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Playlist:

Summer of Love
Me and My Guitar
One Day
Don't You Hear Me Callin'
By Today
Between the Ages
Home Again
Oh Can You Tell Me
Where Were You and I
Let Me Go
All I Need
Can You See Him
Four Days Runnin'


Still Burnin'
John Batdorf & Mark Rodney
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About a year ago, I was doing a gig in Woodland Hills, California. After the show, three old Batdorf and Rodney fans, Mike and Scott Hays and their friend, Richard Curiel introduced themselves to me and told me what big fans they were of B&R. They genuinely seemed excited about seeing me play after all these years. The three of them had been to many B&R shows in the 70s and started coming to more of my solo shows. A few months later, they came to Kulak's Woodshed and saw me perform with Mark Rodney. Mark had just played on my solo CD, Home Again, and sat in on a few of my solo gigs. They saw a few more shows and asked me to join them for lunch. To my surprise, they wanted to discuss the possibility of Mark and I doing a show in Orange County and they were even considering getting involved in a new Batdorf and Rodney recording. I thought they were out of their minds but as time went on, Mark and I were playing more and more and some of that early magic was rearing it’s head again. Scott decided to withdraw from the project and Jeanette Lundgren, who was handling publicity for me, decided to join up with Mike and Richard to form RMJ Productions with the plan to be executive producers and get this project off the ground. I had thought about maybe doing a live CD in Hawaii but as fate would have it, I got a call from Mike Marrone, program director of The Loft at XM Satellite Radio in Washington D.C. Thanks to Mike Marrone and Jerry Rubino, Mark Rodney and I recorded a Loft Session at the incredible XM recording studio on November 16, 2007. Along with the multi-talented Bill Batstone, we recorded an hour of music. It was like time had stood still. The playing, the singing, the vibe; it was like I was right back there in 1970 hearing those songs for the first time. XM Radio was nice enough to allow this show to be released on CD. This is a live studio recording - you can hear chairs squeaking, lips smacking, a few flat vocals, not to mention some tasty guitar clams! Thanks to XM Radio, I was given all of the unmixed raw tracks. I was then able to completely remix the live show adding EQ, reverbs, compressors etc. in the hopes of sounding reminiscent of the early albums. Back in LA, I added percussionist Scott Breadman on many of the songs to enhance the already cool session mix of the trio. I must say, I think it sounds pretty great! Also, as an added bonus, two brand new songs have been recorded at BatMac Studios in LA to bookend the live CD. The opening song, “Summer Of Love”, is written about the year I moved to California and what an impact all the great music of that time had on my life. The CD ends with a full-on acoustic rocker titled “Four Days Runnin’”. I am really excited about this project because it does two things simultaneously: it captures the essence of an era that shaped my musical youth with a refining that can only come with time.


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Acoustic Rock Pioneer -
In Concert

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This is John's first DVD release. In late March of 2007, John performed at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center in Rockford, Illinois. The concert was produced by Charlotte's Web. The hall is over a hundred years old and is the oldest still active performing arts Center in the US. This show was filmed with one camera and is raw and uncut. The sound was good, John was on, and a good time was had by all!


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Home Again
John Batdorf's new CD
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John Batdorf's uniquely passionate vocals and guitar playing landed him his first major record deal back in the 70's with Atlantic Records, and he's continued to develop and grow as an artist to this day. His latest CD "Home Again" is an acoustic guitar and vocal enthusiasts dream come true!


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Side One
Solo EP - 2005 release
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After 35 years, I have finally gotten around to recording a solo project. Side One is an EP consisting of 5 original songs that are some of the most personal, most deeply felt songs I've ever written and recorded. You're bound to hear the influences of all the great people I've been lucky enough to work with and listen to throughout my career. I'm grateful for what they gave me along the way, and I've been grateful for their encouragement to do this project. I sincerely hope that you enjoy listening to this music at least half as much as I enjoyed making it.


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All Wood and Stones
John Batdorf & James Lee Stanley
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Off The Shelf
Off The Shelf
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Batdorf & Rodney
Batdorf And Rodney
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Don't You Know
Don't You Know
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Distant Serenade
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Distant Serenade
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Batdorf and Rodney Live At McCabes 1975 For U.S.A. and Canada Orders:
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I have played live music at some of the greatest venues in the country but there was always something special about playing at McCabes. During the day, McCabes was a guitar shop. They sold top of the line acoustical instruments and they had their own repair shop on the premises. In the back room the walls were lined with Martins,Taylors etc. and on the weekends that room became a concert hall holding around 150 people. The audience at McCabes are very sophisticated connoisseurs of great acoustic music. When you played there, you could hear a pin drop. Mark and I started playing there on hoot night which is another name for open mic night back in 1970. That’s the night new musicians get to play a couple of songs and if the booker liked what you did, you got asked back as an opening act on the weekend. At the time, Bobby Kimmel was the one in charge of booking the shows. Bobby had played bass and sang with the “Stone Ponies” a 60’s trio consisting Linda Ronstadt and Kenny Edwards. Well, when Bobby heard us he flipped. We were now the hot new local band at McCabes! As time went by, our first and second albums were released and we were hot! We were now popular enough to be headliners there as well as all over the country. When 1975 rolled around and we had just finished mixing “Life Is You”, we booked a weekend at McCabes. We did two shows a night and every show was completely sold out with standing room only. One of the attendees that weekend was none other than Henry Winkler, “The Fonz”! This concert was taped right off the sound board by Mike Holm, a good friend of mine who worked there with his wife Suzanne. This show was the fourth of four and as you will hear from this performance, let’s just say I was very relaxed!!!! This is the only live concert that I am aware of that exists. Mark and I performed with just our bass player, Rick Carlos. The mix wasn’t perfect on the 30 year old stereo two track 3 3/4 ips tape, but I was able to digitize and clean it up and I must say, it is very very tight considering just how relaxed we all were ..... I usually never said much in between songs but this night was different. Maybe it was a full moon that night or something ....... but whatever it was, hearing this show really makes me smile. I think anyone who was a B&R fan will be affected the same way too!

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Batdorf and Rodney Live 1970
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Previously unreleased live stereo recordings by Batdorf & Rodney before "Off the Shelf" on October 24, 1970 in Las Vegas during an outside rehearsal high in the mountains. This recording took place only weeks before their audition with Atlantic Records President, Ahmet Ertegun in LA at the Beverly Hills Hotel. This is not a "studio" recording and is not a perfect sound recording either but it does offer some songs that we've never heard before and plenty of energy and banter from our favorite duo. For those of us who treasure Batdorf & Rodney, this is a "must own" artifact that takes us back in time to simpler and happier days.


Batdorf and McLean...."The Early Years" For U.S.A. and Canada Orders:
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This CD contains original songs written by John and Michael from 1990 to 1993 that appeared on the out of print CDs "You've Always Been There For Me" and "Look Inside". Along with songs like "It's Not Heavy", "Always Friends", "Look Inside" and more, this CD contains early versions of "It's Not Love", "Never Had To Ask". and "I Will Not Be Afraid"

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