John Batdorf has worn many musical hats over his career. In the 1970’s, he was part of the acoustic rock duo Batdorf & Rodney, which released three albums and toured with some of the era’s biggest names. He went on to write commercials and music for television shows, and has in the last few years has returned to releasing material under his own name, most recently the album Soundtrax 2 Recovery with Michael McLean.
This interview was for a preview article for Batdorf’s concert in Goleta, California on 2/8/14. It was done by email, with answers received on 1/20/14.
Ray Manzarek at the Sunset Strip Music Festival, House of Blues event honoring Motley Crue, 8/18/11 (L. Paul Mann photos, copyrighted and all rights reserved)
Photos by L. Paul Mann: Revolver Golden Gods Awards 2011, 4/20/11, Los Angeles, with Alice Cooper, William Shatner, many others