tones pierce the songs like a maniacal cheerleader for the masses, Dowd charts a territory bordered by futuristic funk on one side and exploratory electronica on the other. Dowd’s aural playground is a place for everyone to gorge themselves on the fine fruits of a master aural manipulator at play.
Mark Lotterman followed Johnny Dowd on his European tour in 2015
Execute American Folklore not only pushes the envelope one step further for a musician who tore up the rule book years ago, it reaffirms Dowd’s place as one of America’s creative ambassadors of invention, mirth, and sonic wonderment. Hell, this is even a Dowd record you can dance to! And so can you, as he will be on tour in Europe all October!
12-10-2016: Haarlem (NL) @ Patronaat *
13-10-2016: Norderstedt (DE) @ Music Star *
14-10-2016: Krefeld (DE) @ Kulturrampe *
15-10-2016: Zeist (NL) @ De Peppel *
17-10-2016: Zurich (CH) @ El Lokal *
19-10-2016: Bristol (UK) @ The Thunderbolt *
20-10-2016: Liverpool (UK) @ Dumbulls *
21-10-2016: Bovey Tracey (UK) @ Edgemoor Hotel *
22-10-2016: North York Moorse (UK) @ The Band Room *
23-10-2016: Glasgow (UK) @ O2 ABC2 Glasgow *
24-10-2016: Colwyn Bay (UK) @ Tape Community
25-10-2016: London (UK) @ The Islington º
26-10-2016: Eye (UK) @ The Bank Eye º
27-10-2016: Sheffield (UK) @ Greystones º
29-10-2016: Zemst (BE) @ GC De Melkerij º
30-10-2016: Eindhoven (NL) @ Bureau Beukorkest at TAC º
Apparently to try and categorize Johnny Dowd – Ithaca, New York’s legendary idiosyncratic genius – is like “trying to hold back a hurricane with a windbreak. It’s just not possible or indeed beneficial. To do so would be foolhardy , to say the least.” If anyone has tried, do drop us a line. Anyway you can read our review of his new album “Execute American Folklore” here or find out for yourself when he hits the UK in a couple of weeks for a string of dates.
Johnny Dowd 2016 UK Dates
19th October – The Thunderbolt. BRISTOL
20th October – Dumbulls, LIVERPOOL
21st October – Edgemoor Hotel, BOVEY TRACEY
22nd October – Band Room, FARNDALE
23rd October – ABC2, GLASGOW
24th October – TAPE Community Arts, OLD COLWYN
25th October – The Islington, LONDON
26th October – The Bank Eye, EYE
27th October – Greystones, SHEFFIELD
I am boarding a jet plane (or a prop plane, as the case will be out of the tiny Ithaca airport) to Amsterdam on Monday, to join Johnny Dowd on his European CD release tour. Looking forward to Dutch cheese, coffee, Belgium beers, and British egg and cress sandwiches. Onward. Dates listed on my tour page, or at http://www.johnnydowd.com.
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.
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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