Detroit Masonic Temple 1972 The Bread Tour. Batdorf and Rodney overshadowed Bread, without a doubt. I became a new Fan and switched from Electric Guitar to Acoustic that night. Decades later, John Batdorf resurfaces. He gets back on the Road. Saw him a a small Venue outside of Detroit (The Trinity House) I believe that was 2009. (Got a photo) Went back approx. one year later, that time he brought Rodney! Then saw him approx. Then approx. One year later he was with another guitarist (the were featuring "All Wood and Stones". One year after that saw him performing at a Ann Arbor Library Venue. (Got to talk to him for awhile) Few years after that saw him on a Live Internet Show Kulaks Woodshed. Since then, just keeping up with his CD's. Even though I'm older than John, and I have been playing longer that John, He is my main Acoustic/Songwriting Inspiration. John is Special. ExtraOrdinary.
I have been following Johns music since 1975 in Reno. My kids grew up hearing those three B&R albums which I still have the vinyl. My daughter and I have been able to meet up with John and his wife at Far-West Folk and Kulaks Woodshed.
I'm sure glad I met Debby Gonzalez at the plant where we worked. This was in oh '76-7! Besides giving me an all-time quote, she turned me on to the red-cover B&D album. John's name came to mind the other day, so here I see he's still performing. Wonderful! I'll be snooping around some ..
Thanks, John, so much for performing in Las Vegas at Debbie’s house party on November 8. Fantastic show, acoustic solo act of the highest proficiency, with those super songs! Stunning guitar work! Was a great pleasure meeting and conversing with you! Al
Really enjoyed your show in Alton Sat. Great finally meeting ya, wish crowd woulda been bigger, but was so awesome I’m still recovering. Well worth the trip from Arkansas. Looking forward to another sometime. I will see your face again!
We're all looking forward to your fabulous return to beautiful Yucca AZ, where Grand Mohave desert meet blue Sonoran skies. Thanks John! We can't wait...
John, your May 4th concert at the Tower Theater in Bend was a fabulous success. They sold over 300 tickets and brought in a new level of local fans. I have asked for feedback from family and friends that attended, and they all loved your music, your guitar work, your voice, just the whole package. Some of your songs take me back to the Troubadour in Hollywood in the early 1970's,
I remember sitting in the car at the beach watching the swells and preparing to surf. My friend says check out this band my girlfriend turned me on to ( B&R Off The Shelf). Pushed in the 8 track and ...."This is interesting". Being an aspiring guitar player I thought this was totally awesome. He then says they're going to playing at McCabe's (Santa Monica) in a couple of weeks. Saw them there 3 times, last time with a bass player. The music has such a magical quality. You can feel their heart and soul in every tune! Thank you.
I first heard B&R in the long hot summer of 1973 when I was just out of English boarding school. Off the shelf shelf conjures up so many memories (freedom, youth, love), so nice to hear those sounds again. Its rare to say that re-work of old songs is better than the original but "still burning" is amazing. If you ever felt like venturing to the UK I will be there, esp with Rodney.. Thanks for the sounds.
I am a fan of you from the 70's and my kids are a fan from your Wham Bam in the Guardians movie. We will be seeing you in Dallas and hope to hear that song if you would grace us with it.
Caught your concert at The Loft in Camarillo a few nights ago, and it was really stellar! Great playing, singing, and writing, with some funny between-songs stories... Would love to buy you a beverage of your choice when we're up in the Bend area this Christmas!
B&R = Underrated Rock Stars. After being Drafted and overseas for 730 straight days, I came back to Detroit to hear B&R in Concert in my first month back. The Bar/Goal was set and I was converted to Acoustic. Over the Top Duo with great song, guitar, singing and Jamming.
John, love the new website look!! And looking forward to your upcoming Spring CD!! Happy new year and best wishes for a great and prosperous 2017!
Saw your name on Dave Mason's Misty Morning track. Knew I had heard it from 70's. Like the bio. Best of life to you
Hey John, I enjoyed Beep-Beep when I first heard it on The Loft, Sirius XM, so glad you're making music to this day. If you ever want to play a house concert in Denver, please let me know. More info on our venue/series @ www. fivepointslive. com - Doug @ 303-886-4114
omg - when i heard the name batdorf and rodney this month - talk about dr demento's way-back machine!! and b. mitchell reid - brings back so many great memories of los angeles am/fm stations and the great voices coming over the radio in ventura county. wow - you guys ruled for a number of years in the la la scene! happy to hear you are still playing john! kmet tweedle dee
I am SO happy!!! Today I learned the name of a wonderful song from my youth--actually I was a Senior in high school - 1975. The song - Life Is You was played that year on a radio station in an adjoining town from where I lived. I always remembered the words but didn't know the name of the song. Today I heard the song - seemed to be a different version but same words. I grabbed the phone and called the radio station to find out the name of the song - Life Is You. I Googled the song and learned it was the original musicians singing - just 41yers later. I got to hear the 1975 version on You Tube today and brought back a lot of fun memories!! I'm gonna check these guys out!!! Wonderful sound!! Thanks!!!
a young friend of mine back in 74 after back from vietnam turned me on to b&r i fell for you guys but never could get your music in the east. found you again on the net. great sounds still haunt me from ny late night radio alicesed steel late night
hey john just love your stuff loved reading your history it gave me a boost
hey john just love your stuff loved reading your history it gave me a boost as my band continues to move on all the best peace Rob Carlton rc.budaka