Thursday, March 27, 2008
by Indie Acoustic Project (IAP).
HOME AGAIN has been selected as a finalist in the Indie Acoustic Project’s “Best CDs of 2007” awards in the Male Singer-Songwriter category. As per the IAP, The selection process was both heartening and difficult: as they were privileged to experience multitudes of outstanding CDs, but were only able to award recognition to the top 45 (3 CDs in each of 15 categories), plus “Songs of Note,” which recognizes 10 outstanding songs from CDs not among the finalists. They have listed the finalists on their website at www.indieacoustic.com, and will be sending out press releases announcing the finalists within a week. The winners in each category will be selected and announced by April 30, and award certificates will be mailed by June 1st.
Monday, March 24, 2008
John Batdorf, Lily Wilson, Andrew Jackson
1221 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
This will be a very special dinner concert
with John Batdorf, Lily Wilson, Andrew Jackson.
Also, don't forget!
the new CD from John Batdorf
and Mark Rodney
is due out mid-April '08!!!!
See Johns' website news section
for more info!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Two years ago the thought of doing a new BATDORF & RODNEY LIVE CD was the farthest thing from my mind. I hadn't spoken to Mark since 1987 and wasn't feeling terribly nostalgic about the music we made together. I was making new music, exploring new creative frontiers and so the idea of reclaiming a by-gone era wasn't on my radar. But life, as the saying goes, is what happens to us while we're making other plans. Turns out I was on my way to St. George Utah to do a gig at the beautiful Tuachan Center for the Performing Arts. My traveling companions were my wife Melanie, her sister Robin and her husband Steve Smith. Steve was the roadie, road manager and sound guy for Batdorf & Rodney all those years ago. When we got to Las Vegas we all decided to take a trip down memory lane and so I called Mark to see if he could meet us for dinner. It was a bit awkward at first, but before long we all were laughing and having a great time together. It wasn't like the heavens opened and a Batdorf & Rodney reunion was ordained from on high, but it wasn't long after that dinner while working on a new solo CD that I decided to re-record a few Batdorf and Rodney songs. So it was in making the CD "HOME AGAIN" that I invited Mark to play on the recording. It was a whole lot different than the old days but the finished product came out great. It must have been a good experience for Mark because he got the itch to perform again so I added him to a few of my shows here in L.A. The word got around and the next thing you know, we were performing in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and the fans were really enjoying it.