Batdorf & Rodney

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6 reviews for Batdorf & Rodney

  1. Area D Dave

    I have been listening to Batdorf & Rodney for over 30+ years- their music, lyrics, and guitar always seem to bring me to tears….so beautiful! Simply the best……(heavy sigh….) 🙂

    • John Batdorf

      Thanks for the kind words!

  2. Keith G

    I have to agree. So magical. I just finished listening to “Can You See Him” again and its hard to explain how it seems to light my brain on fire and send shivers of pleasure through me. I sent the link to the song to my daughter. I just can’t imagine anyone not having the pleasure of experiencing this.

    • John Batdorf

      Music can be pure magic. I am so glad the song still affects you in that special way!

  3. Barry Rosen

    “Home Again” from the first Batdorf & Rodney album has been one of my all time favorite songs. That was nearly 50 years ago and it’s still great! Thanks, John!

    • John Batdorf

      Thanks Barry. One thing however, Off The Shelf was our first album in 1971 and this album was released in 1972. Glad you found yourself Home Again!

  4. Kyle B

    I cannot remember the exact year that I saw Batdorf and Rodney, but I think it was 1973 at the Civic Center in Salem, VA. I had never heard of them before – they were the backup band – but they left a huge impression on me. Remember, I had never seen them before, but I remember distinctly the last song they played was Let Me Go. I could not get that beautiful intro and Mark’s melody on the interlude out of my mind. My local record shop did not have Off The Shelf, so I bought their second “Batdorf and Rodney” album. I had never heard acoustic guitars played, produced, or recorded that way – ever. I loved electric music of the era…but THIS WAS DIFFERENT. (Don’t get me started on the string arrangements!) I was hooked…and I’ve been hooked for 46 years. When I want to bask in the feeling of clean, clear, positive, complex, harmonious, well recorded, well performed music John and Mark’s music is on my short list.

  5. Bob Knight

    This was a seminal album for my musical partner and I. We were a Southern California acoustic duo, and sought out music from you guys, Seals and Crofts, Cecilio and Kapono, Loggins and Messina. In many ways, your music was the “best and the brightest,” and was SO acoustic guitar driven that we just wanted to listen (and play it) all the time. Thank you for all the great music.

    We are now going into our 50th year, and have recorded (just for our own legacies) a collection of our favorite music, which includes a cover of “Between the Ages.” The string arrangement on that tune easily drives us both to tears, and there’s no way we can replicate that. But one thing has always made us curious: “string arrangement on Batdorf and Rodney “Between the Ages: Jimme” Who the heck is “Jimmie?

    Thanks for reading. Best to you always!

    • John Batdorf

      Thank you so much for the note. I do appreciate the recognition. Jimmie Haskell was one of the top arrangers of the time. He also worked on Ode To Billy Joe and Bridge Over Troubled Waters to Name a few. The work he did on our second album was stellar. I was there when the strings went down and it filled me with such emotion. Unfortunately he passed away a few years back. He was a fine gentleman and a legend in the music world.

  6. Warren Tanner

    Hi John, I’m nobody in particular, just a fan 🙂 I’m 65 now. As soon as I heard you guys on the radio (if I have the timeline correct, I was 17) I called everywhere, found your first album and couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Not to get too weird on you but, Can You See Him helped me along on my journey to faith in Christ a couple of years later. I was saved (born-again), went to Bible College, and entered the ministry for all these years since. I don’t know if Can You See Him was meant to intentionally put out what I personally got from it, but it did and I’m grateful. Just played some of your songs, again, for two of my sons. I sent my youngest son (not so young anymore) a couple of songs off of YouTube. One of my sons still remembered the words and the guitar playing as he sang along. Your music never gets old and is dateless. I have been grateful to you two for many, many, years. Thanks so much, Warren

    • John Batdorf

      Thanks so much for the note. I am doing a Facebook live concert today at 3 Pacific.

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