Concert Conversations hosts John Batdorf Nov. 13

John Batdorf will perform at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Mendelssohn PAC, 415 N. Church St. (Photo provided)

Staff Report

Concert Conversations will host another talented artist at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Reitsch Room inside Mendelssohn PAC, 415 N. Church St., Rockford. Note the different location for this event.

John Batdorf has spread his talents among multiple venues, and through the decades, his fans have remained loyal and still ask for more.

I have survived many careers in one lifetime,” says Batdorf, “starting with the ’70s as a recording artist with Batdorf and Rodney and Silver.”

Making records and touring this country and Canada for most of the ’70s, Batdorf & Rodney headlined many shows, and were the opening act for many groups including America, Seals and Crofts, Dan Fogelberg, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Fleetwood Mac and The Doobie Brothers, among others. Batdorf spent the ’80s as a staff songwriter writing songs for America, England Dan, The Curry Sisters and Kim Carnes, and as a studio singer singing on hundreds of jingles, movies and TV shows.

Then, in the ’90s, he started producing records and commercials. Batdorf scored a CBS show, Promised Land, and went on to compose all the music underscore for three years, after which he composed music for another CBS drama, Touched By An Angel.

In the new millennium, John 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. His 2008 CD, Still Burnin’, teams him up again with Mark Rodney.

In June 2009, John released his third solo CD, Old Man Dreamin’, which got rave reviews and extensive radio play and truly established him as a solo artist. In May 2011, Batdorf and Rodney were elected into the Las Vegas Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In fall 2011, John released arguably his finest solo, One Last Wish, and will be supporting the project all of 2012.

These “Recorded Live for Broadcast” sessions with the public invited, consist of a straight 70- to 80-minute set with no intermission. They are held on a weeknight starting at 5:30 p.m. in an acoustic room with seating limited to 80 people. Admission is $10 per person; arrive early to get a seat. Refreshments will be available including pie from Kate’s Pie Shop (

For information, call (815) 543-7627 or visit

From the Nov. 7-13, 2012, issue

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