Pacific Time ,
John Batdorf and Friends
will be appearing LIVE and
ON THE INTERNET
(viewable from anywhere there's a computer with internet access)
5230 1/2 Laurel Canyon Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91607
John will be joined by
his multi-talented friends:
please note that you can email the performers during the show!
I hope Everyone can come!!
see announcement from the Kulaks Woodshed museletter below:
January 19, 2008
8:00 - 10pm
John Batdorf and Friends
Featuring John Batdorf, James Lee Stanley,
Bill Batstone, Lilly Wilson
and Andrew Jackson
John Batdorf: 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. As the song writing and lead vocal half of Batdorf and Rodney, John began honing his craft and developing his own style back in the early 70's. After the breakup with Rodney, John did an album with a group called Silver and toured the country promoting their album at venues with the likes of America, , Poco and Hall and Oats. Fans devoted to his sound recognized John's voice on several radio and television projects in the 80's when he worked as a top LA studio session singer. When he wasn't touring with bands, or producing music for a variety of clients, he never stopped writing songs. In the early 90's he partnered with fellow songwriter Michael McLean and released a handful of albums that captured a personal resonance John found with his universal songs of hope and inspiration. It's as if with each stage in his artistic journey, he developed a greater understanding of the power music to impact our daily lives. Never one to stagnate creatively, John expanded his artistic palette from acoustic driven pop/rock to story driven melodies. From 1996 to 2002 he worked as a TV composer for the hit series " " and "Promised Land". Now into the second half of the new millennium, John has recorded a new CD with James Lee Stanley "All Wood And Stones" (a highly original take on early Rolling Stones songs, done acoustically with tight harmonies) along with his first solo EP, "Side One." His latest solo CD,"Home Again" is comprised of seven new originals and three songs for the Batdorf and Rodney days. This CD is an and vocal enthusiasts dream come true! When you listen to John sing songs about things that really matter to him, and you'll understand why they mean so much to his fans that have spanned three decades.
John will be joined by the following fantastic artists.
James Lee Stanley:
It is only a long lived singer-songwriter career that lets JAMES LEE STANLEY unite the unpredictable creativity and the eclectic elements that make up his world. His remarkable ability as a vocalist and composer allow him to create songs, each recorded with a finely crafted backing that sonically enhance the impulse behind the lyric. But a whole new dimension is added when James Lee performs live. These incredible songs, coupled with his outragously hilarious repartee, make for an evening of hilarity and tenderness. He is one of the few all time greats and undisputed geniuses among singer-songwriters. Fi Magazine listed his FREELANCE HUMAN BEING as one of the finest recordings of 1998 and one of the Top 200 Recordings of all time - FI Magazine March 1999.
JAMES LEE STANLEY, began recording at 14 for LeGrand Records. He majored in music at Cal State University. With twenty albums to his credit, he has produced an extraordinary body of work. And he's been quite the road dog, performing three hundred dates a year with such diverse acts as , , & RETURN TO FOREVER and .
Bill is a gifted and prolific songwriter and artist whose music is loved worldwide. For over thirty years you have heard his vocal, instrumental and songwriting talents on numerous recordings with a variety of artists, such as Harvest, Maranatha! Music, Promise Keepers, Crystal Lewis, Lenny LeBlanc, Andre Crouch, Fernando Ortega, Tommy Walker, Cheri Keaggy, Big Tent Revival, Randy Stonehill, Mark Heard and Richie Furay.
Since 1991 Bill has been working with the leading worship with the Tommy Coomes Band at festivals and crusades around the world and backing up artists such as Michael W. Smith, Jars of Clay, Andre Crouch, George Beverly Shea, Bill is on staff at , leading worship, producing worship CDs and performing at the Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie. Bill also performs with John Batdorf (of Batdorf and Rodney - an early 70's Acoustic Rock Duo).
He has two solo projects: “A Little Broken Bread” on Maranatha! Music and “While The Door Is Open” on the Calvary Chapel Music label. He and his family live in Southern
When not traveling and playing around the world, Bill likes to write songs, surf, and clean the garage. .
Lily Wilson grew up on a ranch in an isolated valley near
Her career in music started when Lily moved to at nineteen. While there she was drawn to the Flamenco music being played in the gypsy caves above the city, and also to the Moroccan music she heard in her neighborhood in Granada. She played and sang solo and in bands, on street corners, tea shops, and bars all over Andalusia.
Her first CD, Winter Song, was recorded in , where she spent a year writing and recording with White Termite Records, an independent label on . During this time, she collaborated with Adam Seymour, guitarist for , and with Susie Hug, lead-singer of the Katydids, who both helped produce and played on the record.
She then moved to , where she wrote and recorded her second, self-titled C.D. with producer/ slack-key guitarist, Jim West (Westernmost Music.)
Lily’s recent solo travels through and for three months with a backpacking guitar and lots of journals provided the inspiration for the 12 new songs (two in Spanish) which make up her third CD, “Stargazer,” recorded in . with producer/ bassist, Mark Browne.
Now based in , Lily performs locally and all over the country; and continues to write and record with Mark Browne. She has also been lending her voice to other artisits’ projects, and has sung with Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, Kenny Loggins, Patty Griffin, and Melissa Etheridge. Listen for her on Melissa Etheridge's new release, "The Awakening." In November of 2007, Lily won the L.A. Music Awards "Female Vocal of the Year" in the AC category for her new song, "A Little Life." , where her family grows wine grapes. Her nearest neighbor was three miles away, and she spent most of her time exploring the countryside, listening to music and teaching herself to sing and play. She found inspiration in the records her parents played by artists like , , , and .
" I approach each song, like the sculptor chips away at a piece of marble...hoping to leave behind, an immortal piece for the world to Cherish."I started teaching myself how to play the guitar at a very young age. Ive never had a lesson. The guitar has been my passion and obsession for over 30 years. I have also thought of myself as an 'explorer", therefore, Ive never been able to take to one genre of music or style. In doing this, Ive learned to play many styles which include influences from Latin/Spanish, Flamenco, Americana, Celtic Classical to folk and Jazz. Some of my pieces are a fusion of many styles. I took the stage just 4years ago, and since then, Ive had the opportunity to share it with world-class guitarist's Alex de Grassi, Muriel Anderson, Vickie Genfan, Dorian Michael, Thomas Leeb, Steve Lawson, Adam Miller, Goh Kurosawa, Bruce Goldish, Pat Milliken, George Quirin, and others. Among, being a musician, I also produce and promote fingerstyle guitar concerts, "Santa Barbara Acoustic Concert Series', local singer song writer concerts, "Circle of Friends", and produce the music for a fund raising concert for the Environmental Defense Center, and for the last 7 years for the Firestone Mountain Bike Series. I hope that this journey of exploring the boundaries of acoustic guitar expression never ends for me, as this is my life!