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Mark Nichols Mark Nichols from Leawood wrote on May 13, 2024 at 3:03 pm
Fantastic house concert in Leawood, KS at Henry and Laura’s on May 11. Great music, wonderful stories, and history, with humor and charm included. Very nice to chat with John and learn of his lifetime of experiences in music and a favorite baseball team in common. Highly recommend his music and his meaningful songwriting to all! A great evening for everyone.
Admin Reply by: John Batdorf
Thank you very much. I enjoyed talking with you as well and I always love sharing music with people that haven’t heard it before. I’m glad you liked it.
Gregory Stanphill Gregory Stanphill from Las Vegas wrote on May 3, 2024 at 1:49 pm
It was the early 1970s and I had a friend whose older brother put on a concert at Las Vegas High School, and I helped set it up for the Batdorf and Rodey concert after they came up with “Off the Shelf” album and I have been a lifelong fan ever since. I do not know if this was this first concert.
Admin Reply by: John Batdorf
Thanks for visiting!
Larry DeVine Larry DeVine from Harrisburg Pa wrote on August 28, 2023 at 7:52 pm
Loved your music since I got turned on to Life Is You back in the day, love the songs Ain't It Like Home, Long Way From Heaven, She Made Me Smile, but the entire album was great and have them on vinyl, but everything you and Mark Rodney have released is great, picked a few of your releases on CD along with your solo releases John, love your music!!!
Bob Godfrey Bob Godfrey from Fremoni, IN wrote on August 28, 2023 at 4:44 pm
Totally knocked me out. Followed you guys ever since.
John Batdorf John Batdorf wrote on August 28, 2023 at 1:24 pm
Lisa Adnet wrote: The ringing guitars, the smooth,powerful voices and the relevant lyrics had me at "Oh, me and my guitar . . . " 👏✨💜
John Batdorf John Batdorf wrote on August 28, 2023 at 1:23 pm
Cliff Tohtz wrote: The guitar harmonies. I was 13 when I first heard it; it took my breath away then and it still does.
John Batdorf John Batdorf wrote on August 28, 2023 at 1:22 pm
Bernie Horowitz wrote: Loved it the moment I heard it. Played it in store when I brought it in.
John Batdorf John Batdorf wrote on August 28, 2023 at 1:21 pm
Ron Jones wrote: ‘ Great vocal sound and great acoustic sound. That was my first impression.
John Batdorf John Batdorf wrote on August 28, 2023 at 1:20 pm
Lawrence Bullock wrote: I was assigned to review your "Off the Shelf" Lp for a radio station I worked at ( as a 17 year old) and was just buzzed over your crystal clear guitar work and your harmonies. I think I "four starred" (fours were the highest) every single song, on these little adhesive labels we placed beside the track lists.
John Batdorf John Batdorf wrote on August 28, 2023 at 1:20 pm
Lawrence Bullock wrote: I was assigned to review your "Off the Shelf" Lp for a radio station I worked at ( as a 17 year old) and was just buzzed over your crystal clear guitar work and your harmonies. I think I "four starred" (fours were the highest) every single song, on these little adhesive labels we placed beside the track lists.
John Batdorf John Batdorf wrote on August 28, 2023 at 1:18 pm
Joe Thibodeau writes: John, I saw you guys in Downey, California in probably 1972 or 1973 at Downey community theatre. Your music and acoustic guitar work was amazing. I immediately went and bought your album. A positive music experience. Thank you!
John Batdorf John Batdorf wrote on August 28, 2023 at 1:16 pm
Thea Labella Davidson says: Also hooked after hearing Home Again on WNEW. To this day one of my favorite songs and so glad Earle Bailey plays it pretty often. Recently it came on as I pulled up to my house and I had to stay in the car to listen to the end. Such a great song 🎵
Paul Loss Paul Loss from Mooresville, NC wrote on August 28, 2023 at 11:07 am
The first time I heard a Batdorf & Rodney song was on the radio driving home from school one day. It was Home Again and I instantly fell in love with the song so I did an immediate U-turn and headed towards the record store and bought the album. 40+ years later the song is still in my rotation of favorite songs to listen to.
Michael Michael from Dayton wrote on August 28, 2023 at 10:36 am
Bought album without hearing it because two guys in The Forest record store were talking about how great it was. I bought it without ever hearing of B+R. Great album ,glad I did.
Ernie Peters Ernie Peters from Edwardsville, Il wrote on August 28, 2023 at 10:01 am
Batdorf and Rodney was a favorite duo back in the beginning singer/songwriter awareness in St. Louis. Harmonies and melodies stood out against the guitar effects (fuzz box) and hard-driving rhythms of what was to become "classic rock".
Darcy Groves Darcy Groves from Gilroy wrote on August 28, 2023 at 9:43 am
1972, Cascade, Montana (population 300+) laying on the floor of my bedroom listening to Can You See Him from my brothers room, below. Mike went to college in Dillon and a gal from LA brought him your album. You were a big influence in his music. I could hear it when he played. Thank you for the beautiful memories of my brother and your music.
Brian Handyside Brian Handyside from Sterling Heights wrote on August 28, 2023 at 9:41 am
John, I won't bore you with my story. I have posted it many, many times over the decades. Here is an Abridged Version - Date Night, looking for something to do. "Bread" Concert. (Never a fan but something to do) Warm up Act, Two super Long Hair Dudes with Acoustics and a perfect, interesting New Sound, complete with Great Vocals, Great Songwriting and even Greater Jamming within the Songs. I gave up electric that night.
Dave Madden Dave Madden from Plainfied wrote on April 23, 2022 at 11:34 am
Hi John. I don’t know how you and Mark never achieved more commercial success. Your albums released in the 70’s formed the soundtrack of my life. With all due respect to other singer/songwriting groups of that time Batdorf and Rodney were the best. I continue to listen today and share with everyone I can. Thanks for the creative genius and all the special memories you have given me through your music.
Mike Hays Mike Hays wrote on February 8, 2022 at 7:26 am
John Batdorf’s newest “magical” song, off is brand new EP, SIDE II, “Daddy Doesn’t Love You….” has, after 50-years of me following this good friend of mine and whom I have Idolized the entirety of those #50-Years writing songs and making albums, has at 70-yrs. old (just shy) …continued to find the musical symmetry of tugging at my heart strings about a Father and his Family (Melanie his wife, Brett and Matt (twins) and their Grandkids, on a family vacation they took in Hawaii a few months back. The song encapsulates a Father’s lifetime of being one of the best musical artists still around, and all those #50-yrs. writing and sing songs, putting out somewhere along #20-LP’s, Albums, Disk, EPs’. He just kept up with the changing times and hit a “homerun” of a tune that brought tears to my eyes, doing the same thing with wife, children (#2), now grandkids, John has proven the point that you are as only as strong as you allow yourself to never get discouraged, never give-up, and followed the work ethic of never getting discouraged or giving -up to still raise his entire family as a Father most of all! “DADDY DOESN’T LOVE YOU…” hits the keynote worthiness of life and taking care of his family. John once told me, “It was never about the money, Mike, it was always the music and following my heart to seek it’s magic I was born with! This song, on SIDE II EP captures the humility and heartfelt reason John has succeeded in everything he does, musically. Happiness can only exist in accepting one’s inner soul. I cannot wait until the next #5-#10 EP’s he puts out, which I believe he is bound to do. Anyone who has followed him from the beginning (Batdorf and Rodney, 1971), I hope can humbly accept my love of this song as a 70-Yr. old Father and a lifetime of Love, Peace and Happiness and like the stars, you don’t always see them but with songs of this nature, you know they are always there.—-Mike Hays
Brian Handyside Brian Handyside wrote on January 27, 2022 at 10:48 am
"Well last night, January 26, 2022, John sent out the Master to his new EP. CD to follow in about a month. So I'm limited as to knowing the actual name of the EP or even the Song titles. However, I listened to all of his new Songs this morning twice so far. And I have to say, John's Magic still continues in this EP. Every Song Very Melodic and Interesting. I do not know how he does it ! His Songwriting Creativity is Never Ending. Thanks John, for all your Hard Work. You Inspire Me every time I hear a new Song by You. You are truly Gifted in Songwriting, Vocals and Guitar."