Batdorf and Stanley

Posted by JazzyLee on 22nd February 2014 in Artists



Acoustic Guitars and Rolling Stones Songs

James Lee Stanley and John Batdorf have both been part of the Southern California music scene since its early ’70s heyday. Stanley’s enduring career began with a publishing deal with famed producer Bones Howe. His self-titled solo debut was released on RCA in the seventies, and in 1980 Stanley formed his own label, Beachwood Recordings, on which he’s released over 50 titles including 22 solo projects. His Freelance Human Being CD was hailed as a masterpiece and is listed as one of the Top 200 CDs of All Time by Fi Magazine. Stanley also released four CDs in tandem with Peter Tork.

Batdorf’s first brush with fame was with a band that was almost signed by Atlantic. His acoustic rock duo Batdorf and Rodney was later signed to that label by Chairman Ahmet Ertegun, and John will always remember auditioning for Ertegun in one room at the Beverly Hills Hotel at the same time the industry legend was signing the Rolling Stones in another. The B&R duo were also signed by David Geffen to Asylum and by Clive Davis to Arista. Batdorf was also in the band Silver, and has a career as a film and television composer. Together, they brainstormed on all things Stones for close to a year before the first All Wood And Stones release. Their instincts and talents fused beautifully on the project. Another 8 years of working together led to All Wood And Stones II. A sense of discovery is evident in arrangements that respect the original song structures at the same time that they open them up to new possibilities. Far beyond merely “unplugged,” All Wood And Stones is unprecedented. And undeniably a pleasure.


Paint It Black • Ruby Tuesday • Satisfaction Under My Thumb • Let’s Spend the Night Together Mother’s Little Helper • Backstreet Girl Last Time • Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby 19th Nervous Breakdown • As Tears Go By Honky Tonk Women • Miss You Get Off My Cloud • Jumpin’ Jack Flash Play With Fire • Before They Make Me Run Sympathy For The Devil • Tumblin’ Dice Wild Horses • Time Is On My Side



Edna Gundersen,USA TODAY, writes (excerpted from the article “Tributes can be the sincerest form of flattery”): Singer/guitarist/composers John Batdorf and James Lee Stanley stripped down Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby?, Under My Thumb and nine other Rolling Stones tunes into acoustic skeletons, confounding logic by rendering a subdued version of Let’s Spend the Night Together with former Monkee Peter Tork on guitar into a stirring affair. Batdorf and Stanley have turned the rock grooves inside out, adopted stylish arrangements and made no attempt to ape the originals, unveiling the elegance of the melodies and allowing radically new interpretations of songs long tattooed in boomer DNA. Paint it fresh.

Andy Robinson, in the “On Review” section of the Taylor Guitar Magazine Wood & Steel writes : If you’re not a Stones fan, the performances on All Wood and Stones cleverly frame the songs of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and draw you into them in a way that the original recordings might not. (Apparently, the folks at XM Satellite radio agree; in November 2004, they featured cuts from All Wood and Stones on four different programs.) My hat is off to John Batdorf and James Lee Stanley; this is one very cool album.

Mike Marrone, Host and Musical Director of The Loft on XM Radio, writes: Forget any preconceptions, just listen to this album. Our audiences are going crazy for All Wood and Stones. It is already in contention for our favorite recording of the year.

Barnes Newberry, DJ, [Highway 61 Revisited],writes: Boy, what a fine album you and John did! It is excellent. I love it and can’t get it off the cd player. When I aired Paint It Black this Saturday, the phones lit up. I think you’ve landed a winner here, brother!

Robert A. Lindquist, Publisher/Editor-In-Chief, Singer Magazine: The Voice of the Independent Musician and Songwriter, writes: To get the arrangements this right and this tight, Batdorf and Stanley took each song apart and basically started from scratch. The lyrics and melody lines are still very recognizable, but it’s almost as if the songs were written for them in the first place. It’s unpretentious and very genuine. If there’s ever an award for “Cover Song Collection of the Year,” this would be a shoo-in.

The supporting cast includes Timothy B. Schmidt, Laura Hall, Peter Tork and others.

Exquisite acoustic renditions of classic Rolling Stones songs

John Batdorf and James Lee Stanley have shared the stage with:

America Poco Doobie Brothers Hall and Oats Chicago Blood Sweat and Tears Jefferson Airplane Dave Mason Jackson Browne David Wilcox Al Stewart Bonnie Raitt Nicolette Larson Bill Cosby Youngbloods Jesse Colin Young Robin Williams Steven Wright Janis Ian Carly Simon Kris Kristofferson John Prine Boz Scaggs Peter Tork Earth Wind and Fire Eric Anderson Curtis Mayfield Billy Crystal Kenny Rankin Kenny Loggins Seals and Crofts Loggins and Messina Dan Fogelberg Van Morrison ELO Stevie Wonder Sly and the Family Stone Bee Gees …and many many more

Places John Batdorf and James Lee Stanley have performed include:

Universal Amphitheater Great American Music Hall Fox Warfield Theatre Carnegie Hall Cape Cod Melody Tent Freight and Salvage Troubadour The Point Bottom Line Symphony Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Atlanta Chastain Park Ash Grove Omni Theatre Chrysler Hall Oscar Meyer Theatre Summerfest Chicagofest Paramount, Seattle Paramount, Portland Eddies Attic Freight Room Tampa Theatre American Theatre Front Row Theatre Kent Stage Denver Opera House Felt Forum Los Angeles Coliseum Royce Hall Blossom Center Fine Line …and many many more
the free John Batdorf Apple application is now available to download!
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