May 13, 2013

Johnny Dowd: European tour

Johnny Dowd will be on tour in Europe in September, promoting his new album Do the Gargon. The record will be released on August 5 on his own label, Mother Jinx Records. Cadiz will distribute in Europe.

The recurring theme of my new record is an incident in my (or was it Gargon's?) past. A young boy is abandoned at a filling station in 1953. Did this happen? Is it a memory, a dream, or a lie he told himself to justify all the nonsense that followed?

The title cut, 'Do the Gargon,' was inspired by one of my favorite oldies, 'The Monster Mash.' We flirt with different musical genres. I was listening to a lot of Betty Davis and ZZ Top, so maybe their influences crept in. But it's mostly self-referential. It's my most toe-tapping record so far.

We recorded this at The Shop in Willseyville, New York. Mike Stark played a Fender Rhodes piano through various pedals. Willie B played drums, bass pedals, and gong. I played a baritone and sissy guitar. Of course, I did the vocals, along with my buddy Gargon. The record took two weeks to make, which is plenty if you know what you're doing.
Live dates:
  • 09/12 Tivoli Spiegelbar, Utrecht, NL
  • 09/13 Perron 55, Venlo, NL
  • 09/14 De Stad Als Podium, Haarlem, NL
  • 09/15 TAC, Eindhoven, NL
  • 09/16 Cafe Video, Gent, BE
  • 09/17 Den Trap, Kortijk, BE
  • 09/18 UK (venue to be determined)
  • 09/19 The Bank, Suffolk, UK
  • 09/20 Greystones, Sheffield, UK
  • 09/21 The Band Room, Low Mill, UK
  • 09/22 UK (venue to be determined)
  • 09/23 Guitar Bar, Nottingham, UK
  • 09/24 UK (venue to be determined)
  • 09/25 Hare and Hounds, Birmingham, UK
  • 09/26 The Thunderbolt, Bristol, UK
  • 09/27 Germany (venue to be determined)
  • 09/28 Germany (venue to be determined)
  • 09/29 El Lokal, Zurich, CH
  • 09/30 (venue to be determined)


HCTF review of No Regrets.

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