On a cut from Last Summer, his recent release, John Batdorf sings of the music circa 1970 in “Good Music Never Dies”, citing ‘guitars that keep ringing true today’ as the musical magic that has kept him going. For five decades, the voice of John Batdorf has chimed like a bell, standing with his acoustic six-string to keep the same truths ringing loud. Last Summer offers advice when “Hope is Everywhere” shines its light through darkness as John Batdorf sees love walking in the room with “You Don’t Have to Know My Name” and speaks directly to a longtime with heart partner in “Where Do We Go from Here”.
The 1970’s Folk Rock that John Batdorf nods to for keeping the songs alive can be heard alive and well in every note and nuance of Last Summer, the musical master gifting every song with the passion of the true believer. The title track questions our times, looking at an unknown future as it recalls packed rooms full of live acts, stadiums for of cheering fans, and humans together, John Batdorf wondering if we can get back to life as it exited just twelve months ago. Percussion keeps “Island Girl” walking into her day with rhythm as John Batdorf relies on perseverance to take him through challenges in “Broken”, reads “The Writing on the Wall” against an acoustic guitar strum groove, and looks for new ways to thank love in his life with “I Wanna Be with You”.
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