January 27, 2012

Johnny Dowd: "Nancy" video, new album "No Regrets" 04/02

Watch the new Johnny Dowd video for Nancy from his upcoming album No Regrets (out on April 2). The video was created by Truus de Groot, who made videos for two more songs on the album: Linda and Juanita / Rita .

Johnny Dowd: No Regrets

The new album was recorded in The Shop, his co-owned studio in Ithaca, NY:

This album was originally titled ‘Regrets, I Have a Few,’ but by the time I finished it, I realized I had no regrets. The album is about girls and women I have known, imagined, or seen on TV. I love them all.

I used a couple of old 60s drum machines on the album because my long-time drummer, Willie B, was unavailable at the time we were tracking. I intended to replace the machines with live drumming, but instead, I blended the two. Man versus machine. Man versus woman. Me in an endless, maddening conversation with myself.

I used some great female vocalists to sweeten the album. Tracking with them was hilarious. I’m particularly proud of the sounds and feel we got on this record. I’m always trying to take the music I grew up with (blues and R&B) and filter them through my own experiences. Otis Redding as imagined by Sartre. I’ve been blessed over the years to always have a great band that can execute anything I can imagine. We share a common goal every time we play a show: to have as much fun as possible. So thanks to Mike Stark and Willie B.

The album was recorded at The Shop, a little studio my business partner, David Hinkle, and I own. He and I recorded and mixed the record. Of all my records, this one is by far the leanest. But probably not the meanest. I don’t think anyone was murdered in these songs.

The experimental alternative country singer will be on tour in Europe in May. More dates to be announced shortly.

Live dates:
  • 05/03 Altstadt, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • 05/04 Paard, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • 05/07 Patronaat, Haarlem, The Netherlands
  • 05/08 Q-Bus, Leiden, The Netherlands
  • 05/10 Cactus Muziekcentrum, Brugge, Belgium (Kamarama Festival)
  • 05/16 K4, Nurnberg, Germany
  • 05/18 Bassy Club, Berlin, Germany
  • 05/20 Harksheide, Norderstedt, Germany
  • 05/21 Cafe Video, Ghent, Belgium
  • 05/22 Kulturrampe, Krefeld, Germany
  • 05/24 Cluny, Newcastle, UK
  • 05/25 King Tuts, Glasgow, UK
  • 05/26 The Greystones, Sheffield, UK
  • 05/27 The Windmill, Brixton, UK (afternoon and evening shows)
  • 05/29 The Basement, York, UK

» johnnydowd.com

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