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And here’s me as Bob Cratchitt in 1998

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Execute American Folklore Tour – Edgemoor Hotel


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On tour from the USA, the amazing Johnny Dowd band (including Anna Coogan and Mike Edmondson) with support from Park Doing – the Edgemoor Hotel, Haytor Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9LE – Doors – starts 8.00pm – Tickets £15.00. More information and tickets on website

Johnny’s latest album “Execute American Folklore” has just been released to critical acclaim. “There’s intense and there’s Johnny Dowd. He’s Nick Cave with a hangover. Hank’s lonesome whistle spat through Waits’s grinder, with Beefheart on the side.” – Peter Watts, Time Out. You will not get a better chance to experience authentic, courageous, contemporary American music here on our doorstep. We guarantee an unforgettable evening of gothic, junkyard Americana.

Johnny’s first national exposure in the UK came in 2003 in the beautiful, illuminating and highly recommended BBC Arena documentary ‘Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus’, a musical and sociological road trip through the ‘poor white’ southern states. It’s free to view on iPlayer

A really big thank you to you all for enabling us to bring exciting world-class talent to our doorstep.

 – Photos thanks to Matthew North as posted on Facebook


Live Ithaca Underground Show at Cayuga Lodge

We’re honored to announced the first appearance of Johnny Dowd on an Ithaca Underground event! As many of you are aware, Johnny has been bringing experimentation, black humor, & the absurd, with 20+ studio recordings, live albums, & EPs.

Jealousy Mountain Duo have cancelled their 45-day, US/Japan tour due to injury and will return to the road/skies in the fall. Please welcome Johnny as ample recompense while we wish Jorg a speedy recovery.

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POWERDOVE  Since its inception in 2007, the brainchild of Annie Lewandowski has grown from a band of one to one band: of color in a spectrum, of frequency between towers, of bodies reaching toward some abiding vision of nature.


JITTERS  Tampa-bred instrumental math-prog duo that plays fast and futuristic melodies, with busy drums and sonic loopage scattered throughout their songs. Their sound is taut and nervous, full of abrupt, jagged instrumental twists and turns.

BRIAN! wields dynamic and complex compositions that pull influence from the Rock In Opposition movement, classical, jazz, prog, noise, and math-rock, all performed with a loud rock live intensity.
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Johnny Dowd: hometown shows in Ithaca

Noisy alt-country outsider Johnny Dowd will be performing two hometown shows in Ithaca this month. He returns to New York for a free show @ David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on March 10 as part of the Independent Music Awards program. Also on the bill: indie art rock band Bent Knee.

Live dates:


HCTF review of That’s Your Wife on the Back of My Horse.

Merry Christmas from Johnny Dowd


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Johnny Sez: On performing live


“There are two possible options for how the gig went:

One – it was fun.
Two – it wasn’t fun.”

– Johnny Dowd 2015

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Live at the Rongo with Anna Coogan

2 duos, lots of noise, expect cross-pollination…

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“Now I’m going to do something I normally don’t do and I really hate doing, but I feel I should just to show my versatility. I will sing and play a song simultaneously.”
“I’m truly shameless. I’ll do anything for applause. People don’t realize this.”
                                                – Johnny Dowd, The Rongo 2015/08

Interview by Sophisticart

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Real Roots Cafe Reviews That’s Your Wife

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Johnny is one of my heroes. On June 13, 1998 I heard him for the first time live on the radio, during VPRO’s Studio Amstel Festival. The other guests were then still unknown The Handsome Family and Bonnie Prince Billy. Luckily I had a (used) tape plugged into my tape recorder! ‘Wrong Side Of Memphis’ Johnny’s sensational first solo album, also saw the light as homemade demo tape.

Born in Fort Worth (Texas) and still working at Zolar moving in Ithaca (New York), Johnny knows his life always tell in a colorful way. After an appearance in the movie “Searching For The Wrong-Eyed Jesus” (2003) and numerous albums, he wanted for his latest return to the do-it-yourself style recording of his first CD.

The fourteen tracks he has chosen from the double, in two years fixed number. First the music incorporating his “seven-track recorder (one track is broken), as always drawing from different styles. Then inspiration his notebook full of poems and texts with it catchy. He uses the same twenty-five years Electro-Harmonix DRM16, but he wanted to hear a different kind of sound, so mix and mastering were contracted this time on Matt Saccuccimorano. Normally I hate canned drums, but it just belongs to Johnny!

The inventive title comes from Johnny Guitar Watson’s “Gangster Of Love” (1957). He made a poem and that opens, dipped in distorted guitar sounds, the album. Johnny found it nicely match the cover photo of his grandfather, who was sheriff in Oklahoma. This CD Anna Coogan plays the role of singing angel who gives counterbalance Johnny’s nomination opinionated, sometimes deliberately off-key singing and black humor. She effortlessly Johnny’s words echoing in her roles of country diva to “banshee”. Of course it refers to one track (“White Dolemite”) to himself – and to Archie Bell. The “Cadillac Hearse” brings us fantastic guitar riffs to New Orleans and “Why?” With soul influences, a new Dowd classic. The album ends with a long piece in which Willie B (drums) and Mike Edmondson (keyboards) play, Johnny’s acceptance speech is precious!
If you sometimes think that life is not fair, “Fair is where you go if you want to see the pigs race / Fare is what you pay the bus driver to get you to another place”. Excellent album, or as Master of the Absurd ‘Johnny himself would spell the “Xcellent”. (Mother Jinx Records)

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Gargon Throwback-Americana Best of the Month Review


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