A Word from John...
They say the fastest way from point A to point B is a straight line. That fact can't be disputed, but is fast always best? Point A for me was in late 1970 when I signed my first record deal with Atlantic Records. Mark Rodney and I auditioned at the Beverly Hills Hotel for the now late Ahmet Ertegun, president of the label. I will always be indebted to Ahmet. He was a great music man and just a cool guy to be around. He produced "Off The Shelf" in Mussel Shoals, Alabama and released the album in 1971. That was it! I was on my way.....or so I thought. We went on to make two more albums but only with moderate success. Mark and I always had a huge cult following but the sales never quite measured up. Eventually the spark was gone, and so was Batdorf and Rodney. I never stopped doing some kind of music, as my bio reads, but the Batdorf and Rodney era was clearly over with and it was time to do other things.
Close to thirty years after the break-up, I got an e-mail from someone who asked me if I would do a house concert for him and some of his friends and family. Seems I played at his high school back in the seventies and must have made quite an impression. The first two Batdorf and Rodney records had just been re-released on CD and I finally got a chance to revisit that magical time. I explained that I hadn't played those songs in close to thirty years but if he gave me a month, I would do it. As nervous as I was, I did the show and suddenly realized just how great it was to perform again. Soon after that show, I was approached by James Lee Stanley about doing a CD with him covering old Stones songs acoustically and it came out really great. The CD "All Wood and Stones" was well received and I decided to record an EP of solo songs, "Side One", just to have something new in hand. I was excited to do something new although it was so early, I wasn't quite sure who I was as a solo act. James and I toured the the "All Wood and Stones" CD for about a year and suddenly, new songs began to emerge. This was clearly the result of the reactions I got at shows when I played my solos on the Stones songs and played some old B&R songs. People got into it and I was inspired to do a really great new piece of work. At many of the shows, people would request "Home Again" and I just said that I couldn't do it as a solo but I soon realized that I was wrong.
I came up with a new arrangement and started playing it live and people loved it. I started thinking that it would be a good idea to record a few of the old songs rearranged in an interesting way and that the new songs would fit nicely between the old. I started laying down the acoustic guitar tracks and the album was being born. As I proceeded I got the idea to ask Mark if he would like to join me after thirty years and play on the new album which he did and we had a ball. After eight months, the album is done and it really feels like the Batdorf and Rodney album that was never made. This CD, "Home Again", is loaded with great vocals and slamming acoustic guitars. I clearly have arrived at point B. It took awhile to get here and the path was anything but straight, but I would not have had it any other way.
I am finally...... "Home Again".
The Making Of All Wood And Stones II
In 2004, James Lee Stanley and myself got together and recorded our first CD together, All Wood And Stones. The CD was released in the fall of that year and much to our surprise, became an instant radio hit for us.
This was going to be a one time thing and James and I would go back to doing what we did before the project was begun. We never never going to be an act, let alone a touring act but one thing led to another and by popular demand, off on the road we went.
Flash forward 8 years and lo and behold after 8 years of touring this CD, we decided to give it another try. We just didn't know what music direction to take. We kicked around doing California Gold, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, even a tribute to the great Motown hits but nothing seemed seemed to be right.
I was sitting with James in his studio and I said, "Hey, what about doing the Stones again?" James said, "Wow, I just got chills, let's do it!"
We worked so hard to find 11 songs that worked acoustically on the first CD, that it would be impossible to find another half dozen more that would work but we were wrong. There was a difference this time.
When we did the first CD, we just got together and worked on arrangements and recorded them. After touring off and on for 8 years, something had changed. There was a different synergy when we worked out arrangements for the new songs.
We weren't afraid to be more aggressive and even used drums on this CD where the first CD only had percussion and light at that. We chose raunchier songs like Honky Tonk Women, Jumpin' Jack Flash and they worked great.
The funny thing is, we tried those songs for the first CD but I just don't think we were ready for the challenge, but after eight years of playing together, these songs came easy. The CD is a natural progression from the first more laid back All Wood and Stones.
Unlike the first CD, where we made the decision to use several celebrity artists including Timothy B. Schmidt and Peter Tork to name a few, we only used a drummer Tom Walsh and two bass players, Bill Batstone and Chad Watson.
We were very confident in being able to accomplish what we wanted with just the two of us and the rhythm section mentioned above. We also recorded the CD differently. The first CD was recorded mostly at James' studio.
This time, once we had the arrangements, we recorded our individual basic guitar parts and lead vocals at our own studios to save time. Once we had the guitars and lead vocals done, we decided to record and mix everything else at my studio. I bought a great new Pearlman Microphone for this project and once James and I worked out the harmonies we decided to try something new.
We opened the mic up and sang our individual parts at the same time which really forces you sing your part great. Unlike recording your parts which can be doctored to work, this technique brought a whole new energy to the background vocals which was really great.
Both James and I really stretched our talents to new heights. I believe we sang and played better than we have ever done before. So in a nutshell, in our opinion, this is the best album either one of us has ever done and we think you will too!
John Batdorf & James Lee Stanley
Singing With Adele On The Oscars!
All Wood and Stones "Play With Fire" AWAS II_ Pre-Order
We are proud to announce the next installment of our All Wood and Stones music series.
We wanted to do something different for all of you who have been so very supportive of our efforts and we came up with an idea that brings you into the process with us, as the music unfolds.
We are offering a presale of All Wood and Stones, Play With Fire, which will include not only a signed copy of the CD but also a download link of the entire CD as soon as it is mastered and months before it is officially released to the unsuspecting public.
Thank you for supporting independent music.
John Batdorf & James Lee Stanley
In a continued effort to raise funds for Soundtrax2Recovery, I now have a pre-buy/donation page available to anyone that would like to help get this project off the ground. You can read more on the link below and thanks for the support!
Please check out the link below and please support this worthy cause.
TRAVELING THROUGH" FEATURING JOHN BATDORF! April 29. 2012
We are proud to announce that the Video Pick of the Week is our newest episode of our music/interview series, "Traveling Through" featuring the enduring talents of singer songwriter,
JOHN BATDORF (formerly of Batdorf and Rodney).
John visited us on April 29th at the end of a three week national tour as he was "TraveLIng Through" Long Island.
March 7, 2012 Radio Airplay For "One Last Wish" Thank You All
FOLK SCENE W. HILLS CA
FOLK ALLEYSARANAC LAKE NY
KAOS OLYMPIA WA
KAXE GRAND RAPIDS MN
KBOO PORTLAND OR
KDHX ST. LOUIS MO
KDNK CARBONDALE CO
KKCR HANALEI HI
KKFI KANSAS CITY MO
KMUD REDWAY CA
KNBA ANCHORAGE AK
KOPN COLUMBIA MO
KOTO TELLURIDE CO
KPFT HOUSTON TX
KPOV BEND OR
KRCB SANTA ROSA CA
KRCL SALT LAKE CITY UT
KRVM EUGENE OR
KRVS LAFAYETTE LA
KSER EVERETT WA
KUMD DULUTH MN
KUNI CEDAR FALLS IA
KVMR NEVADA CITY CA
KVNF PAONIA CO
KXCI TUSCON AZ
KZMU MOAB UT
Radio UnerhDö-3rt5 0M3a7r Mbuarrgburg Germany
WAER SYRACUSE NY
WALW MOULTON AL
WBSD BURLINGTON WI
WDIY BETHLEHEM PA
WDVR SARGENTSVILLE NJ
WEFT CHAMPAIGN IL
WERS BOSTON MA
WERU E.ORLAND ME
WESU MIDDLETOWN CT
WETS JOHNSON CITY TN
WFDU TEANECK NJ
WFHB BLOOMINGTON IN
WHAY WHITLEY CITY KY
WHFC BEL AIR MD
WHFR DEARBORN MI
WHRV NORFOLK VA
WJFF JEFFERSONVILLE NY
WMKY MOREHEAD KY
WMNF TAMPA FL
WMSR AUBURN AL
WOJB HAYWARD WI
WOUB ATHENS OH
WPKN BRIDGEPORT CT
WQBR McCELHANTTAN PA
WRRW WILLIAMSBURG VA
WRUR ROCHESTER NY
WRUW CLEVELAND OH
WTCC SPRINGFIELD MA
KMSU 89.7 FM Mankato, MN 56001
WUNC CHAPEL HILL NC
WUWM MILWAUKEE WI
WVIA PITTSTON PA
WWUH WEST HARTFORD CT
WYSO YELLOW SPRINGS OH
KC Café Radio KC
Several Live 365 Streaming Stations
One Last Blast!
Well the time is finally here! I will be mastering 11 of the 12 songs on Tuesday. The 12th song, “Forgotten” is a very emotional song shared through the eyes of someone stricken by Alzheimer’s disease. It is very effective as just an acoustic guitar vocal but I think I need to go the extra mile on this one. Next week, there will be a small orchestral arrangement recorded and I felt this was worth waiting for. This will just delay the CD a week or two. I just now gave the “head phone” listen to the entire record and I must say, I got very emotional just being able to hear a year’s worth of work and feeling it was the very best I could do, not to mention I think it sounds frickin’ great! I want to thank all of you who have been so supportive helping make this become a reality. At 59, I don’t know how many more years the fires will burn inside of me, but I am so happy that I was able to write and record such a satisfying piece of work. If you haven’t pre-bought the CD yet, this will be your last chance to be rewarded for your support. I am sending every pre-buyer the entire album as a download weeks before the CD will be ready. I can’t wait to get your reaction after your first listen!
One Last Wish Is Nearly Mixed
Thanks so much for the support!
"One Last Wish" is Almost Done
just about done. It has been quite a year full of surprises. As many of you already
know, I had a major voice issue starting last October, and I am just now feeling
like I am most of the way back; thank God! Scary, not being able to do the thing I
have loved all my life. The down time did allow me to concentrate on writing, and
write I did. I am very proud of this collection of songs and can’t wait to share them
This year was filled with sadness as well as joyous news. A dear friend of mine,
David Schoolman, passed away. I had known him since I first came to California
in the late 60s. He was always a great friend and supporter of my career and I will
miss him. It was a year that unfortunately brought cancer to friends and family,
as well as Alzheimer’s disease. It also brought news of a first grandchild from my
son Brett and his significant other, Lilly Gonzales. It also brought news of my son
Matthew’s wedding plans with Danielle Warburton. I know this all sounds a bit
like those holiday letters we all hate, but I only reference them because all that has
happened in this year is reflected in the songs. This CD is completely different
from Old Man Dreamin’ but so is my life!
The new CD has some great singers and players on it and I’d like to mention who
has participated so far: Dan Navarro, Bill Batstone, James Lee Stanley, Brett and
Matthew Batdorf, Steve Smith and Stephen Smith, Michael Dowdle, Tom Walsh,
Chad Watson, Mark Brown and there is more to come. My old buddy Jimmie
Haskell, one of the most famous arrangers in the world, is writing a cello part
for the song ‘Forgotten’. Jimmie worked on the second Batdorf and Rodney CD
and wrote fantastic string arrangements for ‘Happy Town’, ‘Between The Ages,’
and ‘Let Me Live The Life’. I am truly honored by his willingness to participate,
and the same goes for all of the above mentioned talent. I just wrote a new
song, ‘Don’t Give Up On Dreams’, that I will record this week and while it was
unplanned, it is a perfect fit for this CD. I also want to thank the supporters who
have pre-bought the CD so that I can do the best job I can do to make this my best
record ever. There is more stuff to record and I am still trying to raise money to
help finish this CD. You can participate by clicking on the link below. I also want
to thank Russ Paris for helping with the website, and Jeanette Lundgren for doing
all she does.
It won’t be long now!
The New CD Is Really Coming Together
Thanks so much for the support!
My latest CD is in the works. You can help make it happen!
Please send your pre-order contributions via PayPal (https://www.paypal.com/) and use firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much!
"I Like It Better Here - Music From Home"
For the new album "I Like It Better Here - Music From Home", several key figures from the U.S. Westcoast scene in the 70's, join forces to celebrate the joy and magic ofhome.
The songs touches a wide pallet of subjects - From "a sense of home" to "afraid to go home", from "longing for home"to "time to go home", and from "feels like coming home" to"the places the devil calls home".
Just like Plato said in 'Allegory Of The Cave'; "When the two lovers are finally stripped, even of physical fire, humbling them to the realization that the love that binds them together is not merely romantic - It is elemental and inevitable. It is home."
Opening the album, with a live version of the title-track from his latest album, Joel Rafael gets some help from David Crosby and Graham Nash.
Songwriter Jack Tempchin (Eagles, Glenn Frey) co-wrote his contribution with Bobby Whitlock(Derek & The Dominoes).
Singer-songwriter Jeff Larson recruits his old pal Gerry Beckley (America) for assistance on production, percussion and back-up vocals.
Session-musican and songwriter Vince Melamed (Eagles, JD Souther, Dan Fogelberg) offers up an unreleased gem he nearly forgot about.
Anthony Crawford, who has worked with Neil Young, off and on, for more than 25 years, is half of new duo Sugarcane Jane.
Italian artist Francesco Lucarelli gets some serious assistance from Graham Nash and legendary producer Stephen Barncard.
Jackson Browne's mentor, Greg Copeland, contributes an unreleased gem from his latest, acclaimed album, "Diana & James".
Steve Noonan sings about his time in New York City in the 60's, spent with Jackson Browne, Greg Copeland andAdam Saylor.
Nashville singer-songwriter Keith Miles is joined by Jack Sundrud (Poco) and production wizard Bill Halverson.
Bob Cheevers gets three original members of Bread to join him for his contribution.
Reformed duo Batdorf & Rodney contributes a wonderful live version of "Home Again" recorded at Sirius XM Radio.
Closing (?) the set is Jackson Browne with a heartfelt rendition, recorded live, of his seasonal anthem "The Rebel Jesus".
FULL TRACK-LISTING :
01. JOEL RAFAEL – THIS IS MY COUNTRY (LIVE)
02. JACK TEMPCHIN – MAKING MYSELF AT HOME
03. CITIZEN K – A PLACE TO CALL YOUR OWN
04. AMY RAASCH – WHEN THE CAVE GOES DARK
05. JEFF LARSON – THIS MORNING IN AMSTERDAM
06. VINCE MELAMED – FEELS LIKE COMING HOME
07. SUGARCANE JANE – HOME NIGHTS
08. FRANCESCO LUCARELLI – MR SUNSHINE (ALT MIX)
09. GREG COPELAND – 27 RED HOUSE RD
10. STEVE NOONAN – GOIN’ HOME
11. KEITH MILES – THE PLACES THE DEVIL CALLS HOME
12. BOB CHEEVERS – IF THIS OLD HOUSE COULD TALK
13. STEVE POSTELL – FOLLOW ME HOME
14. ROBBIN THOMPSON – I’M ALL IN
15. MIKAEL PERSSON – HOME SWEET HOME
16. BATDORF & RODNEY – HOME AGAIN (LIVE ON AIR)
17. JACKSON BROWNE – THE REBEL JESUS (LIVE)
Old Man Dreamin' Reaches #1 Status on Roots Rock Charts!
TW LW Artist CD Title Label Location
1 2 JOHN BATDORF OLD MAN DREAMIN' BAT MAC CA
2 3 MICHAEL MACRI' I CAN'T DRINK WITH YOU SELF AUSTRALIA
3 4 GREAT AMERICAN TAXI RECKLESS HABITS N/A CO
4 1 JOHN HIATT OPEN ROAD NEW WEST US
5 5 JEREMY SERWER FM
6 7 DEBORAH CROOKS IT'S ALL UP TO YOU
7 6 REBECCA LOEBE MYSTERY PRIZE SELF GA
8 8 WANDA JACKSON I REMEMBER ELVIS GOLDENLANE OK
9 14 EDWIN MCCAIN THE BEST OF EDWIN MCCAIN SAGUARO ROAD
10 15 K.D.LANG RECOLLECTION NONESUCH RECORDS CANADA
11 16 JEFF BECK EMOTION & COMMOTION ATCO UK
12 22 MARTIN SEXTON SUGARCOATING KITCHEN TABLE
13 13 DAVID BYRNE HERE LIES LOVE NONESUCH NY
14 17 JASON EADY WHEN THE MONEY'S ALL GONE SMITH ENTERTAINMENT MS
15 10 DAVE ALVIN AND THE GUILTY WOMEN YEP ROC CA
16 12 JOHN FOGERTY RIDES AGAIN VERVE CA
17 19 JOHNNY RIVERS THE AMERICAN DREAM (SINGLE)SOUL CITY ENTERTAINMENT LA
18 11 NED VAN GO HEARTBROKE CITY SELF TN
19 9 ANDREA HARSELL ROCK & ROLL LOVE CHILD SELF MT
20 21 SID GRIFFIN AURORA SAMPLER VOL 1 AURORA UNITED KINGDOM
21 0 KATIE HUMBLE AURORA SAMPLER VOL 1 AURORA UNITED KINGDOM
22 18 JAMES MCMURTRY LIVE IN EUROPE LIGHTNING ROD TX
23 23 LOS SUPER SEVEN HEARD IT ON THE X TELARC CA
24 24 HAYES CARLL LITTLE ROCK HIGHWAY 87 AR
25 25 THE BELIEVERS CRASHYERTOWN BONA FIDE
26 26 ERICSON HOLT THE BLUE SIDE WATERMAN TN
27 27 LAST TRAIN HOME BOUND AWAY BLUEBUFFALO DC
28 28 RYAN ADAMS AND THE CARDINALS COLD ROSES LOST HIGHWAY NC
29 29 JACK JOHNSON IN BETWEEN DREAMS BRUSH FIRE HI
30 30 PETE BERWICK AIN'T NO TRAIN OUTTA NASHVILLE SHOTGUN IL
31 31 MOBY GRAPE LISTEN MY FRIENDS - THE BEST OF MOBY GRAPE COLUMBIA / LEGACY
32 32 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN DEVILS AND DUST COLUMBIA
33 33 RAY DARWIN BEST REGGAE HITS 2007 DASVIBES PRODUCTION JAMAICA
34 34 SARAH BORGES & THE BROKEN SINGLES DIAMONDS IN THE DARK SUGAR HILL MA
35 35 WILCO SKY BLUE SKY NONESUCH IL
36 36 STEPHEN KELLOGG AND THE SIXERS STEPHEN KELLOGG AND THE SIXERS UNIVERSAL ND
37 37 MOFRO LOCHLOSSA FOG WORLD FL
38 38 MIKE DOUGHTY HAUGHTY MELODIC ATO MN
39 39 CINDY BULLENS DREAM 29 BLUE LOBSTER MA
40 40 PETER CASE WHOS GONNA GO YOUR CROOKED MILE VANGUARD
41 41 DOORS LIVE IN BOSTON RHINO
42 42 TRAVELING WILBURYS TRAVELING WILBURYS COLLECTION RHINO
43 43 NRBQ PEEK-A-BOO, THE BEST OF NRBQ RHINO
44 44 VARIOUS ARTIST FROM CLARKSDALE TO HEAVEN EAGLE
45 45 FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS COLLECTION DISKY TX
46 46 THE GOURDS NOBLE CREATURES YEP ROC
47 47 MICHAEL PENN MR. HOLLYWOOD, JR. 1947 LEGACY CA
48 48 YARDBIRDS BIRDLAND FAVORED NATIONS UNITED KINGDOM
49 49 GRAHAM PARKER &THE FIGGS LIVE IN CHICAGO BLOODSHOT
50 50 BAND OF BEES OCTOPUS ASTRALWERKS
For the Week of May 04, 2010
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US/Canadian Radio Stations Currently Playing "Old Man Dreamin'"_ Updated As of 5/5/10 New Adds in Bold
AB EDMONTON CANADA CKUA
AL AUBURN WMSR
AZ TUSCON KXCI
CA BERKELEY KALX
CA W. HILLS FOLK
CA NORTHRIDGE KCSN
CA REDWAY KMUD
CA SAN LUIS OBISPO KCBX FM 90
CA NEVADA CITY KVMR
CA POINT REYES KWMR
CO FT. COLLINS KRFC
CO TELLURIDE KOTO
CO CRESTED BUTTE KBUT
CO CARBONDALE KDNK
CO PAONIA KVNF
CT MIDDLETOWN WESU
CT BRIDGEPORT WPKN
CT WEST HARTFORD WWUH
FL TAMPA WMNF
FL MELBOURNE WFIT
HI HANALEI KKCR
IA DECORAH KDEC
IA CEDAR FALLS KUNI
IL CHAMPAIGN WEFT
IN GOSHEN WGCS
KY WHITEBURG WMMT
KY WHITLEY CITY
KY MOORHEAD WMKY
MA BOSTON WUMB
MD BEL AIR WHFC
ME E.ORLAND WERU
MI EAST LANSING WDBM
MN GRAND RAPIDS KAXE
MN THIEF RIVER FALLS KSRQ
MN MINNEAPOLIS KFAI
MO KANSAS CITY
KC CAFE MO ST. CHARLES KCLC
MO PARK HILLS KDBB
MO ST. LOUIS KDHX
MO KANSAS CITY KKFI
MO COLUMBIA KOPN
MS MISSISSIPPI STATE WMSV
NC New Bern PRE
NC DALLAS WSGE
NJ SARGENTSVILLE WDVR
NJ HACKETTSTOWN WNTI
NJ TEANECK WFDU
NY SYRACUSE WAER
NY JEFFERSONVILLE WJFF
OH ATHENS WOUB
OH CLEVELAND WRUW
OH YELLOW SPRINGS WYSO
ON OTTAWA CANADA CKCU
OR EUGENE KRVM
OR ASHLAND KSMF
PA BETHLEHEM WDIY
PA SHIPPENSBURG WSYC
PA PITTSTON WVIA
TN CHATTANOOGA WUTC
TN JOHNSON CITY WETS
TN KNOXVILLE WDVX
TX FREDERICKSBURG KFAN
TX HOUSTON KPFT
Ut CEDAR CITY KSUU Power 91
UT SALT LAKE CITY KRCL
UT MOAB KZMU
VA ROANOKE WVTF
VA VERONA RadioFreeAmericana.com
VA NORFOLK WHRV
VA VIRGINIA BEACH WRRW
VT BRIDPORT WMUD
WA OLYMPIA KAOS
WA EVERETT KSER
WI BURLINGTON WBSD
Wi MILWAUKEE WORJ
WI HAYWARD WOJB
WI RHINELANDER WXPR
WHOLE WHEAT RADIO
"It´s A Long Way From Heaven"
2009 is rapidly coming to a close and what a trying year it has
been for many of us. It’s truly amazing how things could
change so quickly. The security that took us years to attain,
once thought was safe, has all but vanished. We will survive
but it will take a while to recover, and music is a powerful
healer. Listening to music has pulled me through some rough
times in the past, thank you Beatles, CSN, Peter Gabriel and
so many more. The changing world supplied plenty of
inspiration for my “Old Man Dreamin’” CD, which so many
of you so generously helped me become a reality. I thank you
again. The CD has gotten off to a great start with lots of
airplay in many countries and as of January 2010, I am
starting a US and European radio promotion. I am convinced
that if heard, this record speaks to the masses. The only way I
can prove my point is by re-investing in the project.
Everything is in place including the four fantastic music
videos that Michael McLean made happen. Not only is he a
great writer, but an even greater friend. We may be a little
long in the tooth, but we “still got game”! I am looking
forward to the mighty challenge of surviving another year in
this ever-changing music business I have chosen to be a part
of. Wow, this marks my fourth decade now. It’s a good thing I
started so young! I wish everyone a very happy and
prosperous New Year. Onward and upward………
Old Man Dreamin' Is Finally A Reality!
It’s taken almost one year to date, but my new solo CD, Old Man Dreamin’ is now released to the world. I hope that all of you enjoy listening to it as I did creating it.
I would like to acknowledge and thank all of the folks who so generously donated their time, talent and money in support of the making this solo a reality:
James Lee Stanley
Mother Hen Promotions
Russ & Julie Paris
John & Donna McTernan
Jennifer & Jim Weiss
Paul H Mannes
Charlette & Phil Fuggetta
Richard & Betty Stewart
W. Scott Nienkamp
Donna (Gen) Baker
Michael & Barbara Pisani
Old Man Dreamin' To Be Officially Released June 11th!
My new solo CD, Old Man Dreamin' is done and will be off to manufacturing as soon as Wednesday. It all started last May, June and July when I went on a writing spree. I started recording the CD last November and finished the last mix last Tuesday, May 5th. I have listed the credits and song titles below and will have the CD available for pre-sale as soon as the artwork is done and I can post it on my site. I want to thank all the incredible talent and the supporters who helped this project happen. I really hope all of you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed creating it!
Produced and Arranged: John Batdorf
Lead and BG Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Bass, Piano and Percussion: John Batdorf
All songs: John Batdorf/BatMac Music BMI_Michael McLean/Shining Star Music ASCAP
Additional Vocals: Dan Navarro, Harry Stinson, George Merrill, Bill Batstone, Gary Falcone, Lily Wilson, Andrea Robinson, Matt Batdorf, Michael McLean, James Lee Stanley, Steve Bauman
Accordion: Phil Parlapiano
Electric Guitars: Kevin Dukes, James Harrah, Michael Dowdle
Additional Acoustic: Michael Dowdle
Mandolin: Michael Dowdle, Fred Sokolo, Luke Halpin
Dobro and Banjo: Fred Sokolo
Fiddle: Luke Halpin
Lap and Pedal Steel: Greg Leisz
Bass: Mark Browne and Bill Batstone
Drums and Percussion: Tom Walsh
Engineered: John Batdorf and David Appelt
Mixed: David Appelt
Mastered: Ron McMaster at Capitol Records Mastering
Photos: Bob Kivi
CD Art Design: Bob Kivi and Nickie Stoica
What D’Ya Got
Love: All I Really Know About It
That Don’t Seem Right To Me
I Fall To Pieces
Will I Love You Forever
Old Man Dreamin’
I Thought I’d Try A Love Song
Ain’t No Way
Don’t Tell Me Goodbye
I Will Rise
Batdorf CD Update
The CD is progressing nicely. I am now in the "add drums" part of the process. Tom Walsh will be providing that instrument. I am still waiting for two singers that are sick to sing backgrounds on the CD. All the acoustic guitars are done and so are my vocals. Bill Batstone, Andrea Robinson, Matt Batdorf, George Merrill, and Lily Wilson are all singing or will be singing soon. Phil Parlapiano played accordion, Mark Browne and Bill Batstone played bass, and Michael Dowdle has added electric, acoustic guitars and mandolin. I have some dobro and a few other instrumental overdubs to do and that will be that.
For those who have been so generous to support, I have just sent them an mp3 comp of the earliest demo of three new songs with me just throwing out random lyrics mixed with melodic "do dos" for reference. That demo cross fades about half way through right into the latest version of the song which still isn't mixed or finished but I thought that this might show how the song writing/producing process goes. This is a part of the making of a CD that very few people that aren’t directly nvolved rarely hear. I hope you enjoy this. It’s something I have shared with only a few before! It’s kind of like seeing someone who has always looked great in the past, and now you are getting your first glimpse of them with bad morning hair and before make up!
We are still trying to raise additional funds and I again want to personally thank those of you who already have supported this project!
Old Man Dreamin' In A Young Mans' World
My new solo CD, “Old Man Dreamin’ in a Young Mans’ World” is weeks away from being "mix ready" and I need some help. The state of the economy forced me to be creative and I have asked supporters of my music to help financially in the making of this CD. The troops have rallied behind the idea and several have jumped in and contributed but I am still well short of my goal. I really felt funny about asking and last year did try to get a government grant but music doesn’t appear to be high on the governments' priority list and I was turned down. I figured that if all the fans who were going to buy my new CD after it was released, paid in advance and threw in whatever extra monies they could afford, I could make this CD the way it should be made. I had a few choices. 1. Not make the CD at all. 2. Make a cheaply produced scaled down CD or........ 3. Ask for help. I was just on a weekend road trip to Phoenix and my brother-in-law Steve was with me and we filled up the time listening to the “work mixes” of my CD and also enjoyed listening to CDs by Lowen and Navarro, Berkley Hart. As we were listening I thought, this independent music must get made otherwise all we have is what the big guys want us to hear. I come from the era where there was so much new and exciting music released that probably wouldn’t see the light of day in todays’ market! I am still well short of my goal and if anyone reading this would be kind enough to help out, please click on the link below. I am so certain that once you hear the finished product you will be thrilled, but if by chance you are not, I will refund every dollar that you contributed.
Thanks for the years of continued support!
"Still Burnin´" The new CD from John Batdorf and Mark Rodney Coming Mid April
It was while I was out on the road with James Lee Stanley last summer that I stopped by the XM Studios and had lunch with Mike Marrone, Jerry Rubino, and George Taylor Morris. James and I wanted to thank them again for the incredible support of our CD,"All Wood And Stones". Mike, who is a true Batdorf and Rodney fan, asked how the shows were going with Mark and I told him about how much fun we were having and the next thing you know, we were booked to do a Loft Session at XM Studios in November 16, 2007. The music gods at this point were really smiling down on us and Mark, Bill Batstone and myself recorded an hour of music and stories that was, (and I don´t know any other way of saying this) simply magical! XM was nice enough to give me the whole raw session so that I could mix it the way I wanted and release it as a new live CD. During the editing and mixing I tried to capture the sounds and the feelings of the early albums and the result truly makes me smile. My only regret is that we didn´t get to go for another hour! In addition to the live performances, the CD contains two brand new songs, "Summer of Love" and "Four Days Runnin´" recorded here in L.A.. I am very excited about this project and my hope is that everyone who listens to it will be taken right back to the first time they heard these songs and smile as much as I did.
Batdorf and Rodney Live on XM Radio
(check your local time listings!)
Batdorf and Rodney / Live At XM Radio
XM Radio_The Loft_XM 50
John Batdorf, Mark Rodney and Bill Batstone --
The Batdorf & Rodney Loft Session
will premiere on Monday
February 11th @ 12Noon (eastern).
It will encore on the following days and times (eastern):
Monday 2/11 @ 9pm
Thursday 2/14 @ 3pm & 9pm
Friday 2/15 @ 4am
Saturday 2/16 @ 7pm
Please check the show time for your time zone.
XM Radio offers a free 1 week trial online so anyone with a computer!
Batdorf and Rodney at XM Radio
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.
What the Fans Are Saying About HOME AGAIN
Reviewer: The Soft Needle (University Heights, Ohio)
This is a really a terrific CD from John Batdorf. It's deep, features two of his most memorable B & R songs in "Home Again" and "Ain't It Like Home" and just resonates with the beauty and the magic he first shared with us over 30 years ago. And, after 30+ years of waiting, we had the great pleasure of seeing him in Kent, Ohio for a solo show. He was superb. This CD is really the essence of what make John so much fun to listen to and take in. The acoustic guitar is memorable and distinctive. His voice is clear, harmonies are beautiful, and the lyrics are either loving or biting, depending on what the song's message is. And when I say "deep", the songs are strong throughout. Few throw-aways here, and there shouldn't be, because Mr. Batdorf hasn't been nearly as consistent with his CD releases as we'd like him to be. Know that his Batdorf and McLean CDs are excellent, but this one is really a return to the feel of Batdorf & Rodney, while giving us the full measure of just what a strong and gifted artist John is. Thanks, John, for reminding us how great it is to hear your brand of acoustic folk or acoustic rock, depending on your mood. Now, if you could just see your way to give us a remake of "Can You See Him," I could go to heaven fulfilled.
Reviewer: Cassidy - from Amazon.com. Cross-posted to CD-Baby
Home Again: Every Song Is Worth It, March 23, 2007
This is one of the best, most cohesive albums I've heard in a long time. The lyrics and melodies are equally strong, and I was pleased to see that it held up to the praise I'd heard. The acoustic introduction to "Home Again" is a wonderful beginning, and the clarity on John's vocal here is admirable. It makes the song believable. It's not often that one feels this way in life, and it's great to hear it expressed in song. My favorite line from "Home Again" is: "Now I'm sought instead of chasing."
"Me and You" is a nice nod to groups like Buffalo Springfield from the mid-'60s. I still can't get over how much John sounds like Graham Nash. I see a lot of CSN parallels in this album.
"I Don't Always Win" has incredible lyrics that keep a balance between honesty and hope. I think of those I know who have dealt with addiction, and in my opinion, John captured this feeling quite well.
The simple acoustic feel of "Ain't It Like Home" is something I don't hear very often anymore, and it's a brilliant vocal and a nice precursor to "Home Again" (even if the other was written first). "Ain't It Like Home" is still looking for home, and the latter has found it.
I absolutely love the lyrics to "Solitude". There are people who constantly miss chances, overwhelmed by stimuli and the demands placed upon them. And sometimes they have a lot of trouble escaping that mindset, even though they wish they could do something about it.
"I Never Wanted" is another one of my favorites. This is a theme often seen in life, but not usually expressed this well in song. There are more striking lyrics here: "I said I never wanted love / But love is the only thing I need."
For someone who didn't want to write an angry song, John and Michael McLean did a fantastic job. The guitar on the chorus of "Can't Be Trusted" especially stands out.
Another favorite of mine is "Something is Slipping Away". I'm fonder of earlier decades than my own, and there's another great lyric here: "And the greatest prize before our eyes / Is given to those who can take without having to give." It's ironic but true. This song has a wonderful melody, too.
"One Night Stands" is really a very clever lyric, and I have to agree with Michael McLean: this *is* the one that gets stuck in my head the most. I'd love to hear this live; I'll bet it draws a real crowd response.
"Where Are You Now?" reminds me a little of the Blue Jays' (Justin Hayward/John Lodge) "Who Are You Now" because they touch on the same theme. Since much of "Home Again" looks back at the past, it makes sense to close with this one.
What really struck me about this album is that I enjoy every single song on it. Not one is filler. I haven't heard all of John's music yet, but I'd have to say that this is my favorite so far.
Reviewer: David Porter (Tucson) -- February 14th. 2007 -- from Amazon.com
When I got this a couple weeks ago I immediately listened to it twice--it's that good. I've been a fan since the early '70s and used to play some B&R songs. The song writing is strong. The melodies are carefully worked out. This is a beautiful album. If you're in any way familiar with Batdorf songs or Batdorf and Rodney albums, you'll love this stuff. This record is a consistent pleasure to listen to. A couple old songs get a new treatment and sound thoroughly fresh. Don't miss this one.
Best music by John Batdorf ever, February 11, 2007
Mark Klaesener (St.. Peters, Missouri) - From Amazon.com
Home Again by John Batdorf is by far the best music John has put out solo or with Batdorf & Rodney. The remake of Home Again as the title song will knock your socks off. And it was nice to hear Mark Rodney play on the song too, I didn't think they could remake the song better but John & Mark blew the old version away and I did not think that was possible. The whole CD is packed with great songs, This is John's best work ever and once you listen to it you will not put it away. It's been in my car CD player since I bought it and still enjoying it now. John is touring right now if you get the chance to see him live don't pass it up you will regret it later.
Welcome back, Batdorf & Rodney, February 7, 2007
Reviewer: Jun Yamaya "j-boy" (Tokyo, Japan) - from Amazon.com
This is the first full-length solo album from John Batdorf, one half of the 70's folk-rock duo Batdorf & Rodney and a member of Silver. He has been making great music all throughout the years, but this is by far his best. Pleasant surprise is the appearance of Mark Rodney on two songs, for the first time in 30 years since B&R called it quits. Both of these songs (Home Again and Where Are You Now) are re-recordings of old B&R songs but they are a lot better. Just listen to the firing acoustic groove of Home Again! Amazing these guys out-shined themselves after such a long hiatus.
These B&R songs are naturally the high points of the album but the rest (including another old B&R song, Ain't It like Home) is just as good and enjoyable acoustic music. You won't be disappointed.
February 3rd, 2007
Welcome back! Song 1 is of course better than ever, 3,5,6,7,&10 are equally vintage B & R. Attached is a picture of my D-35 with my thoughts about where you should go with this recaptured sound. Your harmony with Mark is so refreshing with today's music I can only say thank you and do more! I also thought the words were inspirational and at 55 myself, I have to say they were meaningful.
Great job and keep picking!
Press Reviews for "Home Again"
John Batdorf: Keeps Focus on Music
Dayton Daily News
BY DON THRASHER
THE DAYTON DAILY NEWS (March 30, 2007)
Singer-songwriter John Batdorf was only 15 years old when he left Beavercreek in 1967 and migrated west to seek his fame and fortune with the Loved Ones. The band soon imploded, but the singer-songwriter never left California or gave up his dream of making music.
Batdorf, who performs tonight at Canal Street Tavern, reached his commercial peak in the mid-'70s with acoustic duo Batdorf & Rodney, who released two LPs on Atlantic Records. Despite the ups and downs in his career, he never quit playing and recording. And as Batdorf proves on his new self-released LP, Home Again, at 55 he is still completely focused on creating music.
The album is packed with memorable gems such as Home Again, Solitude and Something is Slipping Away, which are sunny slices of West Coast folk with shimmering acoustic guitars, warm harmonies and Batdorf's rich, youthful tenor.
"I thought it might be a really cool idea to try to recreate a retro-throwback record," Batdorf said recently. "I wanted the songs to sound like they were recorded in the late '60s or early '70s but were still modern by today's standards, kind of like a lost album. I wanted to kind of do the songs how I do them at the shows, which is a little different arrangement, a little more scaled down, kind of a house concert approach."
Home Again, recorded in Batdorf's home studio, is clearly his baby, but he received musical assistance from James Lee Stanley, Michael McLean, Greg Collier and other talented friends. The project also gave Batdorf the opportunity to work with his twin sons, Brett and Matt, who provided harmony vocals on several cuts. Mark Rodney, his old partner from the '70s, also added guitar and vocals to re-recordings of a few old songs, marking their first collaboration in 30 years.
Batdorf is promoting the CD to NPR affiliates and Internet radio stations, but his main focus is on XM satellite radio. "I was really trying to gear this project at XM because I thought they would be the immediate national airplay I could get," said Batdorf, who was pleasantly surprised at the positive response. "All of a sudden I had three songs on XM. I was thrilled. Now they're playing nine out of the 10 songs. It felt like mission accomplished, now I just have to try to keep spreading the word."
For more information: www.johnbatdorfmusic.com.
Contact contributing arts and music writer Don Thrasher at email@example.com.
Sacramento Bee 4-star review of Home Again
Published 12:00 am PST Sunday, March 4, 2007
CD review: John Batdorf, Home Again
Batmac Music, 4 stars
By Jim Carnes - Bee Staff Writer
The Sacramento Bee
More than three decades after putting an end to Batdorf and Rodney, John Batdorf and Mark Rodney are singing together again -- and it's great. Just like old times. Except with a maturity of songwriting on Batdorf's part that imbues this set with warmth and depth. Batdorf refers to "Home Again" as "the Batdorf and Rodney album that was never made," which is sure to delight a bunch of old fans. It includes three songs from the duo's days together -- the title track, which is performed here in a version that's even better than the original; "Ain't It Like Home," which Batdorf performs as a solo; and "Where Are You Now," a duet that has never appeared on a studio album -- plus seven new songs.
Those two "home" songs are a clue to a major theme of this set. It's about finding a place of safety and comfort. Other fine songs include "Solitude," "Me and You" and "One Night Stands," which is only about extramarital affairs in that it's about a performer's love of his music and the one-night concert stands on the road. This is a really fine collection.
Earbuzz Review HOME AGAIN
earBuzz Review: John Batdorf's most recent offering is "Home Again", a collection of 10-tunes that run the emotional gambit from poetic dedications to peace and love to the darker analysis of human relationships and politics. The record opens with "Home Again", a Batdorf and Rodney beloved tune. The wonderful thing about music is that it is completely free to be redefined and done with newness and "Home Again" is one of those tunes. Batdorf's keen sense of harmony has CSN timbres that were stylized synchronistically and could as easily be called Batdorf timbres. But, here you have it, acoustic guitar advanced performing along with four-part clear harmonies within tunes that are written by an artist. Track 2, "Me and You", is a bluegrass groove that celebrates the relationship that takes two hearts and two minds and equal one thinking and one beat. The harmonic complexity continues with "I Don't Always Win". The self-deprecating raw and poignant picture of the reality of life's ups and downs is touching and as honest as anything we've heard. Batdorf sings, 'still that sweet companion when i feel abandoned, keeps poisoning this canyon called my life'. The insight and depression revealed continues in "Something is Wrong". Batdorf sings of the race to go nowhere that can be for the listener a realty-check not only for political topics, but also personal references as a companion to 'win'. The final track, "Where Are You Now", is an acoustic guitar trance and mystic revelation as Batdorf leaves the listener with something to ponder at the end of this records' journey and delivers it with a firm foundation in mature adult and kind artistry.
Review by RadioIndy / POSTED ON: 23 Apr 2007
"Home Again" by John Batdorf, is a very impressive acoustic adult rock CD. The CD is filled with impressive acoustic guitar work, which sounds really good on this recording. John's vocals are especially beautiful on this CD, and include rich harmonies on many tracks. The recording quality is crystal clear, which is especially effective on this acoustic, unplugged CD, and allows the lyrics to cut through nicely. The songwriting combines well thought-out and thought-provoking lyrics combined with memorable choruses. "Home Again," the title track, combines memorable acoustic guitar work and a memorable chorus, with a powerful lyrical message. "Me and You" includes clever lyrics and nice 2-part harmonies. "Something Is Slipping Away" is a remarkably beautiful song. The up-tempo "One Night Stands" is one of our favorite tracks, with it's hook-filled chorus. If you enjoy acoustic adult rock artists of the 60s and early 70s, such as Crosby, Stills, & Nash, you will enjoy this CD. Pick up a copy today!
- Review by RadioIndy staff
JOHN BATDORF/Home Again:BATMAC Music
Chris Spector/Midwest Record Recap
Funny thing about the music biz that never changes, you can have all the auspicious beginnings you want but the next step is to get hot or go home. 35 years after putting Batdorf & Rodney to rest after some of the most auspicious beginnings, Batdorf catches up with his roots and re-examines the cult band that faded away but didn't die. After moving on and successfully wearing other hats, a spate of reissues caused Batdorf and Rodney to come to light again and was the genesis of this set that brings old and new together. Even 35 years on, Batdorf is running with the heart of a kid and adds wisdom to the old songs while adding wonder to the new. A singer/songwriter with more on the ball than a lot of today's crop, this set is a welcome return home again. Whether an old or new fan, it's well worth checking out.
Home Again (A rating)
Jim Trageser Staff Writer North County Tribune
Half of the underappreciated '70s folk-rock duo Batdorf and Rodney, singer-songwriter John Batdorf has a new album out that recalls the heyday of the acoustic guitar backing vocal harmonies age. Eight new songs and rerecorded versions of a couple of old Batdorf and Rodney staples, "Home Again" is as fun an album as Batdorf has ever been involved with.
Fans of the old duo will be delighted to see Mark Rodney on harmony vocals both on a revamped version of "Home Again," as well as on "Where Are You Now?," which has been available only on the "Live at McCabes" album. Both tracks stand among the very best the two have done together, and hearing them together again after 30 years is truly a treat.
Fans of Batdorf's more recent recordings will be glad to know that he's joined here by collaborators James Lee Stanley and Bill Batstone. Stanley, in particular, provides a ready foil to Batdorf's own guitar work. And Batdorf's two sons, Brett and Matt, provide some harmony vocals as well, adding a familial touch.
Batdorf's singing is better than ever, his songwriting as strong as always, the supporting cast outstanding.
Anyone who digs the acoustic singer-songwriter school of '70s folk rock is likely to enjoy the groove Batdorf and Co. have laid down here.
Spring of 2007
Home Again is on the air!
First Review for "Home Again"
JOHN BATDORF/Home Again: Funny thing about the music biz that never changes, you can have all the auspicious beginnings you want but the next step is to get hot or go home. 35 years after putting Batdorf & Rodney to rest after some of the most auspicious beginnings, Batdorf catches up with his roots and re-examines the cult band that faded away but didn´t die. After moving on and successfully wearing other hats, a spate of reissues caused Batdorf and Rodney to come to light again and was the genesis of this set that brings old and new together. Even 35 years on, Batdorf is running with the heart of a kid and adds wisdom to the old songs while adding wonder to the new. A singer/songwriter with more on the ball than a lot of today´s crop, this set is a welcome return home again. Whether an old or new fan, it´s well worth checking out.
Midwest Record Recap
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"Home Again" Ships on Wednesday January 10
The new CD is almost done.
A Very Worthy Cause
Heading towards Autumn
Back to Ohio
home state of Ohio for some performances with James Stanley.
We started our three day mini tour upstate in Kent and
performed at a venue called Kent Stage which is a beautifully
restored theater. We opened for Al Stewart and although the
house was small, the audience was very receptive to us. I had
the pleasure of meeting some really great folks that I have been
e-mailing for years. It's always nice to finally put a face to those
e-mails.That night we drove south to perform live the next
morning on the radio at WYSO which originates out of Antioch
College. That seemed to go well and we headed out to
Bellfontaine which is north out in the deep country. There is a
house concert series that runs six times a year and what a joy
that was. The performance happens on the second story of an
old restored barn. What a cool place! There is no no sound
system, which is my preference, and the intimate audience was
fantastic. Many regulars were there as well as some of my family
and friends. I must say, we played great and the audience really
appreciated it. The wonderful hosts made us a great breakfast
the next morning and we were off to Dayton Ohio's Canal Street
Tavern. Having grown up in the Dayton area, this was a special
moment for me. The last time I played in Dayton was at Wright
State with Mark and we opened fro Harry Chapin in 1976. I knew
many family members and friends would be attending and the
pressure was on! When I started the solo section of the set I
said, " Am I ever nervous. I know way too many people here!" The
show could not have gone any better. We were great, the
audience was great and what a trip it was to see some folks
after all those years. My old band members, The Convoys, were
there as well as most of the guys had ever been in bands with
as a teenager. I had my sister and one of my brothers there and
many other family members. I am so happy that we were able to
come back here and play. There was so much love in that
building that it was unbelievable. It almost felt like, " John, This Is
Your Life!" I will carry that memory with me wherever my life
leads me next. Thanks!!!!