September 26, 2016

The reviews have been coming in:

CD cover art by Melle de Boer, design by Kat Dalton.

CD cover art by Melle de Boer, design by Kat Dalton.

“Soaked in swirling guitars with extraterrestrial synth sounds throughout, Dowd here creates a piece which is on a par with the best of Beck.”

—Americana-uk.com

 

“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)

 

“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)

 

“Great album.“

— Oor (Netherlands)

 

The Euro tour starts in about two weeks. Dates here. Note that the October 24 show has changed. It’s now in Old Colwyn, UK (Wales).


September 9, 2016

Available now! Song samples on new record page. Available in stores and Amazon in Europe, on our store page  (autographed), and at iTunes and other digital outlets worldwide.

Thanks again to all the Indiegogo campaign donors who made this release possible.

Here’s a nice review that came out today:

“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. The songs, narrated in Dowd’s ornery, fatalist drawl, feature his usual cast of hapless characters adrift in a world of mordant ill-fortune, but this time they are driven by mutant funk grooves crafted with buzzing, quacking synthesisers. ’Unease And Deviance’ sets the tone, harsh drum-machine driving its account of ’twisted terror, vicious pleasure’; before the protagonists of ’Sexual Revolution’ and ’Rhumba In The Park’ suffer their below-the-belt blows. But balancing this is the maniacal glee with which Dowd recounts the detriments of booze and drugs in ’Whiskey Ate My Brain,’ climaxing in the album’s most wonderfully tortured burst of guitar noise. Gloriously deviant.“ (4/5) —Andy Gill, The Independent (UK), September 9, 2016


September 3, 2016

The final batch of perks were shipped to Indiegogo donors last Thursday. Whew. About 200 packages went out all together. Thanks again to everyone who made Johnny’s campaign a success.

“Execute American Folklore“ will be released on September 9. CDs will be in stores and at Amazon in Europe (distributed by Cadiz Music), on this site, and at iTunes and other digital outlets worldwide.

A few reviews have been coming in, such as this one:

“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, which is like opening a case of gelignite. Whatever lurks inside, you know it ain’t going to be an easy ride, and this is no exception. ’Whiskey Ate My Brain’ comes on like some crazed ZZ Top out-take, before Mr. Dowd goes on to rail about his ’Modern Woman,’ and the demented title track does just what it suggests. Never a man to run from the truth, if there was any justice, this guy would be a legend.“ — Acoustic Magazine (UK)


Photo by Amos Perrine

Photo by Amos Perrine

Had a fabulous time at Grassroots Festival in Trumansburg, New York, a couple of weeks ago. That’s Anna Coogan and Mike Edmondson there with me, and here’s an excerpt from Amos Perrine’s report at the No Depression site:

“Johnny Dowd was a firebrand last year playing very late on Saturday night. This year he did two sets—both special in their own distinct ways. Even when the material is much the same, as any Dowd fan knows, no two performances are alike. Such was the case here as he geared up for a European tour. The first night was vintage Dowd, hard edged as if he were William S. Burroughs with a guitar; the second afternoon set, as one dedicated follower put it, was more accessible. But I think clarity may be the more apt observation. In any event, both performances were spellbinding, as you never quite knew where this pre-/post-punkster tightrope walker, with a touch of insurgent alt-country, would take you. I even saw him smile a time or two.“

It indeed was a nice warmup for the European tour (dates here).

Indiegogo donors: The perks are almost ready to be shipped out. We picked up the Zolar t-shirts this week, and they look great. You Zolar Moving Company honorary employees will be stylin’!

The new record, “Execute American Folklore,“ will be released on September 9. Thanks again to Indiegogo donors for helping to make it happen.


July 15, 2016

Moving ahead with the new record and looking forward to the October European tour.

Perks for Indiegogo donors are being manufactured—Zolar t-shirts, Neon Baptist CDs—and will be ready to ship in August. Thanks again to everyone who contributed.

Perks are still available at Indiegogo in case you still want to order something.

Be sure to check out the songs The Mouthhole recorded (here) to raise money for my campaign. Very cool stuff. The one for Jade is a good one to start with.


July 3, 2016

Thanks again to everyone who contributed to Johnny's Indiegogo campaign for his new record, “Execute American Folklore.“ It was a huge success because of YOU.

We were getting requests for the Indiegogo perks—the new CD, Neon Baptist CDs, Zolar t-shirts—after the campaign ended, so we put the campaign into “In Demand“ which makes the perks available again.

Funds raised over goal will go to costs connected to the new record and the October tour to support it.

Thanks again for supporting Johnny!


June 30, 2016

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.

The two-CD Neon Baptist package is available until this Saturday, July 2, 11:59 PM, PDT, on my Indiegogo page HERE.


June 28, 2016

Photo by Kat Dalton

Photo by Kat Dalton

Success

Thanks to everyone who contributed to my Indiegogo campaign for my new album, “Execute American Folkore“—we reached our goal last evening. You had 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 this coming Saturday, July 2, at 11:59 PM, PDT. Perks are 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 album.

Here’s a sample from the Neon Baptist CD package (at Indiegogo). It was recorded on April 27, 1991, at The Nines in Ithaca, New York. Besides me, you’ll hear Dave Hinkle, Jennifer Edmondson, Mike Edmondson, Cally Arthur, and Max Ormond. Hope you enjoy.

Thanks again for your support!

—Johnny


June 23, 2016

Photo by Kat Dalton

Photo by Kat Dalton

Indiegogo campaign extended

We were so close—89% of goal last night when the campaign was going to end. So I decided to extend the campaign ten days.

Indiegogo lets you extend just once. So I have until July 2 to get that final 11%.

I’ll be adding a new perk or two tomorrow. Will keep you posted on that.

Thanks to everyone who has brought me this far—I’m blown away by your kindness!

If you know anyone who might be interested in this project, please spread the word. It will help if I can reach new people. Remember there’s a sample from the album just below (“World Without Me“).

Thanks again,
Johnny


June 17, 2016

Hello everyone. Thought you might like to hear a song from my new album, “Execute American Folklore“ (at right).

If you like it, please make a donation to my Indiegogo campaign, so I can get this album into your hands! Lots of cool perks for donors:

Johnny Dowd at Indiegogo

Many thanks to everyone who has contributed so far.

Also. . . please help spread the word in these last days. Thanks.

—Johnny


Please visit Johnny’s Indiegogo page HERE.

June 14, 2016

Thanks, everyone, for your continuing support of my Indiegogo campaign. As of today, I’ve reached 64% of my goal.

In the past week, one fabulous donor chose the song perk, so I’ll be writing and recording a special song in July. That will be fun.

Remember, the song perk is still available. I’d like nothing better than to write a song for you, you, and especially YOU!

We reduced the donation necessary for the framed painting (below). It’s really a cool piece of art which has been hanging on my living room wall and was reproduced on the cover of my “A Drunkard’s Masterpiece” CD. It’s a vibrant watercolor by Kurt Herrmann and comes matted and framed.

Thanks again, and please help spread the word. There are only 10 days left in my campaign.
 

—Johnny

Painting by Kurt Herrmann. One of the perks at Johnny's Indiegogo campaign. Was reproduced on his "A Drunkard's Masterpiece" CD.

Painting by Kurt Herrmann. One of the perks at Johnny's Indiegogo campaign. Was reproduced on his "A Drunkard's Masterpiece" CD.


May 30, 2016

Big THANKS to everyone who has contributed to my Indiegogo campaign so far. Totally overwhelmed with your great support. Also appreciate all your nice emails.

I’d be grateful if you would spread the word. There are Facebook and other links on the Indiegogo page. About three weeks left. Here’s the link again:

Johnny Dowd at Indiegogo

—Johnny


May 23, 2016

Hello everyone.

I just launched my Indiegogo campaign for my new album. I think you’ll like the perks: the new album, Neon Baptist CDs, t-shirts, and more. Please check it out here:

Johnny Dowd at Indiegogo

There are a couple snippets from the new album in the video.

Will be grateful for sharing on Facebook, Twitter, emails to friends.....

Thanks.

—Johnny


May 17, 2016

I just finished my new album, “Execute American Folklore.” I’m really happy with it. I think it’s the most danceable one yet.

I’ll launch an Indiegogo campaign next week, because I need your help to get this album into your hands. There will be lots of cool perks for supporters (hint: Neon Baptist fans will be pleased). Will post the Indiegogo link next Monday or Tuesday.
 
My October European tour is booked. Just have a couple dates to fill; all the other shows are confirmed. Band members Mike Edmondson and Anna Coogan will be coming, and Park Doing will be support for the first half of tour and Mark Lotterman for the second half. Looking forward to seeing my friends on the other side of the pond! You can check out the schedule on my tour page here.

Remember, you can get the latest Johnny news sent directly to your inbox by signing up for my newsletter here. Just type your email address in the “Subscribe” box at top of page.

—Johnny


April 13, 2016

Park Doing. Photo by Kat Dalton.

Park Doing. Photo by Kat Dalton.

Johnny’s October European tour is almost all booked. We’ll announce the dates soon, when all the shows are confirmed. But, for now, we’re excited to announce Johnny’s support for the tour: Park Doing (above) for the first two weeks and Mark Lotterman (below) for the final week.

Park uses looped live vocals and guitar, beats, atmospheric sounds, morse code, and other samples to create a very cool experimental folk music. He started out as a punk rocker, playing at the famous CBGB and Bowery Ballroom in New York. His current musical project is the space folk opera, “Woody Guthrie Meets the Sun.“

Our good Dutch friend and talented songwriter Mark Lotterman is one of our favorite musicians, too. Check out his current multimedia project, “Holland,“ here.

Mark Lotterman. Photo by Hugo Goudswaard.

Mark Lotterman. Photo by Hugo Goudswaard.


March 19, 2016

Johnny and the band had a blast at Lincoln Center. There was a good crowd, and the show went well. Thanks again to Martin Folkman and his lovely wife and business partner, Jude Folkman, of the Independent Music Awards, for making this happen. A night to remember!

Anna Coogan and Johnny Dowd at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, March 10, 2016. Photo by Jennifer Edmondson.

Anna Coogan and Johnny Dowd at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, March 10, 2016. Photo by Jennifer Edmondson.

Johnny Dowd and Mike Edmondson at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, March 10, 2016. Photo by Jennifer Edmondson.

Johnny Dowd and Mike Edmondson at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, March 10, 2016. Photo by Jennifer Edmondson.


March 2, 2016

Photo by Kat Dalton

Photo by Kat Dalton

This to remind Johnny’s fans in the New York City area that he will be performing at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center next week—Thursday, March 10, at 7:30 PM. The show is an Independent Music Awards (IMA) event. (It’s not an awards show, only performances.) Band members Mike Edmondson and Anna Coogan will be performing with Johnny, and Bent Knee is also on the bill.

The show is free, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for more information at the Lincoln Center web site. The Independent Music Awards Facebook page for the event is here. The David Rubenstein Atrium’s Facebook page is here.

It promises to be a fabulous show. Catch it if you can!

Many thanks to Martin Folkman and the Independent Music Awards for organizing this show and for their ongoing commitment to indie artists.

Ithaca-area folks can catch Johnny at the Rongo in Trumansburg this Saturday, March 5.


February 16, 2016

Photo by Kat Dalton

Photo by Kat Dalton

Johnny has a new band member: the talented Anna Coogan (shown above with Johnny). She’ll be performing with Johnny and Mike Edmondson at the Lincoln Center show on March 10 and will also be on the European tour in October.

If you’re in the New York City area, do try to catch the Lincoln Center show—Johnny doesn’t get to New York very often. It’s in the David Rubenstein Atrium and free. It's one of the Independent Music Awards’ (IMA) two shows a year at the Atrium. Thanks again to Martin Folkman at IMA for inviting Johnny to do this. Click here for more information about the show.


January 19, 2016

Photo by Kat Dalton

Photo by Kat Dalton

We have exciting news: Johnny will be performing at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center in New York on Thursday, March 10, at 7:30 PM. Our good friend Martin Folkman of The Independent Music Awards invited Johnny to perform as part of their semiannual program at the Atrium. Also on the bill is Bent Knee, an art-rock band from Boston.

The show is free, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for more information at the Lincoln Center web site. The Independent Music Awards Facebook page for the event is here. The David Rubenstein Atrium’s Facebook page is here.

Many thanks to Martin for asking Johnny to do this! It should be a fabulous show.
 


December 16, 2015

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In the spirit of the season, we’d like you to have this free download—Johnny’s version of “Jingle Bells.“ This was recorded live. We aren’t sure where or when! Besides Johnny, you’ll hear Kim Sherwood-Caso (vocals), Willie B (drums), and Justin Asher (guitar).

Above is a photo taken on Christmas morning, a long time ago—Johnny, photographed by his father, in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.

The “Best of 2015“ lists are starting to appear. We see that Johnny’s That’s Your Wife on the Back of My Horse made the Here Comes the Flood list (here).

Best wishes to you all for a happy and musical holiday season.


November 7, 2015

Neon Baptist, circa 1991. Front, left to right: Johnny Dowd, Cally Arthur. Back, left to right: Dave Hinkle, Mike Edmondson, Jennifer Dowd. Not shown: Max Ormond. Photo by Kat Dalton.

Neon Baptist, circa 1991. Front, left to right: Johnny Dowd, Cally Arthur. Back, left to right: Dave Hinkle, Mike Edmondson, Jennifer Dowd. Not shown: Max Ormond. Photo by Kat Dalton.

Here’s a little treat for you: a free download of Johnny’s song “Testify,” performed by his band Neon Baptist on January 11, 1991, at The Haunt in Ithaca, New York. Band members, in addition to Johnny (vocals/guitar), were Dave Hinkle (bass), Mike Edmondson (guitar), Jennifer Dowd (drums/vocals), Cally Arthur (vocals), and Max Ormond (guitar).

If you would like Johnny to put out a CD of live Neon Baptist recordings, please let us know via the contact page. He has a lot, possibly enough good ones for a double-CD release.

We have reduced prices on CDs on the store page. Maybe you have friends or family who would like recordings by a scary troubadour for Christmas.


October 12, 2015

Many thanks to Louk Voncken for the video (above) he created for Johnny’s song “White Dolemite,“ from That's Your Wife on the Back of My Horse.


October 7, 2015

Johnny and Mike Edmondson performed on Anna Coogan’s front porch at Porchfest, Ithaca, New York, on September 27. Anna joined them on some of the songs, such as the one shown in this video shot by Johnny’s sister, Jennifer Edmondson.
    Anna and Willie B are currently on tour in Europe. If you are in any of the cities they’ll be in, be sure to check them out. Their tour dates are here.
    Johnny will be touring Europe himself in October 2016. He’s working hard on his new record which will be released in September 2016.


September 11, 2015

Here's a free download for you. It‘s a new song I wrote called “Walk Away.“ This recording is from my show at El Lokal, Zurich, Switzerland, in April of this year.


July 31, 2015

The Mekons at The Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA, July 25, 2015. Photo by Johnny Dowd.

The Mekons at The Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA, July 25, 2015. Photo by Johnny Dowd.

Johnny Dowd selfie with The Mekons.

Johnny Dowd selfie with The Mekons.

Just finished four fantastic gigs with the fabulous Mekons. What a great band—and good folks. Mike Edmondson and I were warmly received by the audiences. Makes me want to start gigging more in the good old USA.

I’m just getting started on my new record and have a good feeling about it. If you don’t have my latest, That’s Your Wife on the Back of My Horse, it’s not too late to buy it.

Later, alligators.


July 1, 2015

I'm having a Fourth of July SALE on my CDs on the store page. Get ‘em while you can.

Posted some new gigs on the tour page. Getting ready for my shows with the Mekons. If there are any tickets still available, get one!

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Please check out my friend Andy Weaver’s posthumous record, Sometime Man, released on English Electric Records. You can read a very nice review here. “It’s raw, intense, vital, and uncompromising—just like the man.”

We lost Andy much too soon. He was a great songwriter and musician from Sheffield, UK, with whom I had the pleasure of working over the years. His wife, Joi Rathbone, asked me to help with the production of Sometime Man. It was an honor. Matt Saccuccimorano did an amazing job on the mixes.


Johnny Dowd by Kat Dalton

June 8, 2015

Tested out my “concept” last night at Felicia’s (Ithaca): Mike Edmondson playing the Korg Wavedrum and yours truly on the baritone guitar. A few kinks to work out before we hit the road with The Mekons, but, overall, we made a glorious racket. I’ll be posting some examples soon.
    The 7-inch vinyl I made with Mark Lotterman is now available on the store page. Sending to U.S. addresses only because shipping it to Europe is very expensive. But if you are in Europe and really want one, please send us a message via the contact page, and we can let you know the cost. Only have 15 copies.
    A lovely Romanian woman, Ruxandra Stoian, interviewed me for her blog. You can read the interview here.


May 12, 2015

Oh, boy! Mike and I are opening for rock n roll legends The Mekons for four dates in July. Don't miss this. (See tours page for schedule.)


May 5, 2015

Tour report from Johnny

Pim and Niek Hoogland. Photo by Johnny Dowd.

Pim and Niek Hoogland. Photo by Johnny Dowd.

Things lost: toothbrush and toothpaste, two beautiful egg holders (gift from Pim and Niek), eyeglasses.
    A tour is kind of like a rabbit’s tail, too short or too long. Depends if you are coming or going.

Stayed with Pim and Niek Hoogland after the show in Krefeld, Germany. Potters. They live on the grounds of a monastery. The nuns dress in pink and have taken a vow of silence. The priests do the shopping.
    I met a blind Kung Fu master in Brighton. He used to manage bands, talked like a pirate and offered to manage me. Wonderful fellow. Irish, I think.

Johnny Dowd and Mike Edmondson. Photo by Mark Lotterman.

Johnny Dowd and Mike Edmondson. Photo by Mark Lotterman.

Did a bunch of shows with Mr. Mark Lotterman, a Dutch singer, songwriter, and extraordinary talent. He is a prince of a fellow. We may do an album together about a woman from Denmark who came to Holland and killed her landlord. She was hung—Rembrandt made a drawing of this.
    My sister Jennifer Edmondson and her husband Mike were on the tour with me. Jennifer handled the merch. Mike drove and played guitar. They did a fantastic job and taught me a lot about plants (their usual business is landscaping).
    Played an alt-country festival in Hengelo, Netherlands. Cleared the room in two minutes. I guess I still have the magic touch.
    At the Guitar Bar in Nottingham, we all wore funny hats.
    In Lille, France, and Rotterdam, The Netherlands, the shows were on boats. A French girl said my blues name should be “Gin Apple Johnny.”

Spent a couple of days at the end of the tour with my buddy Rik van Iersel and his lovely wife Agnes. Rik and I did some recording and made a dance video.
    Thanks to Jair Hoogland at Sedate Booking and to Kat Dalton for all their hard work on this tour. Thanks also to all the people who came to see us.

On the last day of the tour, I was eaten by balloons.

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April 18, 2015

Johnny Dowd at N9 in Eeklo, Belgium, April 2015. Photo by Mark Lotterman

Johnny Dowd at N9 in Eeklo, Belgium, April 2015. Photo by Mark Lotterman

Mike Edmondson. Photo by Mark Lotterman.

Mike Edmondson. Photo by Mark Lotterman.

Welcome to Johnny’s new site. He’s in Europe right now, on tour to promote his new album, “That's Your Wife on the Back of My Horse,“ and having a blast.
    He asked me to thank everyone who has come to his shows—he really enjoyed seeing and talking to you. Some of the shows in the UK were sold out, and the response in general has been phenomenal. There are still some shows left. Please check the tours page to see if there will be one near you.
    Mike Edmondson has been accompanying Johnny on some of the songs, and the talented songwriter/musician Mark Lotterman was on the bill for all the UK shows, as well as the Eeklo and Lille shows. Be sure to check out his music if you haven’t already. If you like Johnny, you will like Mark—they’re kindred spirits. Mark will be catching up with Johnny again for the Zeist show.
    We hope you like the new site. Our plan is for Johnny to regularly upload interesting little audio clips—music he’s working on, recordings from shows, verbal meanderings. . . who knows what. Feedback is always appreciated. You can email Johnny via the form on the contact page.

April 23 update: There are some nice photos of the V11 show in Rotterdam at the Zinesters site here.

—Kat Dalton

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