Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) September 7, 2005
"It was 1972. I was living in Washington DC and I had 5th row tickets to see Bread at Constitution Hall. Their music had taken over the airwaves in those days. It was a hot ticket. I got there a little early and found these long haired guys setting up the stage - for Bread to perform - or so I thought. When guitars, amps, et al were ready these "long hairs" plugged in and started playing music that had a double "wow-factor" - Batdorf & Rodney played great rock songs with extended solos and jump-start licks - on acoustic guitars. There were no electric guitars in sight.
The interplay between John Batdorf & Mark Rodney was jaw-dropping - and the audience responded. We all knew we had seen something very special that night. I've never forgotten the experience - the way they played and the brilliance of their music. That was the first time I'd heard of Batdorf & Rodney. The memory has never left me. I've been a fan for more than 30 years and I always will be." - Dean Sciarra - ItsAboutMusic.com
ItsAboutMusic.com has uncovered and released for the very first time two recordings by Batdorf & Rodney. The first live release is from 1970, before they were signed to Atlantic/Geffen Records simply titled "John & Mark." The second gem from the vaults is aptly named "Live at McCabes" recorded in 1975. Both of these releases coincide with John Batdorf's newest EP release called "Side One" which makes this John's very first release as a solo artist.
John Batdorf has survived many careers in one lifetime. Beginning in the early 70's he was recorded with Mark Rodney as the duo, Batdorf and Rodney. In 1976 Batdorf formed the group Silver with Richie Furay/Buffalo Springfield influenced Greg Collier. He has also recorded with songwriter, composer, author, performer, playwright, film producer and director, Michael McLean. During the 80's, John Batdorf was a staff songwriter and studio singer. His voice is heard on hundreds of jingles, movies, records and TV shows including, "Doctor, Doctor", "Tom and Jerry Kids", "Garfield and Friends" and "Promised Land."
In 1996, he got his first chance to score hit CBS primetime show, "Promised Land". He composed all the music underscore for its three season run. He went on to compose music for the CBS drama, "Touched by an Angel." Batdorf also composed the entire musical score for a 2 hour made for PAX TV movie called "Book of Days" which appeared in January and March of 2003. "The Best Two Years" had a successful theatrical run in 2004 and is now available on DVD as well as the soundtrack on CD. In late 2004 "All Wood and Stones," a compilation of Rolling Stones' cover tunes in an acoustic format, was released and is still creating quite a buzz! He is currently supporting the CD with performances in 2005 with James Lee Stanley. The CD has been picked up by Aezra/EMI for worldwide distribution the new EP, "Side One" is now available from ItsAboutMusic.com and will soon be available at download stores worldwide.
Says Batdorf on the longevity of his career, "Thirty-five years ago I set out on a great journey. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would still be having so much fun. With the re-releases of the first two Batdorf and Rodney albums on Collector's Choice Music, the new All Wood and Stones CD with James Lee Stanley, the release of "John and Mark" from 1970 and "Live at McCabes," and now my very first solo EP entitled "Side One," I am truly "One Of The Lucky Ones!" I have been blessed. I am thrilled to now be associated with ItsAboutMusic.com Thank you so much to everyone who supported me on my ongoing musical journey."
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