Thursday, March 26, 2009

"What's New" from John Batdorf 3/26/09

What's New...

Thursday, March 26th, 2009 10:23 AM

Batdorf CD Update

Hey guys!

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 involved 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!


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

"Oh, Let Me Live the Life"

Hey to all John Batdorf Fans & Friends

We thought you might want to get your friends involved in “the cause”, so we came up with the following flyer that you can cut-and-paste to an email and send to all of the acoustic music-lovers in your life who might be interested in being a part of music history with you:

To My Music-Loving Friends

I am sure you remember one of my favorite music duo’s of all time: Batdorf & Rodney! Well, John Batdorf is embarking upon a fantastic solo venture that looks and sounds better than anything he has ever done. The NEW CD, entitled "Old Man Dreamin' In A Young Man's World", is seeking financial support to finish this project, and also so that John can properly promote and distribute to the masses. The music industry, such as it is today, offers little other choice for independent musicians that care about producing a quality product. John is seeking investment co-ops, anywhere from $35.00 on up (the sky is the limit), and for this, there are some great personal perks, including getting a personally-signed copy of the new CD hot off the press, an MP3 download of the CD as soon as it is mastered, newsletter updates as to the progress of the CD giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the producing and promoting of a CD, and exclusive “work mixes” of the music in progress that no one other than us will ever get to hear. There is even an opportunity to be listed on the CD liner-notes as Co-Producer.

May I suggest you visit the following website(s) to learn more about investing in this project:

John Batdorf “What’s New”

RMJ Productions: “Don’t You Hear Me Callin’”

And if you want to know more about John Batdorf, please click here to see his one-sheet (in pdf format).

I would love it if you were interested in joining in this project with me as a co-op effort (or on your own, if you want) so that we can share in this exciting opportunity and to be part of something so memorable, meaningful (and downright cool!).

Thank You.

Your Friend in Music,

____(Insert Your Name Here)____


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

"What's New" from John Batdorf 3/10/09

What's New...

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 3:12 PM

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 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 and 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!

-John Batdorf