Billboard magazine press

some press on Stark’s playing with Johnny Dowd…

Johnny Dowd’s album, “Cruel Words” features Michael Stark on organ and synthesizer. Stark’s stark organ is key here, creating the spook-house accents that amplify the angst in Dowd’s pained underdog’s tail-caught-in-a-gate drawl. On “Corner Laundromat,” Dowd recites in his hardcore rural accent over big fists-full of Stark’s organ…Lest you miss the message, hit the remote for the final track, which deconstructs “Johnny B. Goode” like the Sex Pistols did “My Way.” That nasty organ stays upfront, until a brief guitar solo that evolves into Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” riff.” .. -Billboard magazine .. .. .. ..


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