Off The Shelf

Batdorf & Rodney

Life Is You

Somewhere In The Night


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


Side One

Home Again

Still Burnin'

Old Man Dreamin'

One Last Wish

All Wood And Stones 2

Soundtrax 2 Recovery



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".


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What's New...

Saturday, July 11th, 2015 5:49 AM

Beep Beep Final Mastered Mix

At long last the CD is mastered and I am now in the process of getting the artwork together. My campaign ends in 56 hours and I am doing my final push to get it funded or I get nothing. I am still about 2K short but I have faith!! I put together a little video with "royalty free" pictures that enhance the title song "Beep Beep". Some of the pics are pretty low res but I wanted to capture the vibe that inspired me to become a musician and after 50 years write this song paying homage to the greatest band of our lifetime, The Beatles!
Thank you all for your support!
John Batdorf

Thursday, June 4th, 2015 12:08 PM

Indie Music Matters

"Here is a thought. If you are a fan of an artist's music, and plan on buying their new CD, why not "pre buy it" and help the artist make the record as good as it can be? It's a "win win" for sure, because when you listen to the finished record, you will feel proud that you were a small or large part of the reason it happened. The artist will be forever grateful and the music will live on and the songs will remain a gift to all for eternity! Indie music matters. Let's all help keep it alive.
John Batdorf
Thursday, May 28th, 2015 7:30 AM

46 Days and Counting!

46 more days to go! I know we can do it this time and I do mean we!
Monday, May 18th, 2015 11:41 AM

Kickstarter Round 2

Ever since I was a young boy, the music in my head has never stopped. I am constantly "hearing" melodies, lyrics or just plain old great song concept ideas. Songwriters don't really know where the ideas come from, we just feel blessed to receive them and it's our great privilege to complete the songs with the craft we have refined through the decades and share the music with the rest of the world. Often times the songs are meant for someone we might not ever meet and may have a positive impact their life so it's vital that we deliver the goods! 

As my songwriting buddy Michael McLean puts it, "we don't really own these songs, we just get to hear them first. Makes sense to me! Well I have 11 more songs that I feel really great about written by me and or with Michael McLean and Bill Batstone.
The songs are well into the recording process and with your help and support, the record should be done in another month or so. I have been recording now for over six months and wrote all of the songs in the last 12 months. I am very pleased with the way it is coming out. All my lead vocals and guitars are done and I have recruited some stellar talent to offer their incredible singing and playing skills. Bill Batstone, bass and vocals.....Chad Watson, bass.....Michael Dowdle, electric guitars and mandolin...Bill and Arlene Kole, vocals....Gary Falcone, vocals......Dane Pearlman....pedal steel and lap steel. 
There will undoubtedly be a few more folks added and then it's time to mix, master and release!! I hope to raise enough funds to give the record proper respect and hire a radio promotions expert and PR team.
Please be a part of the continuing musical journey I am so honored to have been on since I was a teenager. Thank you all in advance for supporting indie music. There are many great artists out there that many of you have never heard of, but just because they are not famous doesn't mean they are not great!!

John Batdorf
Monday, May 4th, 2015 5:32 PM
Well here we are headed into the home stretch and the campaign needs a shot of adrenaline so I thought I would share a rough mix of the song that started this whole record rolling. I was sitting in a hotel room in Bend, Oregon early in the morning while my wife slept and this song just came out. I ask you all to please share this project with as many as you can in order to give this record a chance.
Thanks so much,
John Batdorf                                         
                                          Beep Beep

                  John Batdorf/Bat Mac Music BMI 2014 All Rights Reserved
I caught the fever........... back in '64
Ain't felt nothin' like it since, nothin' like it before
That night when Lennon, sang Twist and Shout
We knew what the Beatles were all about
They wrote songs that made us, feel so fine 
We heard them singin’, and that just blew our minds
They made believers of us all that night
We let go..........when they sang hold me tight
These boys could write, these boys could sing
These boys could play almost everything
They'd sing their songs that made the 
Young girls scream and cry
So all the boys bought a guitar, and tried to sing real high,
  Beep beep beep beep yeah
Beep beep beep beep yeah
Help me if you can, ‘cos I sure miss this band
All the he world became a fan, the night they sang,
I wanna hold your hand………….
Been 50 years since I first heard those songs
But I can still listenin', to them all day long 
Day Tripper, or Nowhere Man
Every damn song helped make me who I am
They changed the world 'cos we were, 
All listening
I'd give it all for one more chance, 
Just to watch them sing
Beep beep beep beep yeah
Beep beep beep beep yeah
Beep beep beep beep yeah
Beep beep beep,  Beep beep beep Beep beep beep beep Yeah
From the upcoming solo CD from John Batdorf_Help Make It Happen!!!!!!
Stellar vocal performances from Arlene and Bill Kole, Bill Batstone, Gary Falcone. Also supplying their mighty skills, Chad Watson/bass, Jason Webb/B3 and Michael Dowdle/Electric Guitars
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