Saturday, July 25, 2009

"Don't Tell Me GoodBye" from OLD MAN DREAMIN' featured on Just Right Radio - Plenty Valley FM, Australia 7/25/09

Music from the 60's right through to tomorrow's hits... the superstars to the unknowns... as long as "it's not too heavy... not too light..." you'll hear it all on Just Right! - Sundays (in Australia) with Dorian White, from 10am-noon, on your local station 88.6 Plenty Valley FM!

Posted Saturday, July 25, 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

"Old Man Dreamin'" NorCal CD Release Tour 7/24-25-26-28

Friday, 24 July 2009 @ 8pm
Marchal House Concert in Penryn, CA
Address & Directions Provided With Reservations
Contact Pierre Marchal at 916-316-3145 or for reservations and directions
Suggested Donation $15.00
Doors open at 6:30 for pot luck - bring food item to share/BYOB - Music starts at 8pm

Saturday, 25 July 25th 2009 @ 7pm
Kiki Wow Presents John Batdorf at "Music Under the Stars"
Plaza Linda Courtyard Patio
9 Del Fino Place, Carmel Valley, CA. 93924
(831) 659-4229
Price: $15.00

Sunday, 26 July 2009 @ 6pm
House/Backyard Concert at Mountain Song Ranch
San Martin, CA (near Gilroy and Morgan Hill)
Suggested Donation: $15. - $25. Sliding Scale
address and directions provided with reservations
Contact: Dan Holden
Phone #: (408) 960-5159.
"Doors" open at 5pm for a potluck dinner, show starts at 6
This is an alcohol-free venue

Tuesday, 28 July 2009 @ 7:45pm
The Clubhouse Songwriter Showcase Hosted by Steve Key
740 W. Foothill Blvd., San Luis Obispo, CA. 93405
John is the feature and will play from 7:45-8:30 - showcase begins at 6:30pm)

Please share all of this info with your Northern California Bay Area friends ... pass it on!!!

"Will I Love You Forever" featured on WLSO.FM Longtown Sound #549 Pancake Wednesday Flour Power Hour Wed 7/22/09

Longtown Sound 549 Pancake Wednesday Flour Power Hour Featuring- Preacher Stone, John Batdorf, Chris Loid, Zydecosis, Baby Blues and the No Attitude Band, Loo Wood, Michael Gaither, Heather Waters, Jeff Ronay, Pamela Brennan, Tim Blane, Chuck Eaton, Coldplay, Kindred Souls, Alan Wilkis

Longtown Sound 549

Longtown Sound Pancake Wednesday Flour Power Hour continues to bring the finest of the fine and today we kick off with a hit from Preacher Stone. Hear Preacher Stone and I’ll see you there!
8/1/2009 10:00 PM at Caveman’s 9229 Lawyer’s Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28227
Have a great hump day and as always, pass this link on to a friend and rock away the day with pancakes, syrup, fruit and steaming hot coffee. Good day all!

Today’s Featured Artists-
Preacher Stone - Blood From A Stone
John Batdorf - Will I Love You Forever
Chris Loid - Loving You Forever
Zydecosis - Satisfaction
Baby Blues and the No Attitude Band - Payin’ The Cost
Loo Wood - 3 Roses
Michael Gaither - Gettin’ to My Glory Days
Heather Waters - Wherever You Go
Jeff Ronay - Hey Marlene
Pamela Brennan - Victoria
Tim Blane - How Did I Get Here
Chuck Eaton feat Bart Ciampa - Silvia
Coldplay - Clocks
Kindred Souls - Whatchagonnado
Alan Wilkis - Pink And Purple

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

All Wood & Stones Summer Tour 7/17 Altadena CA -7/18 Tehachapi CA -7/19 Watsonville CA

Friday 17 July 2009 @ 8pm
John Batdorf and James Lee Stanley
Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 N. Lake Altadena, CA 91001
(626) 398-7917
Price: $18.00

Saturday 18 July 2009 @ 7pm
John Batdorf and James Lee Stanley
Mama Hillybeans
426 E. Tehachapi Blvd, Tehachapi, CA 93561
Price: $12/15

Sunday 19 July 2009 @ 6pm
John Batdorf and James Lee Stanley
Crystal Bay Farm
Watsonville, CA 93940
Price: $20.00

Monday, July 13, 2009

WLSO.FM Longtown Sound #546 features John Batdorfs' "I Thought I'd Try a Love Song" Monday 7/13/09

Longtown Sound 546 Buckingham Peanut Butter Monday

Longtown Sound 546

Buckingham Peanut Butter Monday brings new artists with new music from new CDs and some great blasts from the recent past. Take the music with you as you head out and about and pass it on to a friend! Check the links and visit the artists at their MySpace site and leave them a comment. They do appreciate it and so do I!


Today’s Featured Artists-
Downtown Money Wasters - Slow By The Riverside
Tony Deziel - Ode To A Woman (Baby, Oh Baby)
The Brilliant Mistakes - The Words
Mark Wayne Glasmire - You Opened My Eyes
John Batdorf - I Thought I’d Try a Love Song
Lisa Bianco - All The Things That Remind Me
Brad Hammonds - Favorite Time of Year
Chris Loid - Long Night
Baby Blues and the No Attitude Band - Don’t Mess With My Man
Leah West - Simple Love
Eli Reed & The True Loves - I’m Gonna Getcha Back
Alice Smith - Love Endeavor
Heath Fagen - January Rain
Paul Thorn - Black Rainbow
The Coots - Pray for Rain
Thomas Lee - Rest My Bones

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

"Don't Tell Me GoodBye" from OLD MAN DREAMIN' featured on WLSO.FM Longtown Sound 545 Weekend Power Hour Swapmeet

Longtown Sound 545 Weekend Power Hour Swapmeet Louie, The Baby Flies, Michael Whalen, Assembly of Dust, Zydecosis, Ace Noface, Planetary Nights, 8 Ball Aitken, Baby Blues and the No Attitude Band, Jim O’Keeffe, Chris Loid, John Batdorf , Brad Hammonds, Stephen Luke, Thomas Scott Pearce

Longtown Sound 545

“Weekend Power Hour” says it all! Great weather plus great food plus great folks equals great FUN! Add the artists and just great music and you’re unbelievably all set! So head on out after burning this to CD or upload your player and hit the roads to the parks, the lakes or beaches or your own back yard! No matter where you call home in this old world, make that “Homemade Sunshine” and pass it on!

Today’s Featured Artists-
Swapmeet Louie - Homemade Sunshine
The Baby Flies - Those Anointed
Michael Whalen - The Road of Ghosts
Assembly of Dust - All That I Am Now - feat. Richie Havens
Zydecosis - Fat Bottomed Girls
Ace Noface - Regret
Planetary Nights - Blisters On My Soul
8 Ball Aitken - Cyclone Country
Baby Blues and the No Attitude Band - Maybe
Jim O’Keeffe - If You Could Go Back
Chris Loid - Heaven Can’t Wait Anymore
John Batdorf - Don’t Tell Me Goodbye
Brad Hammonds - Losing Control
Stephen Luke - Love Is
Thomas Scott Pearce - Waiting on a Train

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OLD MAN DREAMIN' Review from Bob Lefsetz

My dream is bittersweet

Cause I’m an old man dreaming in a young man’s world

Ageism. You think it’ll never happen to you. Then you reach a certain age and your opinion no longer counts, the kids control the music and those aged executives still in power wear baseball caps and try to act like kids themselves. If you don’t look the part, don’t play hit music, you might as well be dead.

But it’s baby boomers who grew up with music at the center of their lives. There were no cell phones, there was no MySpace. We lived to twist the AM dial in the car, if we were lucky we had a phone in our bedroom. The glue that kept us together was the music. They call this music "classic rock". Classic, as in aged, as in done.

I was watching Billy Bob on Bill Maher. He posited that none of the acts of the last twenty years would be remembered after they were done. In other words, the youngsters have taken over the business and killed it. It’s not what it once was. Now it’s something you do to become famous, to tie in with corporations. It’s all about raining money. Or, you’re one of those individuals with little talent foisting your wares upon an uncaring public complaining you’re not getting your due. And those of us who lived through the revolution, that period in the sixties and seventies where acts wrote their own material or reinterpreted the works of others to the point where you could barely recognize the tune, scratch our heads and wonder where it all went.

You can go see a classic band in concert. But you don’t want any of their new music. It’s the opposite of what once was. Rather than being vital and from the heart, it’s mannered and bland. It’s actually creepy. About as bad as their efforts to resist aging. Do they really think the audience wants to see old performers who appear younger than they are?

Going to the show today is nostalgia. Or, in the case of the newbies, a train-wreck, something that grabs your attention for an instant and is then removed from the tracks. The vibrancy, of a building career, by someone who’s practiced, who has something to say…this is what the aged audience wants, but is not getting. The kids are out of the house or close to it, but no one is singing about their plight. You hear songs about teenage concerns constructed by those burdened with adult issues in their real life. It would be like Congressmen debating student council issues, debating who should be in charge of prom decorations as opposed to fuel mileage rules.

On one hand you’ve got a business driving towards a cliff. Pissed that the CD isn’t as cool as an iPod, wanting to eviscerate the Internet. On the other, a desirous audience. An unfulfilled populace.

I’m gonna tell you a well known secret. The reason those classic acts can’t write any good new material is because they’ve lost the hunger, the desire. The belief is if you just write a great song, become a star, then your life will work. But it doesn’t. You can get laid by good-looking people, but you’re still the shy outsider you always were. So, assuming you’re still alive, and you wrote enough great tunes in your desire to make it, you can still tour playing those oldies, but your creative well is dry. But what if you never made it?

What if you had a recording contract way back when, made a few albums, but no one cared? Do you still have the creative spark? Do you still have the talent?

You don’t lose the talent. You’ve invested all those hours, learning how to play, how to write. But can you get the motivation?

Prior to the Internet era, we couldn’t own all the music we wanted. You made choices. So I never owned a Batdorf & Rodney album. Don’t even remember hearing the act on the radio. Saw their albums in the bin, but just like most people don’t have twenty cell phones, we couldn’t own 20,000 albums.

But a few years back, I went to a house concert in the west valley and I heard Mr. Batdorf do some new material. And I was stunned, it was good!

My kids focus too much on pleasure

They think dad’s sittin’ on a buried treasure

I gotta message that might surprise them

When their old man can’t subsidize them

The recession is blowing the younger generation’s mind. They used to pooh-pooh working at McDonald’s. Now they can’t get a job there. Can’t get a job at all! Dad has had his hours reduced, maybe Mom’s lost her job, suddenly there’s no money for the latest video game, movies seem too expensive, the world is no longer easy.

We kept reading about these entitled worldbeaters. You know these kids, you hate ‘em too. But I’ve never heard a song about them. But that’s what opens John Batdorf’s new album, "Old Man Dreamin’", the song "What D’Ya Got", which delineates not only the plight of the younger generation, but the older:
What d’ya got when it turns pitch black

What d’ya got when there’s no Prozac

What d’ya got when you ain’t got jack

Can’t you see

What d’ya got when your dreams get squashed

What d’ya got when your wires get crossed

What d’ya got now that won’t get lost

Baby you got me

Ain’t that enough

You got me

That’s got to be enough. After you’ve turned in your Mercedes-Benz and leased a Hyundai. After you’ve sold your vacation home. After you’ve put the kids in public school. We’ve got a society based on shopping, on possessions, can you still be happy without them?

There’s another song about the craziness of today’s world:

Work two jobs just to buy gas to get to one

Takes three cars just to guarantee that one will run

I bought their lousy cars and yet

I’m payin’ off their corporate debt

It ain’t my debt

Okay, that’s not a new concept. There are even lame country songs espousing the same anger. But how about this?

A hundred bucks buys a torn up pair jeans

Twice that much if you saw ‘em in the magazines

With clever ads, sales are strong

Sellin’ girls with barely nothin’ on

That don’t seem right to me, as the title of this song says. You convince the girls their butts look better in this pair as opposed to that and you charge them up the yin-yang. It’s illegal to leave the house without makeup, to look human. That’s why we loved our musicians. They didn’t wear spandex, they didn’t spend hours in the gym, they looked like us!

The piece de resistance is "I Thought I’d Try A Love Song". This is one of those seventies numbers that catches your ear through its magical changes that you ultimately catch the lyrics of and then smile.

That’s the way the whole "Old Man Dreamin’" album is. You put it on and you like a few tracks and then you play it again, and after each and every play new nooks and crannies are revealed, you like it more, and then play it more. This is the classic rock experience. Coming home, breaking the shrinkwrap and dropping the needle and being drawn into a whole new world. Amazingly, this concept lives on in the twenty first century, with John Batdorf’s new album.

I give him credit for soldiering on. It’s hard to break through, especially when you’re used to having someone else do the business. Now you need an MBA to make it. Unfortunately, too many of those people with degrees have the skills but are purveying substandard music.

I could sell this album out of my trunk to baby boomers. This is what they’re looking for. Youngsters will laugh and say that the record is wimpy, but they never lived through an era where you could love both Joni Mitchell and AC/DC. There’s nothing wrong with soft, there’s nothing wrong with tuneful.

My second favorite track on the album is "Ain’t No Way". I say that because we aged don’t get to talk about music, not in depth, because no one cares. They care about SoundScan numbers, tour grosses, but the underlying premise, what those numbers are built upon, that’s not a discussion that happens anymore.

Forty years and I’m_

Finally in my prime_

This should be my time_

Or could it be it’s over………No way

Enough horseshit that people over fifty can’t write and perform vital material, that the audience should just retire. People are hungry for fulfilling new music. And John Batdorf has delivered it.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

WLSO.FM Longtown Sound $543 Features John Batdorfs' "Sixteen" from OLD MAN DREAMIN'

WLSO.FM is just great music! Uncleshag hosts the Longtown Sound, a radio style podcast from the shores of Lake Wateree. Featuring indie artists from MySpace, Ariel Publicity, Podsafe Music Network, GarageBand, CDs and mp3s from unc's email. Hear new ear picked independent music effortlessly.

Longtown Sound 543 Buckingham Peanut Butter Power Hour

Longtown Sound 543

Only Grade A nuts are used to compile the Longtown Sound Peanut Butter Monday episodes. Buckingham peanuts are always top grade and nematode free. Just like the music you hear in these shows- all indie tunes are top shelf, inspected, ear-picked and deserve a listen and a comment. The artists at the links below are there for a reason. All remarks are appreciated! Have a great start to the first Monday of July!


Today’s Featured Artists-
Shedd - Afraid of Sunlight
Brad Hammonds - Whisper
Dean Krippaehne - Better With You
Gustav Magnusson - Dance Along With Me
Colin O’Donohoe - Cypress Boat
Jeff Ronay - Cold Monday Morning
Mark Wayne Glasmire - Life Goes On
Mike Whitney - Galaxy Five
The Wakefields - And I Cry
Paul Thorn - Ain’t Gonna Beg
Shooter Jennings - Lonesome Blues
Romantica - The National Side
Doug Edgell - Sink Like a Stone
Chris Loid - Fishin’ in the Weeds
John Batdorf - Sixteen
Chuck McCabe - Holidaze Radio Edit

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Friday 7/10 10pmCST "An Evening of John Batdorfs' Music" on KOPN Missouri

Friday, 10 July @ 10pm CST
An evening of John Batdorfs' music
On "Blue Plate Special"
with Host B. A.
KOPN 89.5 FM in Columbia, Mo. or - click on listen live and follow instructions

"I Fall To Pieces" on Just Right Radio - Plenty Valley FM, Australia 7/5/09

Music from the 60's right through to tomorrow's hits... the superstars to the unknowns... as long as "it's not too heavy... not too light..." you'll hear it all on Just Right! - Sundays with Dorian White, from 10am-noon, on your local station 88.6 Plenty Valley FM!

Playlist from 5 July 2009
All American 5th of July special program (still the 4th there!):
Simon & Garfunkel - "America"
Bruce Springsteen - "4th of July, Astbury Park (Sandy)"
Robby Hecht featuring Jill Andrews - "Late Last Night"
##John Batdorf - "I Fall To Pieces"##
Bartholomew Bishop - "Morning" (featuring Theo Bishop)
Bartholomew Bishop - "Hey Mister Seeger"
Bartholomew Bishop - "A Wink And A Tear"
Jessie Baylin - "Was I On Your Mind"
Jenna Mammina - "A Love That Lasts"
Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey - "My Friend The Sun"
Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey - "Here and Now"
Ariel Abshire - "Exclamation Love"

James Taylor - "Something In The Way She Moves" (live)
America - "Amber Cascades"
Second Wind Bandits - "Lovers Never Rest On Sundays"
Matt Wertz - "Everything's Right"
Bartholomew Bishop - "Evening" (featuring Theo Bishop)
Bartholomew Bishop - "Back Together"
Bartholomew Bishop - "If Only We Believed"
Justin McRoberts - "Done Living"
Susie Warley - "Wondering"
Rich Price - "Marianne"
Melissa Axel - "Fall This Hard"
Jason Davis - "On My Way"
Kim Richey - "Come Around"
Richard Termini - "Spirit"