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

Feb 2006 News

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.