Michael G. Batdorf

Michael G. Batdorf

 Wilson, Wyoming, USA
SoloAmericanaFolk

A style akin to Guy Clark, Jason Isbell, Townes Van Zandt, Chris Stapleton, James McMurtry....

Billboard Annual World Song Contest Honorable Mention
Larrivee Guitar Sponsored Artist
Easy Chair Recording Artist
2017 Silver Winner Jackson, Wyoming Best Original Band (One Ton Pig)
2012 Gold Winner Jackson, Wyoming Best Original Band (One Ton Pig)
2011 Bronze Winner Jackson, Wyoming Best Band (One Ton Pig
2009 Write For Kids Song Contest Finalist

Biography


A true “chameleon of song”, Michael blends genres and creates something uniquely his own.

A style akin to Guy Clark, Jason Isbell, Townes Van Zandt, Chris Stapleton, James McMurtry....

Billboard Annual World Song Contest Honorable Mention  Larrivee Guitar Sponsored ArtistEasy Chair Recording Artist
2017 Silver Winner Jackson, Wyoming Best Original Band (One Ton Pig) 2012 Gold Winner Jackson, Wyoming Best Original Band (One Ton Pig)2011 Bronze Winner Jackson, Wyoming Best Band (One Ton Pig2009 Write For Kids Song Contest Finalist
Few songwriters can say they have had a $1.5 million showroom built for their music.  Michael’s Wyoming based band has packed the house every Tuesday night in Jackson Hole’s Historic Silver Dollar Bar for over 10 years and the owners enthusiastically accommodated the demand.  Fewer songwriters can say they have dedicated 15 years of their life to serving at-risk youth in a Wilderness Therapeutic Program.  Mix this all in with the landscape of Wyoming’s western Mountains and you get a snapshot of Michael’s unique muse.
Sometimes people have an obvious purpose in life that is pursued even as a youth.  Michael Batdorf received his first guitar at age 12 and started, immediately, writing his own songs.  After a few years, he began recording his creations in his own little studio, which had a huge impact on his craft in allowing him to explore the depths of a song beyond just a guitar and a voice.  Even before he acquired any musical equipment, Michael had taken an interest in lyrical study and writing.  His interest in poetry through early childhood led him to write words for his own songs.
As a young man growing up in the Midwest United States, Batdorf listened to Rock and Roll.  WIth an analytical and inquisitive nature, he traced the roots of this music he came to admire.  Michael discovered a world and history of American Folk Music.  (Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, etc.)  A deeper study would reveal a world history and evolution of music.  (West African, Irish Celtic, Native American, etc.)  Of course, as Michael discovered, one can’t study a music without understanding the people from which it comes.  (History, Philosophy, Stories, etc.)  This is quite an endeavor and mixing these genres and experiences to form one’s own style has become Batdorf’s life work.
Finding new musical direction, something that hasn’t been done, is not an easy task.  Michael studied music recording and music business at Middle Tennessee State University.  After leaving the Nashville area, he settled into the Tetons of western Wyoming and has committed to his songwriting craft.  He has released over a half dozen solo albums and several albums with other musicians.  Again, attaching himself to the stories of the people and the land around him, he has found a voice that is uniquely his own.  Add civic aim, philosophy, and environmentalism to a deep understanding of roots music and you come close the the experience of listening to one of Michael Batdorf’s songs.
Michael currently plays with 3 different bands that continually push him as a songwriter.  One Ton Pig, is a Bluegrass-Rock 6 piece based out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming and can be seen Tuesday nights at the Historic Wort Hotel Silverdollar Showroom.  Brother Wolf is Michael’s answer to his deep love for Jimi Hendrix and is a Blues-Rock Power-Quartet that plays through the inner Mountain West.  Easy Chair Trio is a Folk-World Sound trio that is based out of Southeast Ohio.

Lyrics

You've Seen the Blues

Written By: Michael G. Batdorf

Be Kind It takes everything to get by
Stay cool we don't need no more cruel
Be still and pop on over the hill
My boys have seen the blues and they'll be fine

Wish we could walk these hills the rest of our days It's these Tetons blowing out our haze My boys have had the blues and they'll be fine

Sometimes it don't seem
Momma wants anything with me
And Dad is just another rolling man
Been locked up and left all alone to be sad
You've had the blues and it can't get worse than that

Wish we could walk these hills the rest of our days It's these Tetons blowing out our haze My boys have had the blues and they'll be fine

Are you kiddin me a world without love
Are you kiddin me a world without love
Are you kiddin me a world without love
They've seen the Blues and they'll be fine

Unfold

Written By: Michael G. Batdorf

I hope I can stand when I'm 70, because I am leaning on these walls right now
I am like an aspen bending from a cold winter's edge I've felt time quaking at my heals awhile

CHORUS
Everbody cries, everybody dies, and we all have our time to grow old
Give me the Season, give me the rain, and I'll show you a reason to Unfold

I thought I was in love before I was even 20
Turns out it's been a lonely towed line
I've been the tide on the coast of a lost old sea
I've been pulled out, yet pushed through denial

CHORUS

I watched my true love from a distance
And In truth she's been waiting on me
Robert Frost was never one to go rushing in
And I've got miles to go before I sleep

CHORUS

I dreamt I saw this old life in a sunset
With all my loved ones walking with me
Turns out it's not such a lonely towed line I'm
Sitting with this mountain in view

CHORUS

Ruess's Lament

Written By: Michael G. Batdorf

Ruess's Lament

Leave me alone I'm leaving home thing just don't seem right for me here

I detested L.A. like Horace had detested Rome
All this academic backwater you can see why I built my storm
Modern city I fear is a big mistake
When I go you know I leave no trace
And I know yeah I know this old world made a big mistake

I know a place noone will ever find me
somewhere down in Escalante
where the wind won't blow me down
Carve my name into the canyon wall
These days I feel like Nemo
Well this world will bring me around will bring me around

Leave me alone I'm leaving home things don't seem right for me here
Who would have thought my little world would push some people further

Long Gone Man

Written By: Michael G. Batdorf

Long Gone Man

Man died by the Cal Train the night I rolled to town
Seen the pain on the faces of Humboldt on down
I've been to northern California
During the harvest of all that green
They won't forget the sadness of those stories
And some day a long gone man won't have to be

Chorus
Some die by the train
some die by the track
some die because there aint no chance in
ever gettin it back
some go because they want to
some go because they can
some die because it's the only thing you can't take
from a long gone man..... long gone man

Saw you with your thumb out on coastal 101
Wasn't like I didn't want to pick you up and drive you on into town
I'm playing music tonight in Arcata
Singing the blues for you and me
They won't forget the sadness on those faces
and some day a long gone man won't have to be

Said Bob Dylan

Written By: Michael G. Batdorf

Said Bob Dylan
I've heard it said that I'm a sinner
Heard it said that I'm the man
I not so sure I aint rolling with any
old words that I can
Well I'm Hitching down that trail
Feeling sorry for myself
Just wishing I was part of the plan by the
Master man himself
Said Bob Dylan ……Dylan said

Just pick up the song and go
any which way you let down a kid
It's what you think you ought to
be doing in this massive downhill skid
Like an avalanche coming down the mountain
knocking out hundred year trees
Just wishing my hands aint tied when
they drop me to my knees
Said Bob Dylan…. Dylan said

Someone sent me a quote the other day
from the last temptation of Christ
My heart told me it was friendly in jest but
my mind said it wasn't nice
Either way it was all just weight
being pulled from my chest
As I redefine my soul and how the hell I'm going to invest
Said Bob Dylan….. Dylan said