Review of Next Stop, Willoughby

by Dennis Wasnich
2-Apr-2017

With his latest CD release, John Batdorf has offered us a kind of “re-invented” John Batdorf in a sense. Part of this was necessity as he chose to play all of the instruments this time around, but part also is undoubtedly a result of his fresh perspective brought by moving his home base. The result is a sparse, but musical and immediate, more introspective flavor of songs than usual, not that either of these is new, but rather they have been brought to the forefront of the effort.

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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/