John Batdorf (from the album Me and My Guitar )
Summer forest fires and smoke kept singer/songwriter John Batdorf indoors where his creativity gave him room to move by taking the solo performer back to his time as a duo (Batdorf and Rodney) and band member (Silver). The success of a Silver track that found itself featured in Guardians of the Galaxy II softened John Batdorf to a song he never embraced (“Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang”). John recalled that ‘as I have been touring as a solo act for fourteen years, I never played songs from Batdorf and Rodney or Silver days that I didn’t write mainly because I was forced to do them by the record company. I started messing around in the studio and came up with an acoustic version of “Wham Bam”’. The results of heading back to previous material is collected on the recent release, Me and My Guitar, John Batdorf re-working music from past recordings as well as two new songs “Thanks to Me” and “Time to Say Goodnight”.
Opening with the acoustic doo-wop of “Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang”, John Batdorf sings a song for his longtime companion on the Me and My Guitar title track, listens as thoughts of ‘what-if’ play tag in “Never See His Face Again”, finds resolve in “Life is You”, comforts with the laidback sway of “It’s Gonna Be Alright”, and promises devotion with “You are the One”. Taking songs from his past, John Batdorf stitches a sonic tapestry that reflects that man he is in present time. Me and My Guitar is guided by the vocal hold that John Batdorf puts into every song, his voice seductive as he draws a line in the sand with The Rolling Stones’ “The Last Time”, rolling with the rhythms underneath the hopes and memories in “Poor Man’s Dream”, crawling into the soul of another for the multiple skins worn on “Working Man, Blind Man”, and picking out notes as tender as the sentiment of “You are a Song”.
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