John Batdorf & James Lee Stanley
Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)"All Wood and Stones II" CD release $18.50 advance / $20.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
July 31 8:00 pm

John Batdorf & James Lee StanleyTwo voices, two guitars, and the songs of the Rolling Stones – it’s an unexpected match, but a perfect fit when James Lee Stanley and John Batdorf collaborate on songs like “Paint It Black,” “Satisfaction,” and “Jumping Jack Flash.” In the words of USA Today, James and John 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.” These two old school Southern California musicians dig deep into the Stones’ songbook, uncovering forgotten gems and reinventing familiar classics. “To get the arrangements this right and this tight,” says Singer Magazine: The Voice of the Independent Musician and Songwriter, they “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.”
James and John have been part of the Southern California music scene since its heyday in the early 1970s. James recorded his first album in 1973 and since then he’s released close to 30 more, including the highly lauded Freelance Human Being. John was part of the popular duo Batdorf and Rodney and the group Silver. He and James released All Wood and Stones eight years ago, and now they’re back with All Wood and Stones II. Both collections feature dazzling guitar playing, luminous vocals, and ingenious arrangements. And if James is even half the story-teller he was when he first appeared at the Freight back when it was located on San Pablo Avenue, fans are in for some good laughs along with the great music!

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