John  Batdorf

John Batdorf

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John Batdorf’s uniquely passionate vocals and guitar playing landed him his first major record deal back in the 70’s. 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 nearly four decades.

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Biography

Biography

I have survived many careers in one lifetime. Starting with the 70's as a recording artist with Batdorf and Rodney and Silver. I made records and toured this country and Canada for most of the 70s. We headlined many shows, but as an opening act we got to play with a lot of great groups like America, Seals and Crofts, Dan Fogelberg, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers, Bread, The Youngbloods, Hall and Oats, Cheech and Chong, England Dan and John Ford Coley, Pure Prairie League, Harry Chapin, John Prine, Dave Mason, Kris Kristofferson just to name a few! A great time was had by all.
I spent the 80's as a staff songwriter writing songs for America, England Dan, The Curry sisters and Kim Carnes, and as studio singer singing on hundreds of jingles, movies, and TV shows. I sang on four main titles including, "Doctor, Doctor", "Tom and Jerry Kids", "Garfield and Friends" and "Promised Land". I sang background vocals on some really great recordings by Rod Stewart, Motley Crue, Dave Mason, Eric Anderson,The Jefferson Starship, Berlin, Donna Summer, Dwight Yoakum, Boy Meets Girl, Mickey Thomas, Stan Ridgeway, James Lee Stanley, David Lee Roth, The London Choir Boys to name a few.
Then came the 90's and I started producing records and commercials. During that time I met and went on to write some great songs with my friend, Michael McLean. We have recorded 4 CDs together. In 1996 I got my first chance to score a CBS TV prime time show, "Promised Land". I composed all the music underscore for three years until the show came to an end. I went on to compose music for another CBS drama, "Touched By An Angel" which after nine very successful seasons is no longer in production. TBAA and Promised Land reruns still appear somewhere on the planet every day of the week. Soon after, I composed the entire musical score for a 2 hour made for PAX TV movie called "Book of Days" which appeared January and March of 2003. "The Best Two Years", which I also scored and wrote songs with Michael and Scott McLean, had a successful theatrical run in 2004 and is now available on DVD as well as the soundtrack on CD.
Now entering into 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 first full length solo CD, "Home Again" is an acoustic guitar and vocal enthusiasts dream come true! John's 2008 CD, "Still Burnin'" teams him up again with Mark Rodney. The duo recorded a live show at XM Studios in Washington D.C. revisiting many of their great songs from the 70s. Also John and Mark have recorded two brand new songs in LA that are also included in the package. This marks the first new Batdorf and Rodney recordings since 1975!
In June 2009, John released his third solo CD, "Old Man Dreamin'," which got rave reviews and extensive radio play and truly established John as a solo artist. May of 2011, Batdorf and Rodney were elected into the Las Vegas Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Now in the fall of 2011, John has released arguably his finest solo CD, "One Last Wish," and will be supporting the project all of 2012. When you hear John sing songs about things that really matter to him, you'll understand why they mean so much to his fans that have spanned over four decades.

Lyrics

I Don't Always Win

Written By: John Batdorf/Michael McLean

I Don’t Always Win

I’d be a liar if I said that I’m alright
There’s no denyin’ that I’m better than I’ve been
But every hour that I’m alone it’s still a fight
That I don’t always win

No need to tell me what will happen if I lose
I know the hell that will await me once again
But it’s a battle that’s the reason for these blues
Cause I don’t always win
No I don’t always win

Such a sweet companion
When I feel abandoned
Keeps poisoning this canyon
Called my life

So where will you be when I go another round
Have you decided yet who’s corner you’ll be in
If it’s a champion you think you might have found
I don’t always win

Still that sweet companion
When I feel abandoned
Keeps poisoning this canyon
Called my life

Every victory
Has a cost
If I think I’m winning
I’ve already lost

I’d be a liar if I said that I’m alright
There’s no denyin’ that I’m better than I’ve been
But every hour that I’m alone it’s still a fight
That I don’t always win
No, I don’t always win

Song By John Batdorf/Michael McLean
BatMac Music/BMI.... Shining Star Music/ASCAP
2006 All Rights Reserved

Summer Of Love

Written By: John Batdorf_Michael McLean

Summer Of Love

IT WAS AN AWAKENING / AND IF YOU WERE THERE
YOU’D KNOW WHAT I MEAN / CAN'T HELP REMEMBERING
THE SUMMER OF LOVE

IT WAS A TIME OF CHANGE / AND IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL AND STRANGE
AND NOTHING’S BEEN QUITE THE SAME
SINCE THE SUMMER OF LOVE

There are moments I swear, It's like I'm still there
That place where I belonged
The scent in the air, the wind in my hair
And living those songs

IT WAS A PERFECT TIME / CHOOSING WHICH
MOUNTAINS THAT WE WOULD CLIMB / FOREVER I'LL CALL IT MINE
IT WAS THE SUMMER OF LOVE

I'm willing to bet, You can never forget
The sound that moves you still
It was the state of the art and it beats in your heart,
And it always will

IT WAS A TIME TO SING / IT WAS A TIME WE BEGAN TO DREAM
AND MUSIC MEANT EVERYTHING IN THE SUMMER OF LOVE

My life has moved on, that summer is gone
But not forgotten
When those melodies sing to me
I'm there

WHAT AN AWAKENING / AND IF YOU WERE THERE
YOU’D KNOW WHAT I MEAN / CAN'T HELP REMEMBERING
THE SUMMER OF LOVE

IT WAS OUR TIME TO SING / IT WAS OUR TIME WE BEGAN TO DREAM FOREVER MY HEART REMAINS, IN THE SUMMER OF LOVE
IN THE SUMMER OF LOVE, IT WAS THE SUMMER OF LOVE
IN THE SUMMER OF LOVE
©2007 All Rights Reserved

What D'Ya Got

Written By: John Batdorf_Michael McLean

WHAT D’YA GOT
My girl worries that the worst is comin’
How can we live on next to nothin’?
She's busy stretchin’ out every dollar
No more gourmet coffee or bottled water

WHAT D’YA GOT WHEN THE WELL RUNS DRY
WHAT D’YA GOT WHEN YOU CAN’T GET BY
WHAT D’YA GOT WHEN THE MORTGAGE RISES
UN ACCOUNTABLY
WHAT D’YA GOT WHEN THE CUPBOARDS BARE
WHAT D’YA GOT IN THE FRIGIDAIRE
WHAT D’YA GOT WHEN THERE’S NOTHIN’ THERE
BABY YOU GOT ME

My kids focus too much on pleasure
Think dad’s sittin’ on a buried treasure
I gotta message that might surprise them
When their old man can’t subsidize them

WHAT D’YA GOT WHEN THE CHECKS ALL BOUNCE
WHAT D’YA GOT KID THAT REALLY COUNTS
WHAT D’YA GOT WHEN THE BANKS ANNOUNCE YOUR A
LIABILITY
WHAT D’YA GOT WHEN YOU’RE OVER DRAWN
WHAT D’YA GOT WHEN YOUR CREDIT’S GONE
WHAT D’YA GOT THAT KEEPS HANGIN’ ON
BABY YOU GOT ME

Guess I made a promise back when she was twenty three
I’d be there to answer every call
Even though I couldn’t see that there’d be times like these
I have learned what to say, it’s been my way to say it all

WHAT D'YA GOT WHEN YOU'RE OVER DRAWN
WHAT D'YA GOT WHEN YOUR CREDIT'S GONE
WHAT D'YA GOT THAT KEEPS HANGIN' ON
FOR ETERNITY
WHAT D'YA GOT WHEN IT'S ALL A MESS
WHAT D'YA GOT NOW THAT'S NOT WORTH LESS
WHAT D'YA GOT now they repossess
BABY YOU GOT ME

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
BABY 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 THAT JUST WON'T GET LOST
BABY YOU GOT ME

Don't Tell Me Goodbye

Written By: John Batdorf_Michael McLean


DON'T TELL ME GOODBYE
Tell me I was wrong
(you can) Look me in the eye
(and) Tell me I'm to blame
(and) how I need to change
(But) don't tell me goodbye

Tell me how I failed
(And) tell me what to do
Tell me it's a crime
(And) all the fault is mine
(But) don't tell me we're through

You can tell me what we built was broken
Carelessly and it all was me
You can beat me with the words I've spoken and I'll take it willingly

Tell me how you hurt
(And) all the reasons why
Tell me in advance
(I) don't deserve a chance
But don't tell me goodbye

Tell me not to speak
That nothing I could say
Could make up or explain
Or ever heal the pain
But don't say there's no way

Tell me just how long
I will have to try
To show you I'm sincere
Tell me that it's years
But don't tell me goodbye

You can tell me there's a million reasons
You believe that it's time to leave
Tell me it could be a million seasons and I'll hold on patiently

Tell me what you need
Just Tell me and I'll try
Tell me you're unsure, my promise will endure
But don't tell me goodbye

Never loved anybody like you
In my whole life, my whole life
I can see I've got so much to do
To make it all right

Tell me I was cruel
And how I made you cry
Say it might be years until I've dried those tears
But don't tell me goodbye
Say you'll wait and see if there's a "you & me"
But don't tell me goodbye
Tell me you're not sure you love me anymore
But don't tell me goodbye

Song by John Batdorf, BatMac Music / BMI
Michael McLean, Shining Star Music/ASCAP
©2009 All Rights Reserved

Credits:
John Batdorf: Acoustic guitars, bass, percussion and vocals
George Merrill: Background vocals
James Harrah: Electric guitar
Greg Leisz: Peddle Steel

That Don't Seem Right To Me

Written By: John Batdorf_Michael McLean


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

Folks work harder every year for less and less
Payin' more in taxes but it's still the same old mess
Everybody’s goin' bust
To fix it who you gonna trust?

I'm not sayin' I know what to do
But every day I'm findin' something new
One more thing in this crazy world that I can see
That don't seem right to me

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

I'm not sayin' I know what to do
But every day I'm findin' something new
One more thing in this crazy world that I can see
That don't seem right to me

If you see what I see
Maybe we can all agree

I'm not sayin' I know what to do
But everyday I'm findin' something new
One more thing in this crazy world that I can see
That don't seem right to me

I'm not sayin' I know what to do
But everyday I'm findin' something new
One more thing in this crazy world that I can see
That don't seem right to me

I Feel Loved

Written By: John Batdorf and Michael McLean

I FEEL LOVED
You find the ways to show me
All of the ways you know me
Though I've been hiding all this time
And I see what I've been missin'
And I feel loved

You find the ways to hold me
When all the rest have told me
That I've been wasting too much time
And you tell me not to listen
And I feel loved

Standing here beside you
I know what's inside you
You've learned to ride every wave
With every beat of my heart

When you say "Keep your eyes on
The distant blue horizon
On and on and on
Cause we'll always be together"
Then I feel loved

And when I feel I'm falling
That's when I hear you calling
Hold on now baby you'll be fine
And it's not that far to shore now
And I feel loved

And in my heart I'm knowing
That it is you that's throwing
The one and only rescue line
And it feels so secure now
And I feel loved

Standing here beside you
I still feel tied to
The only anchor I need to keep me safe in the storm

And there are words to say how
Your love just grows each day now
On and on and on
It's the truth that I rely on
And I feel loved

And if my life has meant anything
It's been because of you
Oh. How is it you can know everything
That's in my heart, that's true

I know how much I owe you
So let me try to show you
On and on and on
I'm becoming what you need now
Cause I feel loved
I've become a better me now
Cause I feel loved

Song by John Batdorf, BatMac Music / BMI
Michael McLean, Shining Star Music / ASCAP
©2011 All Rights Reserved

Revolution

Written By: John Batdorf_Michael McLean

REVOLUTION

Heard the news ...yesterday... Revolution is on it's way
There's a nation that's stirred..... millions of voices are finally heard

Will it go where it's meant to go?
Will it be what it's meant to be?
Will that great uprisin' on the far horizon
Do it peacefully? All the world will see

Let it rain, let it shine......do those voices echo mine
Where they stand... is where they'll fall
And they are willing to risk it all

May they change what they need to change
May they say what they have to say
At that great uprisin' on the far horizon
Going on today... May the world pray
May they find their way
To that brave new day

Song by John Batdorf, BatMac Music / BMI
Michael McLean, Shining Star Music / ASCAP
©2011 All Rights Reserved

Discography

Batdorf and Rodney "Off The Shelf" 1971
Batdorf and Rodney "Batdorf and Rodney" 1972
Batdorf and Rodney "Life Is You" 1975
Silver "Silver" 1976
Batdorf and McLean "Look Inside" 1992
Batdorf and McLean "Don't You Know" 1997
Batdorf and Stanley "All Wood and Stones" 2005
John Batdorf "Side One" EP 2005
John Batdorf "Home Again" 2007
John Batdorf and Mark Rodney "Still Burnin'" 2008
John Batdorf "Old Man Dreamin'" 2009
John Batdorf "One Last Wish" 2011

Set List

John Batdorf 2 Hour Set List with a 30 minute break

All Original Songs From Past and Future Recordings