Off The Shelf

Batdorf & Rodney

Life Is You

Somewhere In The Night

Silver

Silver Single

Be My Baby

You've Always Been There For Me

Distant Serenade

Look Inside

Don't You Know

Batdorf & McLean

Best Two Years

All Wood And Stones

John and Mark

McCabes

Side One

Home Again

Still Burnin'

Old Man Dreamin'

One Last Wish

All Wood And Stones 2

Soundtrax 2 Recovery

Portfolio


A Word from John...

They say the fastest way from point A to point B is a straight line. That fact can't be disputed, but is fast always best? Point A for me was in late 1970 when I signed my first record deal with Atlantic Records. Mark Rodney and I auditioned at the Beverly Hills Hotel for the now late Ahmet Ertegun, president of the label. I will always be indebted to Ahmet. He was a great music man and just a cool guy to be around. He produced "Off The Shelf" in Mussel Shoals, Alabama and released the album in 1971. That was it! I was on my way.....or so I thought. We went on to make two more albums but only with moderate success. Mark and I always had a huge cult following but the sales never quite measured up. Eventually the spark was gone, and so was Batdorf and Rodney. I never stopped doing some kind of music, as my bio reads, but the Batdorf and Rodney era was clearly over with and it was time to do other things.

Home Again Cover - © 2006 Bob KiviClose to thirty years after the break-up, I got an e-mail from someone who asked me if I would do a house concert for him and some of his friends and family. Seems I played at his high school back in the seventies and must have made quite an impression. The first two Batdorf and Rodney records had just been re-released on CD and I finally got a chance to revisit that magical time. I explained that I hadn't played those songs in close to thirty years but if he gave me a month, I would do it. As nervous as I was, I did the show and suddenly realized just how great it was to perform again. Soon after that show, I was approached by James Lee Stanley about doing a CD with him covering old Stones songs acoustically and it came out really great. The CD "All Wood and Stones" was well received and I decided to record an EP of solo songs, "Side One", just to have something new in hand. I was excited to do something new although it was so early, I wasn't quite sure who I was as a solo act. James and I toured the the "All Wood and Stones" CD for about a year and suddenly, new songs began to emerge. This was clearly the result of the reactions I got at shows when I played my solos on the Stones songs and played some old B&R songs. People got into it and I was inspired to do a really great new piece of work. At many of the shows, people would request "Home Again" and I just said that I couldn't do it as a solo but I soon realized that I was wrong.

Home AgainI came up with a new arrangement and started playing it live and people loved it. I started thinking that it would be a good idea to record a few of the old songs rearranged in an interesting way and that the new songs would fit nicely between the old. I started laying down the acoustic guitar tracks and the album was being born. As I proceeded I got the idea to ask Mark if he would like to join me after thirty years and play on the new album which he did and we had a ball. After eight months, the album is done and it really feels like the Batdorf and Rodney album that was never made. This CD, "Home Again", is loaded with great vocals and slamming acoustic guitars. I clearly have arrived at point B. It took awhile to get here and the path was anything but straight, but I would not have had it any other way.

I am finally...... "Home Again".

John

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Monday, July 14th, 2014 7:59 AM

Summer 2014

Another hot summer is here in LA as I take a few months off the touring grind to write and fish! Got a chance to visit Bend, Oregon as a possible future home. That place is really awesome! Now after returning from a 10 day fishing/business trip to Utah, I have been recording ideas that I have had for the last several months and seeing if any of them are any good and worth developing. The progress for Soundtrax2Recovery is beginning to take shape. A new state of the art, social media friendly website is being built and Michael McLean and I are planning some shows and hoping to raise funds for some "mini movies" for the songs from the CD. As for what's next, don't know. Now that "All Wood And Stones" is over with, I will have more time to pursue other things. I will be starting a new record next year, just not sure if it will be a solo project or with a new partner/partners?!?!? I am just thrilled that the songs are still coming. I am back out on the road in September and will be in Washington, Ohio, California, Utah and then I head to Texas in October. Hope to see you at a show and have a great summer!!
Monday, December 9th, 2013 7:24 AM

Batdorf and Rodney_Portfolio Double CD Set

The two disc fully remastered Batdorf and Rodney "Portfolio" CD goes to manufacturing on Monday. It's about time this was made and I know you will love it. The project will include the never heard before demos from 1973 as well as all my originals from the three B&R albums, 2 songs from Still Burnin' and two Silver originals and one song from my Home Again solo CD.. Quite a large collection. Thanks to Dean Sciarra from Its About Music for all of his mastering help and the cover artwork design.

 
Portfolio Credits
 
Off The Shelf_Atlantic Records 1971
 
Produced by Ahmet Ertegun
Recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound and Elektra Studios 1971
Engineered by Marlin Greene and Ross Myering
Mixed by Ross Myering
 
Off The Shelf
 
John Batdorf: Acoustic and Electric Guitars Lead and BG Vocals, Piano and B3
Mark Rodney: Acoustic Guitars and BG Vocals
Roger Hawkins: Drums
David Hood: Bass
Barry Beckett: Piano/Rhodes/Vibes
(Muscle Shoals)
 
Chris Etheridge: Bass
John Barbata: Drums
(Electra Studios)
 
All Songs written by John Batdorf*
*Farm written by John Batdorf and Mark Rodney
All Songs Lafvibes-Walden ASCAP
 
Batdorf and Rodney_Asylum Records 1972
 
Produced by Bill Halverson
Recorded at The Record Plant LA 1972
Engineered and mixed by Bill Halverson
 
Batdorf and Rodney
 
John Batdorf: Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Lead and BG Vocals, Piano
Mark Rodney: Acoustic Guitars and BG Vocals
John Mauceri: Drums
Rick Carlos: Bass
Bruce “The Creeper”: Harmonica (All I Need)
String arrangements by: Jimmie Haskell
All Songs written by John Batdorf
All Songs Lafvibes-Walden ASCAP
 New B&R Portfolio Cover
Life Is You_Arista Records 1975
 
Produced by Tom Sellers
Recorded at Sound Labs 1975
Engineered and mixed by Joe Sidore
 
Life Is You
 
John Batdorf: Acoustic Guitars, Lead and BG Vocals, Piano
Mark Rodney: Acoustic Guitars and BG Vocals
Russ Kunkle: Drums
Rick Carlos: Bass
Scott Edwards: Bass
Dean Parks : Electric Guitars
Keyboards : Tom Hensley
Vibes / Percussion : Gary Coleman
String arrangements by: Tom Sellers
All Songs: Lyrics by John Batdorf/ Music John Batdorf and Mark Rodney
All Songs:Mahalo Music ASCAP
 
 
 
Silver_Arista Records 1976
 
Produced by Tom Sellers
Recorded at Indigo Ranch/Sound Labs/and Wally Heider 1976
Engineered and mixed by Joe Sidore
 
Silver
 
John Batdorf: Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Lead and BG Vocals
Brent Mydland: Keyboards and BG Vocals
Greg Collier: Acoustic Guitar and BG Vocals
Harry Stinson: Drums and BG Vocals
Tom Leadon: Bass and BG Vocals
String arrangements by: Tom Sellers
All Songs written by John Batdorf
All Songs: Mannman/Siverado Music BMI
 
 
Bonus Demo Tracks_ 1973
 
Demos
Recorded at Sound City  1973
John Batdorf: Acoustic Guitars, Lead and BG Vocals
All Songs written by John Batdorf
All Songs:BatMac Music BMI
 
Cover Art: Dean Sciarra
Pictures by: Henry Diltz
Portfolio Mastered by : Dean Sciarra
 
 
 
Monday, December 9th, 2013 7:22 AM

Batdorf and Rodney_Portfolio Double CD Set

The two disc fully remastered Batdorf and Rodney "Portfolio" CD goes to manufacturing on Monday. It's about time this was made and I know you will love it. The project will include the never heard before demos from 1973 as well as all my originals from the three B&R albums, 2 songs from Still Burnin' and two Silver originals and one song from my Home Again solo CD.. Quite a large collection. Thanks to Dean Sciarra from Its About Music for all of his mastering help and the cover artwork design.

 
Portfolio Credits
 
Off The Shelf_Atlantic Records 1971
 
Produced by Ahmet Ertegun
Recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound and Elektra Studios 1971
Engineered by Marlin Greene and Ross Myering
Mixed by Ross Myering
 
Off The Shelf
 
John Batdorf: Acoustic and Electric Guitars Lead and BG Vocals, Piano and B3
Mark Rodney: Acoustic Guitars and BG Vocals
Roger Hawkins: Drums
David Hood: Bass
Barry Beckett: Piano/Rhodes/Vibes
(Muscle Shoals)
 
Chris Etheridge: Bass
John Barbata: Drums
(Electra Studios)
 
All Songs written by John Batdorf*
*Farm written by John Batdorf and Mark Rodney
All Songs Lafvibes-Walden ASCAP
 
Batdorf and Rodney_Asylum Records 1972
 
Produced by Bill Halverson
Recorded at The Record Plant LA 1972
Engineered and mixed by Bill Halverson
 
Batdorf and Rodney
 
John Batdorf: Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Lead and BG Vocals, Piano
Mark Rodney: Acoustic Guitars and BG Vocals
John Mauceri: Drums
Rick Carlos: Bass
Bruce “The Creeper”: Harmonica (All I Need)
String arrangements by: Jimmie Haskell
All Songs written by John Batdorf
All Songs Lafvibes-Walden ASCAP
 New B&R Portfolio Cover
Life Is You_Arista Records 1975
 
Produced by Tom Sellers
Recorded at Sound Labs 1975
Engineered and mixed by Joe Sidore
 
Life Is You
 
John Batdorf: Acoustic Guitars, Lead and BG Vocals, Piano
Mark Rodney: Acoustic Guitars and BG Vocals
Russ Kunkle: Drums
Rick Carlos: Bass
Scott Edwards: Bass
Dean Parks : Electric Guitars
Keyboards : Tom Hensley
Vibes / Percussion : Gary Coleman
String arrangements by: Tom Sellers
All Songs: Lyrics by John Batdorf/ Music John Batdorf and Mark Rodney
All Songs:Mahalo Music ASCAP
 
 
 
Silver_Arista Records 1976
 
Produced by Tom Sellers
Recorded at Indigo Ranch/Sound Labs/and Wally Heider 1976
Engineered and mixed by Joe Sidore
 
Silver
 
John Batdorf: Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Lead and BG Vocals
Brent Mydland: Keyboards and BG Vocals
Greg Collier: Acoustic Guitar and BG Vocals
Harry Stinson: Drums and BG Vocals
Tom Leadon: Bass and BG Vocals
String arrangements by: Tom Sellers
All Songs written by John Batdorf
All Songs: Mannman/Siverado Music BMI
 
 
Bonus Demo Tracks_ 1973
 
Demos
Recorded at Sound City  1973
John Batdorf: Acoustic Guitars, Lead and BG Vocals
All Songs written by John Batdorf
All Songs:BatMac Music BMI
 
Cover Art: Dean Sciarra
Pictures by: Henry Diltz
Portfolio Mastered by : Dean Sciarra
 
 
 
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 2:07 PM

New Batdorf and Rodney Facebook page.

Check out the new Batdorf and Rodney Facebook page. A  2 CD Batdorf and Rodney Anthology will be released soon with songs for all three CDs, Silver and some unreleased demos of songs never heard before from 1973.
 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Batdorf-and-Rodney/246191528871311?ref=hl
Friday, March 1st, 2013 8:46 AM

The Making Of All Wood And Stones II



In 2004, James Lee Stanley and myself got together and recorded our first CD together, All Wood And Stones. The CD was released in the fall of that year and much to our surprise, became an instant radio hit for us.
 
This was going to be a one time thing and James and I would go back to doing what we did before the project was begun. We never never going to be an act, let alone a touring act but one thing led to another and by popular demand, off on the road we went.
 
Flash forward 8 years and lo and behold after 8 years of touring this CD, we decided to give it another try. We just didn't know what music direction to take. We kicked around doing California Gold, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, even a tribute to the great Motown hits but nothing seemed seemed to be right.
 
I was sitting with James in his studio and I said, "Hey, what about doing the Stones again?" James said, "Wow, I just got chills, let's do it!"
 
We worked so hard to find 11 songs that worked acoustically on the first CD, that it would be impossible to find another half dozen more that would work but we were wrong. There was a difference this time.
 
When we did the first CD, we just got together and worked on arrangements and recorded them. After touring off and on for 8 years, something had changed. There was a different synergy when we worked out arrangements for the new songs.
 
We weren't afraid to be more aggressive and even used drums on this CD where the first CD only had percussion and light at that. We chose raunchier songs like Honky Tonk Women, Jumpin' Jack Flash and they worked great.
 
The funny thing is, we tried those songs for the first CD but I just don't think we were ready for the challenge, but after eight years of playing together, these songs came easy. The CD is a natural progression from the first more laid back All Wood and Stones.
 
Unlike the first CD, where we made the decision to use several celebrity artists including Timothy B. Schmidt and Peter Tork to name a few, we only used a drummer Tom Walsh and two bass players, Bill Batstone and Chad Watson.
 
We were very confident in being able to accomplish what we wanted with just the two of us and the rhythm section mentioned above. We also recorded the CD differently. The first CD was recorded mostly at James' studio.
 
This time, once we had the arrangements, we recorded our individual basic guitar parts and lead vocals at our own studios to save time. Once we had the guitars and lead vocals done, we decided to record and mix everything else at my studio. I bought a great new Pearlman Microphone for this project and once James and I worked out the harmonies we decided to try something new.
 
We opened the mic up and sang our individual parts at the same time which really forces you sing your part great. Unlike recording your parts which can be doctored to work, this technique brought a whole new energy to the background vocals which was really great.
 
Both James and I really stretched our talents to new heights. I believe we sang and played better than we have ever done before. So in a nutshell, in our opinion, this is the best album either one of us has ever done and we think you will too!
 
John Batdorf & James Lee Stanley 
 
http://www.allwoodandstones.com/awas2preorder.html

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 4:58 PM

Singing With Adele On The Oscars!

Just wanted to share a cool experience I am so happy to be a part of. I was asked to be part of the Oscars this year as a background singer for Adele. Her song Sky Fall is up for best song. I am singing in a men's choir with 31 other fantastic singers along with Adele's band and background singers and an orchestra. She is so awesome and the song is great and the sound of it all together is fantastic. I am very happy to have been called for this. It's been a fascinating experience so far and there's two more days to go! The choir will be on camera live but, we are all so buried behind her band and the mini orchestra that you might be able see us barely through the crystal curatins, the light show and the fof but we're there!!!! BTW, we are all wearing tuxedos......that's a first for me for sure. Enjoy the show and Adle. I think she is going to win an Oscar!
John Batdorf
Thursday, December 13th, 2012 4:03 PM

All Wood and Stones "Play With Fire" AWAS II_ Pre-Order


We are proud to announce the next installment of our All Wood and Stones music series.
We wanted to do something different for all of you who have been so very supportive of our efforts and we came up with an idea that brings you into the process with us, as the music unfolds.
We are offering a presale of All Wood and Stones, Play With Fire, which will include not only a signed copy of the CD but also a download link of the entire CD as soon as it is mastered and months before it is officially released to the unsuspecting public.
Thank you for supporting independent music.
John Batdorf & James Lee Stanley
 
 
http://www.allwoodandstones.com/awas2preorder.html
Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 7:50 AM

Soundtrax2Recovery

Hello again,
 
In a continued effort to raise funds for Soundtrax2Recovery, I now have a pre-buy/donation page available to anyone that would like to help get this project off the ground. You can read more on the link below and thanks for the support!
 
http://johnbatdorfmusic.com/preorder.html
Monday, July 2nd, 2012 8:22 AM

Soundtrax2Recovery

The power of music to effect change in recovering addicts.
 
Please check out the link below and please support this worthy cause.
 
 
http://www.indiegogo.com/Soundtrax2?a=217656
Monday, May 28th, 2012 9:34 AM

TRAVELING THROUGH" FEATURING JOHN BATDORF! April 29. 2012

TRAVELING THROUGH" FEATURING JOHN BATDORF!

We are proud to announce that the Video Pick of the Week is our newest episode of our music/interview series, "Traveling Through" featuring the enduring talents of singer songwriter,
JOHN BATDORF (formerly of Batdorf and Rodney).

John visited us on April 29th at the end of a three week national tour as he was "TraveLIng Through" Long Island.
www.whereforearts.com/TravelingThrough/JohnBatdorf.html
 
 
 
Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 9:40 AM

March 7, 2012 Radio Airplay For "One Last Wish" Thank You All

CKUA EDMONTON CANADA AB
FOLK SCENE W. HILLS CA
FOLK ALLEYSARANAC LAKE NY
KAOS OLYMPIA WA
KAXE GRAND RAPIDS MN
KBOO PORTLAND OR
KDHX ST. LOUIS MO
KDNK CARBONDALE CO
KFAI MINNEAPOLIS
KKCR HANALEI HI
KKFI KANSAS CITY MO
KMUD REDWAY CA
KNBA ANCHORAGE AK
KOPN COLUMBIA MO
KOTO TELLURIDE CO
KPFT HOUSTON TX
KPOV BEND OR
KRCB SANTA ROSA CA
KRCL SALT LAKE CITY UT
KRVM EUGENE OR
KRVS LAFAYETTE LA
KSER EVERETT WA
KUMD DULUTH MN
KUNI CEDAR FALLS IA
KVMR NEVADA CITY CA
KVNF PAONIA CO
KXCI TUSCON AZ
KZMU MOAB UT
Radio UnerhDö-3rt5 0M3a7r Mbuarrgburg Germany
WAER SYRACUSE NY
WALW MOULTON AL
WBSD BURLINGTON WI
WDIY BETHLEHEM PA
WDVR SARGENTSVILLE NJ
WEFT CHAMPAIGN IL
WERS BOSTON MA
WERU E.ORLAND ME
WESU MIDDLETOWN CT
WETS JOHNSON CITY TN
WFDU TEANECK NJ
WFHB BLOOMINGTON IN
WHAY WHITLEY CITY KY
WHFC BEL AIR MD
WHFR DEARBORN MI
WHRV NORFOLK VA
WJFF JEFFERSONVILLE NY
WMKY MOREHEAD KY
WMNF TAMPA FL
WMSR AUBURN AL
WOJB HAYWARD WI
WOUB ATHENS OH  
WPKN BRIDGEPORT CT
WQBR McCELHANTTAN PA
WRRW WILLIAMSBURG VA
WRUR ROCHESTER NY
WRUW CLEVELAND OH
WTCC SPRINGFIELD MA
KMSU 89.7 FM   Mankato, MN 56001

WUNC CHAPEL HILL NC
WUWM MILWAUKEE WI
WVIA PITTSTON PA
WWUH WEST HARTFORD CT
WYSO YELLOW SPRINGS OH
KC Café Radio  KC
Pandora Radio
Scrub Radio
Several Live 365 Streaming Stations

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011 5:23 PM

One Last Blast!



 
Well the time is finally here! I will be mastering 11 of the 12 songs on Tuesday. The 12th song, “Forgotten” is a very emotional song shared through the eyes of someone stricken by Alzheimer’s disease. It is very effective as just an acoustic guitar vocal but I think I need to go the extra mile on this one. Next week, there will be a small orchestral arrangement recorded and I felt this was worth waiting for. This will just delay the CD a week or two. I just now gave the “head phone” listen to the entire record and I must say, I got very emotional just being able to hear a year’s worth of work and feeling it was the very best I could do, not to mention I think it sounds frickin’ great! I want to thank all of you who have been so supportive helping make this become a reality. At 59, I don’t know how many more years the fires will burn inside of me, but I am so happy that I was able to write and record such a satisfying piece of work. If you haven’t pre-bought the CD yet, this will be your last chance to be rewarded for your support. I am sending every pre-buyer the entire album as a download weeks before the CD will be ready. I can’t wait to get your reaction after your first listen!
John Batdorf
 
http://johnbatdorfmusic.com/preorder.html









Friday, August 12th, 2011 9:15 AM

One Last Wish Is Nearly Mixed

As of today, August 12th, we are into our eighth mix of what will be a twelve song CD. I hope to wrap up the final mixes by late next week or soon after. At that point, it will be time to find a sequence that feels great which should only take a few days. Any mix changes, if any at all will be done at that time and then it's off to mastering. The mastering lab sends it off for manufacturing and within about three weeks, we will have a new CD! I want to thank everyone who has participated in the "pre-buy" program that has helped to finance this project. These last few steps are the most expensive and vital parts of the project. I have fallen well short of my original goal of 25K so I am asking one more time for your help. If you will be buying the CD anyway, if you do it now, you will have helped be a part of the creation of the CD, get an autographed CD well before anyone else can order it, and last but not least, be mentioned in a special thanks section on my website. 
Thanks so much for the support!
John Batdorf
 
http://johnbatdorfmusic.com/preorder.html
Monday, July 11th, 2011 8:53 AM

"One Last Wish" is Almost Done

Well, it’s going on a year now since I first started writing songs for the CD that is
just about done. It has been quite a year full of surprises. As many of you already
know, I had a major voice issue starting last October, and I am just now feeling
like I am most of the way back; thank God! Scary, not being able to do the thing I
have loved all my life. The down time did allow me to concentrate on writing, and
write I did. I am very proud of this collection of songs and can’t wait to share them
with everyone.
This year was filled with sadness as well as joyous news. A dear friend of mine,
David Schoolman, passed away. I had known him since I first came to California
in the late 60s. He was always a great friend and supporter of my career and I will
miss him. It was a year that unfortunately brought cancer to friends and family,
as well as Alzheimer’s disease. It also brought news of a first grandchild from my
son Brett and his significant other, Lilly Gonzales. It also brought news of my son
Matthew’s wedding plans with Danielle Warburton. I know this all sounds a bit
like those holiday letters we all hate, but I only reference them because all that has
happened in this year is reflected in the songs. This CD is completely different
from Old Man Dreamin’ but so is my life!
The new CD has some great singers and players on it and I’d like to mention who
has participated so far: Dan Navarro, Bill Batstone, James Lee Stanley, Brett and
Matthew Batdorf, Steve Smith and Stephen Smith, Michael Dowdle, Tom Walsh,
Chad Watson, Mark Brown and there is more to come. My old buddy Jimmie
Haskell, one of the most famous arrangers in the world, is writing a cello part
for the song ‘Forgotten’. Jimmie worked on the second Batdorf and Rodney CD
and wrote fantastic string arrangements for ‘Happy Town’, ‘Between The Ages,’
and ‘Let Me Live The Life’. I am truly honored by his willingness to participate,
and the same goes for all of the above mentioned talent. I just wrote a new
song, ‘Don’t Give Up On Dreams’, that I will record this week and while it was
unplanned, it is a perfect fit for this CD. I also want to thank the supporters who
have pre-bought the CD so that I can do the best job I can do to make this my best
record ever. There is more stuff to record and I am still trying to raise money to
help finish this CD. You can participate by clicking on the link below. I also want
to thank Russ Paris for helping with the website, and Jeanette Lundgren for doing
all she does.
It won’t be long now!
John Batdorf
http://www.johnbatdorfmusic.com/preorder.html
Monday, May 9th, 2011 11:36 AM

The New CD Is Really Coming Together

The writing process really began back in August but really kicked in from November through February when I was unable to tour much because if my throat issues. I am 90% done recording my guitars and vocals and am now hiring outside talent to add their special skills. Thank you to all who have "pre-bought" the CD. Those funds are making it possible for me to hire such talented musicians and vocalist so that this record can be as good as it can be. As a thank you to those who have contributed, I will be posting a song in the works in the next few weeks that only they will be able to listen to. You too can be a part of this process by clicking on the link below and buying the CD in advance.
Thanks so much for the support!
John Batdorf
http://www.johnbatdorfmusic.com/preorder.html
Sunday, March 6th, 2011 11:14 AM

My latest CD is in the works. You can help make it happen!

An indie artist like myself wears many hats. I am my own record company recording studio owner, producer, engineer, publisher, promoter, publicist, travel agent, booking agent, manager, touring and recording artist, and I am sure I have forgotten a few others. Sometimes it's overwhelming, but unlike the 70s when I was in Batdorf and Rodney and Silver, I don't have to do songs the record company used to make me do. I get the last word on my record and last but certainly not least, when I sell product, I actually get the money!! The only downside to all of this is that when indie artists make a record, the majority of artists have to pay for it themselves. It has become a common practice for artists like myself to ask their fans to help finance the record. I have pre-bought artist friends' records to help them get through the recording process without mortgaging their children! When you think about it, I was going to buy the record when it was released so what the heck, I send them $25.00 which is only a few dollars more than the regular cost and when it's done,  I am one of the first to get it and it will be signed by the artist. I think that's pretty cool. All it takes is for 1000 fans to pre-buy the CD and the artist has a comfortable budget to make a really good record. You may wonder why it is that if I do the majority of the work, just where is the need for funding? Here’s a brief breakdown. I usually pay everyone who plays or sings on my record, usually $100.00-200.00 per hour or tune; I hire a real engineer to mix, usually at $50.00 per hour; I master at Capitol Records, over $2000.00; and the manufacturing and shipping costs over $2000.00. For my last CD, Old Man Dreamin', I hired a radio promoter which ran $400.00 a week for 16 weeks not to mention sending out close to 200 CDs with one sheets etc. I don't want to bore you with stats but once you see what we are up against, that $25.00 or whatever you may choose to contribute really goes fast. I have started the production process and could really use your help ASAP. As even more incentive, you will be the first to hear the music in it’s many stages of production. Please support indie artists like myself. We are like HBO next to Network TV. We are the cool guys creating music the major record companies choose not let you hear!
Please send your pre-order contributions via PayPal (https://www.paypal.com/) and use johnbatdorf@att.net.
Thank you so much!
John Batdorf
 
Monday, July 19th, 2010 8:55 AM

"I Like It Better Here - Music From Home"


For the new album "I Like It Better Here - Music From Home", several key figures from the U.S. Westcoast scene in the 70's, join forces to celebrate the joy and magic ofhome.

The songs touches a wide pallet of subjects - From "a sense of home" to "afraid to go home", from "longing for home"to "time to go home", and from "feels like coming home" to"the places the devil calls home".

Just like Plato said in 'Allegory Of The Cave'; "When the two lovers are finally stripped, even of physical fire, humbling them to the realization that the love that binds them together is not merely romantic - It is elemental and inevitable. It is home."


Opening the album, with a live version of the title-track from his latest album, Joel Rafael gets some help from David Crosby and Graham Nash.

Songwriter Jack Tempchin (Eagles, Glenn Frey) co-wrote his contribution with Bobby Whitlock(Derek & The Dominoes).

Singer-songwriter Jeff Larson recruits his old pal Gerry Beckley (America) for assistance on production, percussion and back-up vocals.

Session-musican and songwriter Vince Melamed (Eagles, JD Souther, Dan Fogelberg) offers up an unreleased gem he nearly forgot about.

Anthony Crawford, who has worked with Neil Young, off and on, for more than 25 years, is half of new duo Sugarcane Jane.

Italian artist Francesco Lucarelli gets some serious assistance from Graham Nash and legendary producer Stephen Barncard.

Jackson Browne's mentor, Greg Copeland, contributes an unreleased gem from his latest, acclaimed album, "Diana & James".

Steve Noonan sings about his time in New York City in the 60's, spent with Jackson BrowneGreg Copeland andAdam Saylor.

Nashville singer-songwriter Keith Miles is joined by Jack Sundrud (Poco) and production wizard Bill Halverson.

Bob Cheevers gets three original members of Bread to join him for his contribution.

Reformed duo Batdorf & Rodney contributes a wonderful live version of "Home Again" recorded at Sirius XM Radio.

Closing (?) the set is Jackson Browne with a heartfelt rendition, recorded live, of his seasonal anthem "The Rebel Jesus".

FULL TRACK-LISTING :

01. JOEL RAFAEL – THIS IS MY COUNTRY (LIVE)
02. JACK TEMPCHIN – MAKING MYSELF AT HOME
03. CITIZEN K – A PLACE TO CALL YOUR OWN
04. AMY RAASCH – WHEN THE CAVE GOES DARK
05. JEFF LARSON – THIS MORNING IN AMSTERDAM
06. VINCE MELAMED – FEELS LIKE COMING HOME
07. SUGARCANE JANE – HOME NIGHTS
08. FRANCESCO LUCARELLI – MR SUNSHINE (ALT MIX)
09. GREG COPELAND – 27 RED HOUSE RD
10. STEVE NOONAN – GOIN’ HOME
11. KEITH MILES – THE PLACES THE DEVIL CALLS HOME
12. BOB CHEEVERS – IF THIS OLD HOUSE COULD TALK
13. STEVE POSTELL – FOLLOW ME HOME
14. ROBBIN THOMPSON – I’M ALL IN
15. MIKAEL PERSSON – HOME SWEET HOME
16. BATDORF & RODNEY – HOME AGAIN (LIVE ON AIR)
17. JACKSON BROWNE – THE REBEL JESUS (LIVE)
Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 8:37 AM

Old Man Dreamin' Reaches #1 Status on Roots Rock Charts!

Roots Rock Internet Radio Airplay Chart
TW LW Artist CD Title Label Location
1 2 JOHN BATDORF OLD MAN DREAMIN' BAT MAC CA
2 3 MICHAEL MACRI' I CAN'T DRINK WITH YOU SELF AUSTRALIA
3 4 GREAT AMERICAN TAXI RECKLESS HABITS N/A CO
4 1 JOHN HIATT OPEN ROAD NEW WEST US
5 5 JEREMY SERWER FM
6 7 DEBORAH CROOKS IT'S ALL UP TO YOU
7 6 REBECCA LOEBE MYSTERY PRIZE SELF GA
8 8 WANDA JACKSON I REMEMBER ELVIS GOLDENLANE OK
9 14 EDWIN MCCAIN THE BEST OF EDWIN MCCAIN SAGUARO ROAD
10 15 K.D.LANG RECOLLECTION NONESUCH RECORDS CANADA
11 16 JEFF BECK EMOTION & COMMOTION ATCO UK
12 22 MARTIN SEXTON SUGARCOATING KITCHEN TABLE
13 13 DAVID BYRNE HERE LIES LOVE NONESUCH NY
14 17 JASON EADY WHEN THE MONEY'S ALL GONE SMITH ENTERTAINMENT MS
15 10 DAVE ALVIN AND THE GUILTY WOMEN YEP ROC CA
16 12 JOHN FOGERTY RIDES AGAIN VERVE CA
17 19 JOHNNY RIVERS THE AMERICAN DREAM (SINGLE)SOUL CITY ENTERTAINMENT LA
18 11 NED VAN GO HEARTBROKE CITY SELF TN
19 9 ANDREA HARSELL ROCK & ROLL LOVE CHILD SELF MT
20 21 SID GRIFFIN AURORA SAMPLER VOL 1 AURORA UNITED KINGDOM
21 0 KATIE HUMBLE AURORA SAMPLER VOL 1 AURORA UNITED KINGDOM
22 18 JAMES MCMURTRY LIVE IN EUROPE LIGHTNING ROD TX
23 23 LOS SUPER SEVEN HEARD IT ON THE X TELARC CA
24 24 HAYES CARLL LITTLE ROCK HIGHWAY 87 AR
25 25 THE BELIEVERS CRASHYERTOWN BONA FIDE
26 26 ERICSON HOLT THE BLUE SIDE WATERMAN TN
27 27 LAST TRAIN HOME BOUND AWAY BLUEBUFFALO DC
28 28 RYAN ADAMS AND THE CARDINALS COLD ROSES LOST HIGHWAY NC
29 29 JACK JOHNSON IN BETWEEN DREAMS BRUSH FIRE HI
30 30 PETE BERWICK AIN'T NO TRAIN OUTTA NASHVILLE SHOTGUN IL
31 31 MOBY GRAPE LISTEN MY FRIENDS - THE BEST OF MOBY GRAPE COLUMBIA / LEGACY
32 32 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN DEVILS AND DUST COLUMBIA
33 33 RAY DARWIN BEST REGGAE HITS 2007 DASVIBES PRODUCTION JAMAICA
34 34 SARAH BORGES & THE BROKEN SINGLES DIAMONDS IN THE DARK SUGAR HILL MA
35 35 WILCO SKY BLUE SKY NONESUCH IL
36 36 STEPHEN KELLOGG AND THE SIXERS STEPHEN KELLOGG AND THE SIXERS UNIVERSAL ND
37 37 MOFRO LOCHLOSSA FOG WORLD FL
38 38 MIKE DOUGHTY HAUGHTY MELODIC ATO MN
39 39 CINDY BULLENS DREAM 29 BLUE LOBSTER MA
40 40 PETER CASE WHOS GONNA GO YOUR CROOKED MILE VANGUARD
41 41 DOORS LIVE IN BOSTON RHINO
42 42 TRAVELING WILBURYS TRAVELING WILBURYS COLLECTION RHINO
43 43 NRBQ PEEK-A-BOO, THE BEST OF NRBQ RHINO
44 44 VARIOUS ARTIST FROM CLARKSDALE TO HEAVEN EAGLE
45 45 FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS COLLECTION DISKY TX
46 46 THE GOURDS NOBLE CREATURES YEP ROC
47 47 MICHAEL PENN MR. HOLLYWOOD, JR. 1947 LEGACY CA
48 48 YARDBIRDS BIRDLAND FAVORED NATIONS UNITED KINGDOM
49 49 GRAHAM PARKER &THE FIGGS LIVE IN CHICAGO BLOODSHOT
50 50 BAND OF BEES OCTOPUS ASTRALWERKS
For the Week of May 04, 2010
The RMR charts are compiled from radio airplay data only (# of spins), with no influence from employees of the Roots Music Report. We are not affiliated with any record label, promotion company, or artist management firm.If you are an artist receiving airplay, but not appearing on the Roots Music Charts please request that the stations playing your music report to the RMR Online Database. Sign-up for the Roots Music Report Airplay Tracking Database to get contact info for all of our reporting stations and more.


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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 12:58 AM

US/Canadian Radio Stations Currently Playing "Old Man Dreamin'"_ Updated As of 5/5/10 New Adds in Bold



AB EDMONTON CANADA CKUA 
AL AUBURN WMSR 
AZ TUSCON KXCI
CA BERKELEY KALX
CA W. HILLS FOLK 
CA NORTHRIDGE KCSN 
CA REDWAY KMUD 
CA SAN LUIS OBISPO KCBX FM 90 
CA NEVADA CITY KVMR 
CA POINT REYES KWMR
CO FT. COLLINS KRFC
CO TELLURIDE KOTO 
CO CRESTED BUTTE KBUT 
CO CARBONDALE KDNK 
CO PAONIA KVNF 
CT MIDDLETOWN WESU 
CT BRIDGEPORT WPKN 
CT WEST HARTFORD WWUH 
FL TAMPA WMNF 
FL MELBOURNE WFIT 
HI HANALEI KKCR 
IA DECORAH KDEC 
IA CEDAR FALLS KUNI 
IL CHAMPAIGN WEFT 
IN GOSHEN WGCS 
KY WHITEBURG WMMT 
KY WHITLEY CITY 
KY MOORHEAD WMKY 
MA BOSTON WUMB 
MD BEL AIR WHFC 
ME E.ORLAND WERU 
MI EAST LANSING WDBM 
MN GRAND RAPIDS KAXE
MN THIEF RIVER FALLS KSRQ
MN MINNEAPOLIS KFAI 
MO KANSAS CITY 
KC CAFE MO ST. CHARLES KCLC 
MO PARK HILLS KDBB 
MO ST. LOUIS KDHX 
MO KANSAS CITY KKFI 
MO COLUMBIA KOPN 
MS MISSISSIPPI STATE WMSV 
NC New Bern PRE 
NC DALLAS WSGE 
NJ SARGENTSVILLE WDVR
NJ HACKETTSTOWN WNTI
NJ TEANECK WFDU 
NY SYRACUSE WAER 
NY JEFFERSONVILLE WJFF 
OH ATHENS WOUB 
OH CLEVELAND WRUW 
OH YELLOW SPRINGS WYSO 
ON OTTAWA CANADA CKCU 
OR EUGENE KRVM 
OR ASHLAND KSMF 
PA BETHLEHEM WDIY 
PA SHIPPENSBURG WSYC 
PA PITTSTON WVIA 
TN CHATTANOOGA WUTC 
TN JOHNSON CITY WETS
TN KNOXVILLE WDVX
TX FREDERICKSBURG KFAN 
TX HOUSTON KPFT 
Ut CEDAR CITY KSUU Power 91 
UT SALT LAKE CITY KRCL 
UT MOAB KZMU
VA ROANOKE WVTF
VA VERONA RadioFreeAmericana.com 
VA NORFOLK WHRV 
VA VIRGINIA BEACH WRRW 
VT BRIDPORT WMUD 
WA OLYMPIA KAOS 
WA EVERETT KSER 
WI BURLINGTON WBSD 
Wi MILWAUKEE WORJ 
WI HAYWARD WOJB 
WI RHINELANDER WXPR 
PANDORA RADIO
WHOLE WHEAT RADIO
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 8:17 AM

“It’s A Long Way From Heaven”

 
2009 is rapidly coming to a close and what a trying year it has
been for many of us. It’s truly amazing how things could
change so quickly. The security that took us years to attain,
once thought was safe, has all but vanished. We will survive
but it will take a while to recover, and music is a powerful
healer. Listening to music has pulled me through some rough
times in the past, thank you Beatles, CSN, Peter Gabriel and
so many more. The changing world supplied plenty of
inspiration for my “Old Man Dreamin’” CD, which so many
of you so generously helped me become a reality. I thank you
again. The CD has gotten off to a great start with lots of
airplay in many countries and as of January 2010, I am
starting a US and European radio promotion. I am convinced
that if heard, this record speaks to the masses. The only way I
can prove my point is by re-investing in the project.
Everything is in place including the four fantastic music
videos that Michael McLean made happen. Not only is he a
great writer, but an even greater friend. We may be a little
long in the tooth, but we “still got game”! I am looking
forward to the mighty challenge of surviving another year in
this ever-changing music business I have chosen to be a part
of. Wow, this marks my fourth decade now. It’s a good thing I
started so young! I wish everyone a very happy and
prosperous New Year. Onward and upward………
John Batdorf
Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 8:13 AM

Old Man Dreamin' Is Finally A Reality!


It’s taken almost one year to date, but my new solo CD, Old Man Dreamin’ is now released to the world. I hope that all of you enjoy listening to it as I did creating it.
I would like to acknowledge and thank all of the folks who so generously donated their time, talent and money in support of the making this solo a reality:
 










Michael McLean
Dan Navarro
George Merrill
Bob Kivi
Nickie Stoica
Gary Falcone
Andrea Robinson
James Lee Stanley
Harry Stinson
Matt Batdorf
Steve Bauman
RMJ Productions

Mother Hen Promotions
Russ & Julie Paris
Ron Sarfaty
John & Donna McTernan
Tom Greuling
Douglas West
Jennifer & Jim Weiss
Paul H Mannes
Jeff Ferguson
Kelpie Powers
Tom Leatherwood
Bruce Hackett
Charlette & Phil Fuggetta

David Platt
Steve Smith
David Schoolman
Jeff Robertson
Joseph Cooper
Stan Little
Sigi Nagys
Pierre Marchal
Mark Tamashiro
Kevin Hains
Ilene Reinhart
Hollie Ashworth
Charles Montrose

Marilyn Hansard
Jack Frieden
Roger Wheeler
John Borzilleri
Richard & Betty Stewart
Larry Boyce
Gary Kochan
W. Scott Nienkamp
Donna (Gen) Baker
jamon zeiler
Thomas Ritter
Michael & Barbara Pisani

Monday, May 11th, 2009 9:25 AM

Old Man Dreamin' To Be Officially Released June 11th!


My new solo CD, Old Man Dreamin' is done and will be off to manufacturing as soon as Wednesday. It all started last May, June and July when I went on a writing spree. I started recording the CD last November and finished the last mix last Tuesday, May 5th. I have listed the credits and song titles below and will have the CD available for pre-sale as soon as the artwork is done and I can post it on my site. I want to thank all the incredible talent and the supporters who helped this project happen. I really hope all of you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed creating it!
John Batdorf
 
Produced and Arranged: John Batdorf
Lead and BG Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Bass, Piano and Percussion: John Batdorf
All songs: John Batdorf/BatMac Music BMI_Michael McLean/Shining Star Music ASCAP
Additional Vocals: Dan Navarro, Harry Stinson, George Merrill, Bill Batstone, Gary Falcone, Lily Wilson, Andrea Robinson, Matt Batdorf, Michael McLean, James Lee Stanley, Steve Bauman
Accordion: Phil Parlapiano
Electric Guitars: Kevin Dukes, James Harrah, Michael Dowdle
Additional Acoustic: Michael Dowdle
Mandolin: Michael Dowdle, Fred Sokolo, Luke Halpin
Dobro and Banjo: Fred Sokolo
Fiddle: Luke Halpin
Lap and Pedal Steel: Greg Leisz
Bass: Mark Browne and Bill Batstone
Drums and Percussion: Tom Walsh
Engineered: John Batdorf and David Appelt
Mixed: David Appelt
Mastered: Ron McMaster at Capitol Records Mastering
Photos: Bob Kivi 
CD Art Design: Bob Kivi and Nickie Stoica
 


Song Sequence:

What D’Ya Got
Love: All I Really Know About It
That Don’t Seem Right To Me
I Fall To Pieces
Will I Love You Forever
Old Man Dreamin’
I Thought I’d Try A Love Song
Ain’t No Way
Don’t Tell Me Goodbye
Sixteen
I Will Rise
 

Thursday, March 26th, 2009 10:23 AM

Batdorf CD Update

 
 
Hey guys!
 
The CD is progressing nicely. I am now in the "add drums" part of the process. Tom Walsh will be providing that instrument. I am still waiting for two singers that are sick to sing backgrounds on the CD.  All the acoustic guitars are done and so are my vocals. Bill Batstone, Andrea Robinson, Matt Batdorf, George Merrill, and Lily Wilson are all singing or will be singing soon. Phil Parlapiano played accordion, Mark Browne and Bill Batstone played bass, and Michael Dowdle has added electric, acoustic guitars and mandolin. I have some dobro and a few other instrumental overdubs to do and that will be that.
 
For those who have been so generous to support,  I have just sent them an mp3 comp of the earliest demo of three new songs with me just throwing out random lyrics mixed with melodic "do dos" for reference. That demo cross fades about half way through right into the latest version of the song which still isn't mixed or finished but I thought that this might show how the song writing/producing process goes. This is a part of the making of a CD that very few people that aren’t directly nvolved rarely hear. I hope you enjoy this. It’s something I have shared with only a few before! It’s kind of like seeing someone who has always looked great in the past, and now you are getting your first glimpse of them with bad morning hair and before make up!
 
We are still trying to raise additional funds and I again want to personally thank those of you who already have supported this project!
 
John
 
 
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 3:12 PM

Old Man Dreamin' In A Young Mans' World

 
My new solo CD, “Old Man Dreamin’ in a Young Mans’ World” is weeks away from being "mix ready" and I need some help. The state of the economy forced me to be creative and I have asked supporters of my music to help financially in the making of this CD. The troops have rallied behind the idea and several have jumped in and contributed but I am still well short of my goal. I really felt funny about asking and last year did try to get a government grant but music doesn’t appear to be high on the governments' priority list and I was turned down. I figured that if all the fans who were going to buy my new CD after it was released, paid in advance and threw in whatever extra monies they could afford, I could make this CD the way it should be made. I had a few choices. 1. Not make the CD at all. 2. Make a cheaply produced scaled down CD or........ 3. Ask for help. I was just on a weekend road trip to Phoenix and my brother-in-law Steve was with me and we filled up the time listening to the “work mixes” of my CD and also enjoyed listening to CDs by Lowen and Navarro, Berkley Hart. As we were listening I thought, this independent music must get made otherwise all we have is what the big guys want us to hear. I come from the era where there was so much new and exciting music released that probably wouldn’t see the light of day in todays’ market! I am still well short of my goal and if anyone reading this would be kind enough to help out, please click on the link below. I am so certain that once you hear the finished product you will be thrilled, but if by chance you are not, I will refund every dollar that you contributed.
Thanks for the years of continued support!
John Batdorf
 
http://rmjproductions.net/Don%27t_You_Hear_Me_Callin%27-1.pdf
 
Wednesday, March 12th, 2008 1:47 PM

“Still Burnin’” The new CD from John Batdorf and Mark Rodney Coming Mid April

Two years ago the thought of doing a new BATDORF & RODNEY LIVE CD was the farthest thing from my mind. I hadn’t spoken to Mark since 1987 and wasn’t feeling terribly nostalgic about the music we made together. I was making new music, exploring new creative frontiers and so the idea of reclaiming a by gone era wasn’t on my radar. But life, as the saying goes, is what happens to us while we’re making other plans. Turns out I was on my way to St. George Utah to do a gig at the beautiful Tuachan Center for the Performing Arts. My traveling companions were my wife Melanie, her sister Robin and her husband Steve Smith. Steve was the roadie, road manager and sound guy for Batdorf & Rodney all those years ago. When we got to Las Vegas we all decided to take a trip down memory lane and so I called Mark to see if he could meet us for dinner. It was a bit awkward at first, but before long we all were laughing and having a great time together. It wasn’t like the heavens opened and a Batdorf & Rodney reunion was ordained from on high, but it wasn’t long after that dinner while working on a new solo CD that I decided to re-record a few Batdorf and Rodney songs. So it was in making the CD “HOME AGAIN” that I invited Mark to play on the recording. It was a whole lot different than the old days but the finished product came out great. It must have been a good experience for Mark because he got the itch to perform again so I added him to a few of my shows here in L.A.. The word got around and the next thing you know, we were performing in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and the fans were really enjoying it.

It was while I was out on the road with James Lee Stanley last summer that I stopped by the XM Studios and had lunch with Mike Marrone, Jerry Rubino, and George Taylor Morris. James and I wanted to thank them again for the incredible support of our CD,”All Wood And Stones”. Mike, who is a true Batdorf and Rodney fan, asked how the shows were going with Mark and I told him about how much fun we were having and the next thing you know, we were booked to do a Loft Session at XM Studios in November 16, 2007. The music gods at this point were really smiling down on us and Mark, Bill Batstone and myself recorded an hour of music and stories that was, (and I don’t know any other way of saying this) simply magical! XM was nice enough to give me the whole raw session so that I could mix it the way I wanted and release it as a new live CD. During the editing and mixing I tried to capture the sounds and the feelings of the early albums and the result truly makes me smile. My only regret is that we didn’t get to go for another hour! In addition to the live performances, the CD contains two brand new songs, “Summer of Love” and “Four Days Runnin’” recorded here in L.A.. I am very excited about this project and my hope is that everyone who listens to it will be taken right back to the first time they heard these songs and smile as much as I did.
John Batdorf
Thursday, February 7th, 2008 7:55 AM

Batdorf and Rodney Live on XM Radio

Starting Mon, 11 Feb '08 @ 12 Noon
(check your local time listings!)
Batdorf and Rodney / Live At XM Radio
XM Radio_The Loft_XM 50
http://www.xmradio.com/onxm/channelpage.xmc?ch=50
John Batdorf, Mark Rodney and Bill Batstone --
The Batdorf & Rodney Loft Session
will premiere on Monday
February 11th @ 12Noon (eastern).

It will encore on the following days and times (eastern):
Monday 2/11 @ 9pm
Thursday 2/14 @ 3pm & 9pm
Friday 2/15 @ 4am
Saturday 2/16 @ 7pm

Please check the show time for your time zone.
XM Radio offers a free 1 week trial online so anyone with a computer!
Tuesday, January 1st, 2008 7:03 PM

2008

Happy New Year everyone. This past year has been very fulfilling and my goal is to make 2008 even better! Many thanks to everyone for fantastic support. It was so nice to meet many of you this year and even greater to perform at house concerts which were hosted by Paul Mannes in Arlington, Chris Abood in Cleveland , Walt Fogle in Seattle, Bev and Greg in Campbell, Doug West on Maui, Marty DeJarnette in Charlotte, Pierre Marchal in Penryn, and Russ and Julie in Oak Park. The Far West conference was held near Portland this year and Mark Rodney joined up with me to perform many showcases! It was Mark's first conference and he had a blast. I want to also thank Melanie, Jeanette Lundgren, Charlette Fugetta, Jackie Batdorf, Mike Hays and Rich Curiel, Dave Schoolman, Steve Smith, Bob Kivi, Bill Batstone, CareyDriscoll, Peter Holmstedt and others have unselfishly donated their time help me achieve my goals. This year, my solo CD "Home Again" will be re-released on a new label, Novatunes. Their roster has a talented group of artists including Jackson Browne, Graham Nash to name a few. Novatunes call themselves "the record company for the 21st century", and with their passion and hard work, I believe it can be possible. Iam thrilled to be part of Novatunes. The International Folk Alliance Conference will be in Memphis, Feb. 20th to the 24th. I have been selected to perform my first showcase and I am very happy about that. I will also be performing several guerilla showcases as a solo and with James Lee Stanley. Mark Rodney and myself recorded a live show at XM Radio in November which will be released as a CD in the spring. The CD also will include two brand new songs that will be recorded in the studio. We plan to support the new CD and I will continue to support "Home Again" and "All Wood And Stones". I hope to see you out there at a show some time this year.
John Batdorf
Saturday, November 17th, 2007 5:36 AM

Batdorf and Rodney at XM Radio

Mark Rodney, Bill Batstone and myself recorded a live concert yesterday for The Loft, XM 50 on your XM Radio dial. There was no audience and we played many of the songs from the first two Batdorf and Rodney Records. It is a little strange not having an audience but we spoke about the past and tried to set up each song with a bit of nostalgic information. The shows are described as warts and all because even though we were in a recording studio, there were no fixes or overdubs. The only re-records were another full pass at a song if the mistakes were beyond warts and all. Over all I thought we all did a pretty good job! The show is scheduled to air in February which is good timing for us. The plan is to release the XM show as a live B&R CD in the Spring of 2008. As a bonus, I have written two new songs that will be recorded in the studio and be the first new Batdorf and Rodney recordings since 1975. I really want to thank all of the folks at XM Radio, especially Mike Marrone, George Taylor Morris, Jerry Rubino, Earl Bailey, and countless others for all their support. Mike started playing Batdorf and Rodney records from his own burned CDs before they were re-released! XM Radio has continued to support "All Wood and Stones" as well as my newest solo CD, "Home Again". Thanks XM for allowing this music to get rediscovered!!!!!

On another front, a brand new self described "record company for the 21st century", Novatunes has signed on artists like Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, Leon Russell and several more acts including myself. I think they have come up with a great new concept in selling music. Check out their site below.

http://www.novatunes.com/
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007 7:24 AM

What the Fans Are Saying About HOME AGAIN

John Batdorf Brings Us Home Again, April 13, 2007 - from Amazon.com

Reviewer: The Soft Needle (University Heights, Ohio)
This is a really a terrific CD from John Batdorf. It's deep, features two of his most memorable B & R songs in "Home Again" and "Ain't It Like Home" and just resonates with the beauty and the magic he first shared with us over 30 years ago. And, after 30+ years of waiting, we had the great pleasure of seeing him in Kent, Ohio for a solo show. He was superb. This CD is really the essence of what make John so much fun to listen to and take in. The acoustic guitar is memorable and distinctive. His voice is clear, harmonies are beautiful, and the lyrics are either loving or biting, depending on what the song's message is. And when I say "deep", the songs are strong throughout. Few throw-aways here, and there shouldn't be, because Mr. Batdorf hasn't been nearly as consistent with his CD releases as we'd like him to be. Know that his Batdorf and McLean CDs are excellent, but this one is really a return to the feel of Batdorf & Rodney, while giving us the full measure of just what a strong and gifted artist John is. Thanks, John, for reminding us how great it is to hear your brand of acoustic folk or acoustic rock, depending on your mood. Now, if you could just see your way to give us a remake of "Can You See Him," I could go to heaven fulfilled.

Reviewer: Cassidy - from Amazon.com. Cross-posted to CD-Baby
Home Again: Every Song Is Worth It, March 23, 2007
This is one of the best, most cohesive albums I've heard in a long time. The lyrics and melodies are equally strong, and I was pleased to see that it held up to the praise I'd heard. The acoustic introduction to "Home Again" is a wonderful beginning, and the clarity on John's vocal here is admirable. It makes the song believable. It's not often that one feels this way in life, and it's great to hear it expressed in song. My favorite line from "Home Again" is: "Now I'm sought instead of chasing."

"Me and You" is a nice nod to groups like Buffalo Springfield from the mid-'60s. I still can't get over how much John sounds like Graham Nash. I see a lot of CSN parallels in this album.

"I Don't Always Win" has incredible lyrics that keep a balance between honesty and hope. I think of those I know who have dealt with addiction, and in my opinion, John captured this feeling quite well.

The simple acoustic feel of "Ain't It Like Home" is something I don't hear very often anymore, and it's a brilliant vocal and a nice precursor to "Home Again" (even if the other was written first). "Ain't It Like Home" is still looking for home, and the latter has found it.

I absolutely love the lyrics to "Solitude". There are people who constantly miss chances, overwhelmed by stimuli and the demands placed upon them. And sometimes they have a lot of trouble escaping that mindset, even though they wish they could do something about it.

"I Never Wanted" is another one of my favorites. This is a theme often seen in life, but not usually expressed this well in song. There are more striking lyrics here: "I said I never wanted love / But love is the only thing I need."

For someone who didn't want to write an angry song, John and Michael McLean did a fantastic job. The guitar on the chorus of "Can't Be Trusted" especially stands out.

Another favorite of mine is "Something is Slipping Away". I'm fonder of earlier decades than my own, and there's another great lyric here: "And the greatest prize before our eyes / Is given to those who can take without having to give." It's ironic but true. This song has a wonderful melody, too.

"One Night Stands" is really a very clever lyric, and I have to agree with Michael McLean: this *is* the one that gets stuck in my head the most. I'd love to hear this live; I'll bet it draws a real crowd response.

"Where Are You Now?" reminds me a little of the Blue Jays' (Justin Hayward/John Lodge) "Who Are You Now" because they touch on the same theme. Since much of "Home Again" looks back at the past, it makes sense to close with this one.

What really struck me about this album is that I enjoy every single song on it. Not one is filler. I haven't heard all of John's music yet, but I'd have to say that this is my favorite so far.

Whoa!!!
Reviewer: David Porter (Tucson) -- February 14th. 2007 -- from Amazon.com
When I got this a couple weeks ago I immediately listened to it twice--it's that good. I've been a fan since the early '70s and used to play some B&R songs. The song writing is strong. The melodies are carefully worked out. This is a beautiful album. If you're in any way familiar with Batdorf songs or Batdorf and Rodney albums, you'll love this stuff. This record is a consistent pleasure to listen to. A couple old songs get a new treatment and sound thoroughly fresh. Don't miss this one.

Best music by John Batdorf ever, February 11, 2007
Mark Klaesener (St.. Peters, Missouri) - From Amazon.com
Home Again by John Batdorf is by far the best music John has put out solo or with Batdorf & Rodney. The remake of Home Again as the title song will knock your socks off. And it was nice to hear Mark Rodney play on the song too, I didn't think they could remake the song better but John & Mark blew the old version away and I did not think that was possible. The whole CD is packed with great songs, This is John's best work ever and once you listen to it you will not put it away. It's been in my car CD player since I bought it and still enjoying it now. John is touring right now if you get the chance to see him live don't pass it up you will regret it later.

Welcome back, Batdorf & Rodney, February 7, 2007
Reviewer: Jun Yamaya "j-boy" (Tokyo, Japan) - from Amazon.com

This is the first full-length solo album from John Batdorf, one half of the 70's folk-rock duo Batdorf & Rodney and a member of Silver. He has been making great music all throughout the years, but this is by far his best. Pleasant surprise is the appearance of Mark Rodney on two songs, for the first time in 30 years since B&R called it quits. Both of these songs (Home Again and Where Are You Now) are re-recordings of old B&R songs but they are a lot better. Just listen to the firing acoustic groove of Home Again! Amazing these guys out-shined themselves after such a long hiatus.

These B&R songs are naturally the high points of the album but the rest (including another old B&R song, Ain't It like Home) is just as good and enjoyable acoustic music. You won't be disappointed.

February 3rd, 2007
John,
Welcome back! Song 1 is of course better than ever, 3,5,6,7,&10 are equally vintage B & R. Attached is a picture of my D-35 with my thoughts about where you should go with this recaptured sound. Your harmony with Mark is so refreshing with today's music I can only say thank you and do more! I also thought the words were inspirational and at 55 myself, I have to say they were meaningful.
Great job and keep picking!
AJ Peterson
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007 7:15 AM

Press Reviews for "Home Again"

Press Reviews

John Batdorf: Keeps Focus on Music
Dayton Daily News
BY DON THRASHER
CONTRIBUTING WRITER
THE DAYTON DAILY NEWS (March 30, 2007)
http://www.daytondailynews.com/n/content/oh/index/news/

Singer-songwriter John Batdorf was only 15 years old when he left Beavercreek in 1967 and migrated west to seek his fame and fortune with the Loved Ones. The band soon imploded, but the singer-songwriter never left California or gave up his dream of making music.

Batdorf, who performs tonight at Canal Street Tavern, reached his commercial peak in the mid-'70s with acoustic duo Batdorf & Rodney, who released two LPs on Atlantic Records. Despite the ups and downs in his career, he never quit playing and recording. And as Batdorf proves on his new self-released LP, Home Again, at 55 he is still completely focused on creating music.

The album is packed with memorable gems such as Home Again, Solitude and Something is Slipping Away, which are sunny slices of West Coast folk with shimmering acoustic guitars, warm harmonies and Batdorf's rich, youthful tenor.
"I thought it might be a really cool idea to try to recreate a retro-throwback record," Batdorf said recently. "I wanted the songs to sound like they were recorded in the late '60s or early '70s but were still modern by today's standards, kind of like a lost album. I wanted to kind of do the songs how I do them at the shows, which is a little different arrangement, a little more scaled down, kind of a house concert approach."

Home Again, recorded in Batdorf's home studio, is clearly his baby, but he received musical assistance from James Lee Stanley, Michael McLean, Greg Collier and other talented friends. The project also gave Batdorf the opportunity to work with his twin sons, Brett and Matt, who provided harmony vocals on several cuts. Mark Rodney, his old partner from the '70s, also added guitar and vocals to re-recordings of a few old songs, marking their first collaboration in 30 years.

Batdorf is promoting the CD to NPR affiliates and Internet radio stations, but his main focus is on XM satellite radio. "I was really trying to gear this project at XM because I thought they would be the immediate national airplay I could get," said Batdorf, who was pleasantly surprised at the positive response. "All of a sudden I had three songs on XM. I was thrilled. Now they're playing nine out of the 10 songs. It felt like mission accomplished, now I just have to try to keep spreading the word."
For more information: www.johnbatdorfmusic.com.

Contact contributing arts and music writer Don Thrasher at donaldthrasher8@aol.com.

Sacramento Bee 4-star review of Home Again
Sacramento Bee
Published 12:00 am PST Sunday, March 4, 2007
CD review: John Batdorf, Home Again
Batmac Music, 4 stars
By Jim Carnes - Bee Staff Writer
The Sacramento Bee
http://sacbee.com/122/story/131222.html
More than three decades after putting an end to Batdorf and Rodney, John Batdorf and Mark Rodney are singing together again -- and it's great. Just like old times. Except with a maturity of songwriting on Batdorf's part that imbues this set with warmth and depth. Batdorf refers to "Home Again" as "the Batdorf and Rodney album that was never made," which is sure to delight a bunch of old fans. It includes three songs from the duo's days together -- the title track, which is performed here in a version that's even better than the original; "Ain't It Like Home," which Batdorf performs as a solo; and "Where Are You Now," a duet that has never appeared on a studio album -- plus seven new songs.
Those two "home" songs are a clue to a major theme of this set. It's about finding a place of safety and comfort. Other fine songs include "Solitude," "Me and You" and "One Night Stands," which is only about extramarital affairs in that it's about a performer's love of his music and the one-night concert stands on the road. This is a really fine collection.

Earbuzz Review HOME AGAIN
http://www.earbuzz.com/johnbatdorf
earBuzz Review: John Batdorf's most recent offering is "Home Again", a collection of 10-tunes that run the emotional gambit from poetic dedications to peace and love to the darker analysis of human relationships and politics. The record opens with "Home Again", a Batdorf and Rodney beloved tune. The wonderful thing about music is that it is completely free to be redefined and done with newness and "Home Again" is one of those tunes. Batdorf's keen sense of harmony has CSN timbres that were stylized synchronistically and could as easily be called Batdorf timbres. But, here you have it, acoustic guitar advanced performing along with four-part clear harmonies within tunes that are written by an artist. Track 2, "Me and You", is a bluegrass groove that celebrates the relationship that takes two hearts and two minds and equal one thinking and one beat. The harmonic complexity continues with "I Don't Always Win". The self-deprecating raw and poignant picture of the reality of life's ups and downs is touching and as honest as anything we've heard. Batdorf sings, 'still that sweet companion when i feel abandoned, keeps poisoning this canyon called my life'. The insight and depression revealed continues in "Something is Wrong". Batdorf sings of the race to go nowhere that can be for the listener a realty-check not only for political topics, but also personal references as a companion to 'win'. The final track, "Where Are You Now", is an acoustic guitar trance and mystic revelation as Batdorf leaves the listener with something to ponder at the end of this records' journey and delivers it with a firm foundation in mature adult and kind artistry.


Home Again
Review by RadioIndy / POSTED ON: 23 Apr 2007
"Home Again" by John Batdorf, is a very impressive acoustic adult rock CD. The CD is filled with impressive acoustic guitar work, which sounds really good on this recording. John's vocals are especially beautiful on this CD, and include rich harmonies on many tracks. The recording quality is crystal clear, which is especially effective on this acoustic, unplugged CD, and allows the lyrics to cut through nicely. The songwriting combines well thought-out and thought-provoking lyrics combined with memorable choruses. "Home Again," the title track, combines memorable acoustic guitar work and a memorable chorus, with a powerful lyrical message. "Me and You" includes clever lyrics and nice 2-part harmonies. "Something Is Slipping Away" is a remarkably beautiful song. The up-tempo "One Night Stands" is one of our favorite tracks, with it's hook-filled chorus. If you enjoy acoustic adult rock artists of the 60s and early 70s, such as Crosby, Stills, & Nash, you will enjoy this CD. Pick up a copy today!
- Review by RadioIndy staff

JOHN BATDORF/Home Again:BATMAC Music
Chris Spector/Midwest Record Recap
Funny thing about the music biz that never changes, you can have all the auspicious beginnings you want but the next step is to get hot or go home. 35 years after putting Batdorf & Rodney to rest after some of the most auspicious beginnings, Batdorf catches up with his roots and re-examines the cult band that faded away but didn't die. After moving on and successfully wearing other hats, a spate of reissues caused Batdorf and Rodney to come to light again and was the genesis of this set that brings old and new together. Even 35 years on, Batdorf is running with the heart of a kid and adds wisdom to the old songs while adding wonder to the new. A singer/songwriter with more on the ball than a lot of today's crop, this set is a welcome return home again. Whether an old or new fan, it's well worth checking out.



Home Again (A rating)
Jim Trageser Staff Writer North County Tribune
John Batdorf

BatMac Music/Indy

Half of the underappreciated '70s folk-rock duo Batdorf and Rodney, singer-songwriter John Batdorf has a new album out that recalls the heyday of the acoustic guitar backing vocal harmonies age. Eight new songs and rerecorded versions of a couple of old Batdorf and Rodney staples, "Home Again" is as fun an album as Batdorf has ever been involved with.

Fans of the old duo will be delighted to see Mark Rodney on harmony vocals both on a revamped version of "Home Again," as well as on "Where Are You Now?," which has been available only on the "Live at McCabes" album. Both tracks stand among the very best the two have done together, and hearing them together again after 30 years is truly a treat.

Fans of Batdorf's more recent recordings will be glad to know that he's joined here by collaborators James Lee Stanley and Bill Batstone. Stanley, in particular, provides a ready foil to Batdorf's own guitar work. And Batdorf's two sons, Brett and Matt, provide some harmony vocals as well, adding a familial touch.

Batdorf's singing is better than ever, his songwriting as strong as always, the supporting cast outstanding.

Anyone who digs the acoustic singer-songwriter school of '70s folk rock is likely to enjoy the groove Batdorf and Co. have laid down here.
Sunday, April 8th, 2007 10:00 AM

Spring of 2007

Here it is Easter Sunday and I finally have a chance to reflect upon what's happened since the release of "Home Again". Since the release party in January, I have been doing everything in my power to get this CD heard. Being a one man band just doesn't apply to performing music. Having my own label, being my own manager/booking agent/record promoter and on and on has its challenges. It is really nice to get a true reading on what's happening and more importantly getting paid when I sell product and perform. It's no wonder artists have bolted away from the big labels and are trying to take control of their careers! it's so gratifying to me to see XM Radio playing nine of the ten songs form my new CD and continue to support All Wood And Stones as well as all of the Batdorf and Rodney records. I can never thank Mike Marrone and George Taylor Morris enough. You guys are fantastic. It's nice to hear DJ's playing music because they love it, opposed to having to play music that corporate committees choose for them. I also am meeting some great folks as I visit venues across the US for the first time as a solo artist. The promoters have been very supportive and I appreciate them inviting me play in their venues. It has also been very cool having Mark Rodney play some gigs with me. We have only done a few shows but there are times when the magic really shines through. Mark is going back to the midwest with me in the fall to do some shows and that should be exciting. Last but not least, I want to thank all the people who helped me get this thing going and continue to help forge ahead, and to all the fans who support my career by buying CDs and attending my shows. These one night stands do mean so much!
John
Friday, February 9th, 2007 6:05 PM

Home Again is on the air!

Home Again is now being played on FM and internet radio. My biggest surprise came when I was singing over in Hawaii, I found out that XM Radio has also started playing the CD. The Loft, XM 50 is playing "Where Are You Now" and "I Don't Always Win". Deep Tracks, XM 40 is playing "Can't Be Trusted". I can't express the happiness that brings to me. I am certainly not an automatic add on XM. While they have been so supportive of Batdorf and Rodney's three albums and "All Wood and Stones" by James Lee Stanley and myself, this marks the first solo airplay that I have gotten on XM. Thank you Mike Marrone and George Taylor Morris and everyone else who has started playing "Home Again"! (:
Friday, January 19th, 2007 10:54 AM

First Review for "Home Again"

BATMAC MUSIC
JOHN BATDORF/Home Again: Funny thing about the music biz that never changes, you can have all the auspicious beginnings you want but the next step is to get hot or go home. 35 years after putting Batdorf & Rodney to rest after some of the most auspicious beginnings, Batdorf catches up with his roots and re-examines the cult band that faded away but didn’t die. After moving on and successfully wearing other hats, a spate of reissues caused Batdorf and Rodney to come to light again and was the genesis of this set that brings old and new together. Even 35 years on, Batdorf is running with the heart of a kid and adds wisdom to the old songs while adding wonder to the new. A singer/songwriter with more on the ball than a lot of today’s crop, this set is a welcome return home again. Whether an old or new fan, it’s well worth checking out.

Chris Spector
Midwest Record Recap
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
www.midwestrecord.com
www.myspace.com/midwestrecord
Sunday, January 7th, 2007 8:44 AM

"Home Again" Ships on Wednesday January 10

I get my first order of CDs on Tuesday and I will be shipping out all of the pre orders ASAP. Thank you so much for everyone's continued support and here's to a great 2007! See you somewhere out there on the road.
Tuesday, October 17th, 2006 7:53 PM

The new CD is almost done.

I have been so busy these last months recording my new CD, "Home Again" but the end is near. The last two weeks, Mark Rodney has been here with me recording guitars and vocals with me for the first time in 30 years. It has really been a blast. The CD will consist of seven new songs and three songs from the B&R days. The new version of Home Again is so great, I can't wait to get it out there. I am also recording a solo version of Ain't It Like Home as well as a duet of a song that was never recorded in a studio until now entitled Where Are You Now. The only place that it exists is on the live McCabes CD but the new version is so much better. We were going to record it on the fourth record that never happened so it's great to finally do it right. The new songs are, I Don't Always Win, Can't Be Trusted, One Night Stands, Something Is Slipping Away, Me and You, Solitude, and Never Wanted. I am truly so excited about this CD, I wish I could be in a room with all of you when you hear it for the first time. It really takes me back to the day when I would get a new album by one of my favorite acts and couldn't wait to get it home and get lost in the music. The music really does make me feel "Home Again"!
Monday, August 28th, 2006 12:35 PM

A Very Worthy Cause

This past Saturday, the 26th of August, I performed with Michael McLean at a fund raiser for the Pond family in Rexburg, Idaho. The event was put together by Geoff Pond and Shaun Bills for Matt Pond and his lovely wife and three beautiful little children. Back in the early nineties, I was fortunate to be asked by Michael McLean to perform in Idaho with the Pond brothers who were a local vocal trio consisting of Geoff, Dana, and Matt. They had a little venue in Idaho Falls where for the price of a ticket, you could get a great barbecue and a musical performance by the Pond Brothers who just happen to be three of fourteen children. The Ponds who had met Michael a year earlier asked us to come up and join them and we did. We had a great time that night and went fishing on the Snake River the next day. At the show, I was struck by a touching original song Matt had written for his brother, Ron, who had died the year before of cancer. They recorded the song on their Montana Sunrise CD which I participated in as a singer and songwriter and had a great time hanging with the guys. I returned to Idaho a few more times to perform and fish and every time I went there, the Pond's have always treated my family and myself as nicely as anyone has ever done before. A few months ago Michael McLean called me and shared some terrible news about Matt Pond. Seems he wasn't feeling right and went to the doctor only to get the worst news you could ever want to hear. He had a malignant brain tumor that had to be removed and no one knew until the surgery whether he would survive or not. Well he survived the operation but not without some complications. He has trouble speaking and remembering things but is showing some progress. Matt is still receiving heavy doses of meds and radiation five days a week. As with many folks in our great country, his insurance did not cover everything and thus the fund raiser was put together which was organized through the Bills Family Memorial Foundation. There was a great turnout and the true highlight of the show was when Geoff, Dana and Matt sang together for the first time in a long while. Matt's five year old son practiced with him over and over until Matt could sing the song and he did just fantastic! We all hope and pray that Matt beats this thing but they will continue to need help in the future. If you can find it within your heart to give, you can go to the website below and make a donation. They are truly a great deserving family and are just hoping for a chance to get through this!
Thanks,
John

http://www.bfmf.org/Matt%20Pond/mattpondmain.htm
Monday, August 14th, 2006 9:14 AM

Heading towards Autumn

Here it is mid August and we are heading for one of my favorite seasons, fall. After a scorching summer it's nice to have the air cool down somewhat. It is my favorite time to fish! The big browns are on the move and I plan to slow a few of them down if only temporarily. I am also into my fourth month of working on my new CD. It is finally coming together with six new songs having lead vocals and many acoustic guitar tracks. After returning to the road and performing again, my song writing perspective has changed a bit. When I did my first solo EP, Side One, I had been working on that CD before I ever got involved with James Lee Stanley and the CD, All Wood And Stones. I am again realizing just how powerful a great song, great vocal and slammin' acoustic guitar can be. I am very pleased with the new Batdorf/McLean collaborations and I think anyone that has enjoyed our previous works will really appreciate the metamorphosis that has taken place. I am adding background vocals as we speak with George Merrill and Bill Batsone who happen to be two of my favorite singers on this planet as well as anxiously awaiting Mark Rodney's LA trip so we can redo the likes of Home Again, Ain't It Like Home, Is It Love and possibly, Can You See Him. Realistically, the CD won't be done until January but I am working as fast as I can and will put up examples of the work when it is done. I honestly believe that this is my best work. I guess I am just a late bloomer..............
Wednesday, May 17th, 2006 7:37 AM

Back to Ohio

This past week of May , I had the pleasure of returning to my
home state of Ohio for some performances with James Stanley.
We started our three day mini tour upstate in Kent and
performed at a venue called Kent Stage which is a beautifully
restored theater. We opened for Al Stewart and although the
house was small, the audience was very receptive to us. I had
the pleasure of meeting some really great folks that I have been
e-mailing for years. It's always nice to finally put a face to those
e-mails.That night we drove south to perform live the next
morning on the radio at WYSO which originates out of Antioch
College. That seemed to go well and we headed out to
Bellfontaine which is north out in the deep country. There is a
house concert series that runs six times a year and what a joy
that was. The performance happens on the second story of an
old restored barn. What a cool place! There is no no sound
system, which is my preference, and the intimate audience was
fantastic. Many regulars were there as well as some of my family
and friends. I must say, we played great and the audience really
appreciated it. The wonderful hosts made us a great breakfast
the next morning and we were off to Dayton Ohio's Canal Street
Tavern. Having grown up in the Dayton area, this was a special
moment for me. The last time I played in Dayton was at Wright
State with Mark and we opened fro Harry Chapin in 1976. I knew
many family members and friends would be attending and the
pressure was on! When I started the solo section of the set I
said, " Am I ever nervous. I know way too many people here!" The
show could not have gone any better. We were great, the
audience was great and what a trip it was to see some folks
after all those years. My old band members, The Convoys, were
there as well as most of the guys had ever been in bands with
as a teenager. I had my sister and one of my brothers there and
many other family members. I am so happy that we were able to
come back here and play. There was so much love in that
building that it was unbelievable. It almost felt like, " John, This Is
Your Life!" I will carry that memory with me wherever my life
leads me next. Thanks!!!!
John
Tuesday, February 14th, 2006 5:30 PM
Well, here it is mid February and James and I are waiting for the All Wood And Stones concert DVD to get finished. In the meantime I have booked myself here in LA at several venues as "An Evening with John Batdorf And Friends". The first show went fantastic at Gayle's Perks. My song writing buddy, Michael McLean joined in and so did ex-Silver member Greg Collier. Also joining us onstage was Michael's son, Scott who is in the process of making a CD with his brother Jeff. Many old friends, some who I have not seen in years, showed up and for three hours, the guitar was passed around and all involved showcased their many talents. I have several more solo gigs coming up and I must say I am really enjoying it! If you are in the LA area, come on down and check out the show. All the upcoming shows are listed on my schedule page and on the John Batdorf Yahoo site.
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006 10:11 AM
Happy New Year to all and welcome to my brand new web site! It was designed by Roseann Flickenger. She was so great to work with and did a fantastic job. Thank you Zan! Also thanks to Jeanette Lundgren for all of her help. Jeanette started the Yahoo Group and continues to help in any way she can to get me out in public and performing. Now that 2006 is here, I am anxious to get back on the road and spread the word about “ALL Wood and Stones”. Last year after our new label Aezra/EMI rereleased the CD on September, 13, James Lee Stanley and myself started the AWAS invasion of the United States. Everywhere we have traveled, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., Altadena, Culver City, Salt Lake City or Charleston we have left several thousand fans in our wake. This whole AWAS thing started when Mike Marrone at XM Radio went on the CD the day after he received it way back in November of 2004. That airplay eventually led us to Aezra/EMI. Thank you so much to Mike, Kate Bradley, George Taylor Morris and Earl Bailey for their continued support of AWAS as well as Batdorf and Rodney. Mike also promised to add my new solo EP, "Side One” to The Loft playlist and I am really excited about that! In case you missed our live concert which included our friend and bass player/singer, Bill Batstone at XM in November of 2005, you can access it on my site by going to the “Listen” link and click on the “XM Radio Loft Session". Special thanks to Sam Kopper who is the program director at "The Bridge 105.5" Classic Rock station in Charleston, S.C. His station was the first "Classic Rock" station to put us into full rotation. We went to Charleston and played live on the radio, did a few clubs, played at a record store and finished our trip with a house concert that was a prize for a contest “The Bridge” had arranged with it’s listeners. The week before we came to town, The Bridge gave away AWAS CDs to call in listeners and the the grand prize/booby prize was a private house concert for a lucky listener. It was so much fun and we hope to do more of those. The first time we did that was in Detroit with Pam Rossi at 94.7 WCSX’s and it also was very successful. We hope to do more of those up close and personal concerts! While James and I were in Pittsburgh, we filmed a concert in high definition and will be made into a DVD and released in January sometime. An electronic press kit will also be made containing concert clips, interviews and footage of our XM show which I am also anxious to see. Aezra is doing a nice strategic job promoting AWAS and we want to thank everyone at Aezra we have met so far including Mike, Paul, Jeff, DeAnne, Juanita and everyone else who continues to try and break AWAS. Also thanks to our manager, Derek Sutton for making sure that everyone, including James and myself, is doing all they can to spread the word about All Wood And Stones. Here’s to the health of all our friends and families and may 2006 be a great year for all to remember.
John Batdorf

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