Monday, September 14, 2009

John Batdorf: 9/18 - 9/27 Ohio/Michigan "Old Man Dreamin" CD Release Tour

Friday, 18 September 2009 @ 11am
John Batdorf Live In Studio
WYSO Radio With Niki Dakota
Yellow Springs, Ohio
John will be live on the air with Niki Dakota singing songs from Old Man Dreamin'.

Friday, 18 September 2009 @ 8pm
John Batdorf: Canal Street Tavern
308 E. First St., Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 461-9343
Price: $12.00

Saturday, 19 September 2009 @ 8pm
John Batdorf: Private Party Hosted By Jeff Ferguson/Open To The Public
Contact Jeff if you are interested in attending.
Akron, Ohio 44321
Price: $15.00

Thursday, 24 September 2009 @ 8pm
John Batdorf: West Bethesda Folk Music Concerts
Montpelier, Ohio 43543
Price: $10.00
Contact Bob for tickets and directions:

Friday, 25 September 2009 @ 8pm
John Batdorf: Private Party
Montpelier, Ohio

Saturday, 26 September 2009 @ 8pm
John Batdorf: Trinity House Theatre
38840 W. Six Mile, Livonia, MI 48152
(734) 464.6302
Price: $15.00 /$12.00 members

Sunday, 27 September 2009 @ 9:15am
John Batdorf Live On The Radio
Pam Rossi Radio Show
One Radio Plaza Drive
Detroit, Mi 48220
John will be on the air at 9:15 with Pam Rossi Sunday morning, Sept. 27th singing live and talking about the new "Old Man Dreamin'" CD. Listen live online!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Review on John Batdorf's Old Man Dreamin' CD from Indie Showcase

John Batdorf
Old Man Dreamin' - Released June 11 2009

Old Man Dreamin' :
What D'Ya Got
Love: All I Really Know About It
That Don't Seem Right To Me
I Fall To Pieces
Will I Love You Forever
Old Man Dreamin'
I Thought I'd Try A Love Song
Ain't No Way
Don't Tell Me Goodbye
I Will Rise

John Batdorf has once again hit the mark with this Album called 'Old Man Dreamin' ! John Batdorf is one of those remarkable few who pens a song and leaves you thinking he wrote it just for you. No small feat! Not only has he met his unusually high standard in music, but in my opinion has surpassed it with this Album.

He has a finger on the "pulse" of what is happening all around us these days. He brings our focus back to family , loved ones and what is "Real".

From toe tappin Accoustic rock influenced tracks to the ballads , it all seems effortless to this astounding musician. He has allowed us to enter his world and his thoughts for just a moment in time. The surprizing thing about that is that you will think he entered yours.

Each track on the "Old Man Dreamin' " Album can stand alone. The quality of songwriting, vocals and arrangement far exceeds any expectations we may have had.

John has done many things in his career that would surprize you. This humble and truely gifted Artist has made us proud to be loyal fans.

There are so many tracks on this Album that "touched" me , I am hard pressed to single any out. Having said that, The three that stood out most for me were What D'Ya Got , That Don't Seem Right to Me , and Old Man Dreamin' . I Will Rise following so close there is no shadow created!

What D'Ya Got - An edgy, catchy song, that speaks about keeping your head above the water. In these trying times with bills to pay, the latest fads to keep up with and just getting by.. John reminds us all we are not alone. This is an excellent example of what John does best. This track will have you singing along and tapping your feet. But most important is the message in the lyrics. As bad as it can get.. “You Got Me”.

That Don't Seem Right To Me - John's ability to capture the moment and everything that is happening around us, shines through this piece. With the economic situation as it stands in the world, he has brought home what many of us are thinking. It put me in mind of the great songs of the 70's which brought about an awareness and change. I know , call me a yuppy. He sings about the average man, his struggle to keep it together during this disaster. Bankers and Governments and stock markets caused this crisis, but it is the people who struggle. It is well written, outstanding guitar work and has a flow that will have you Rockin along! Harmonies are fantastic. This is a MUST HAVE!

Old Man Dreamin' – The title track of this Fantastic CD. A Bluesy – Rock mix that defies you to sit still. John's voice is captivating. He speaks of being in this music business from a young age , following his dreams of “Making it” till now as a middle aged man.The changes that have taken place in this industry. His dreams , his Vision. And the realization that his fans love him always. We are here for the long Haul. One might ask is it better to have that flash hit, then fizzle or is it much better to be a constant performer delivering quality music over the long period.

I have chosen only three tracks off this CD to single out. In fact, each and every track deserves to be singled out. The love songs are expertly written and delivered. The instrumentation achieved is monumental. The back up harmonies are exemplary. Old Man Dreamin' has got to be one the best Albums I have heard .... well since John's last one.

You can purchase this Album at You can also hear other Albums John has released. John, in my opinion, is the worlds best kept secret. Grab the CD, send friends over to hear him.

On a Personal note, I would like to thank Mother Hen Promotions for giving me the gift of John Batdorf's music years ago. It is a heads up that has given me enjoyment ever since.

Wendy Shashona McCall
Indie Showcase
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Thursday, September 10, 2009

John Batdorf to bring 30 years of music to Canal Street Tavern

John Batdorf to bring 30 years of music to Canal Street Tavern

September 10, 4:40 PMDayton Performing Arts ExaminerMichael Woody

John Batdorf

Though via the road less traveled, John Batdorf has accumulated a career in music that spans over 30 years and is still moving forward. Whether it's being center stage, a back-up singer or a producer of music for television, he succeeds in creating rhythmic sounds with the sole purpose of pleasing the audience. Now Batdorf is back on tour and has a scheduled stop in Dayton at the Canal Street Tavern on September 18 to promote his latest solo album, 'Old Man Dreamin.'

The experiences Batdorf has endured from chasing his boyhood dream of being a musician helped shape 'Old Man Dreamin' into a deeply personal album. While the song 'I Will Rise' is about the 36 year marriage to his wife, Melanie, the title track is autobiographical with lots of inside information about his musical journey.

"I hope the 'old men' listening will identify with the bittersweet dreams of being an old guy in a young guys' business," Batdorf said.

Batdorf's voyage began in the 70's as one half of Batdorf & Rodney, which resulted in a couple of albums and a tour across the country. They opened for several top acts from the era including Fleetwood Mac, the Doobie Brothers and Hall and Oats. However, Batdorf and Rodney eventually parted ways, but it was not the end of the road.

During the 80's Batdorf moved from center stage into the background and recorded vocals for such artists as Rod Stewart, Motley Crue and David Lee Roth. He also created and sung jingles for a number of movies and television shows.

In the 90's, Batdorf landed in prime time by producing the musical score for the CBS drama 'Promised Land.' He composed all the underscore music for the shows final three seasons before moving on to the same role for 'Touched By An Angel.' The work was strenuous under such a tight schedule but very rewarding to hear on a completed episode.

"I never thought I would have to work that hard, that's why I became a musician, but I've taken that same work ethic towards my record," Batdorf said.

Then 30 years after separating from Rodney, Batdorf recieved the unique invitation to perform a house concert for on old fan in his living room for some friends and family. A reconnection with his passion for having a live audience was formed and he was soon back to touring.

Despite such a long and accomplished career, Batdorf believes that 'Old Man Dreamin' is his best work to date, and is relevant to all ages with themes about the economic crises and falling in love. "When the times comes that you think your latest work isn't the best it's time to quit. I love everything I've done, but I feel that this is the best," he said.

Though Batdorf's path has strayed from the normal course, his loyal fans never lost track of him and show up at his current shows. "Everywhere I go, I meet someone who has a story from back in the 70's about my music and it's great to have that connection."

New and old fans are welcome to see John Batdorf at the Canal Street Tavern, 308 E. First Street, on September 18 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $12.00.

The journey has been long and eventful but Batdorf's dream to be a musician has been reached. "It took awhile to get here and the path was anything but straight, but I would not have had it any other way."

Learn more about John Batdorf at:

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Links to Archived and Podcasted Radio Interviews

"Whole 'Nuther Thing" with Bob Goodman
Saturday, 6/13/09

Part I John Batdorf Interview: "Part 1 of Interview with John Batdorf including some rather tasty Live Tunes from his New CD Old Man Dreamin' and past CD's."

"Whole 'Nuther Thing" with Bob Goodman
Saturday, 6/13/09

Part II John Batdorf Interview: "Part 1 of Interview with John Batdorf including some rather tasty Live Tunes from his New CD Old Man Dreamin' and past CD's."


"Inside the Artists' Studio with Thomas Miller"
The Thomas Miller Show
Original Air Date Friday, 7/17/09
Archived Link


Part 1 of the John Batdorf interview with Dorian White of Just Right Radio, Plenty Valley FM, Australia on Sunday 8/30/09

Part 2 of the John Batdorf interview with Dorian White of Just Right Radio, Plenty Valley FM, Australia on Sunday 8/30/09