John Batdorf, this week’s featured artist within the Central Oregon Artistic Artists Aid Effort, was placing the ultimate touches on a brand new album when the pandemic struck. Evidently, his deliberate supporting tour was canceled. With time on his fingers and the world altering round him, Batdorf began writing. “It was a optimistic factor artistically, not so nice for the world healthwise,” he stated.
“But it surely was nice that I used to be capable of write a track, which ended up being ‘Final Summer time,’ which (was) the identify of the CD. And it’s only a track about our struggles with what was happening at the moment … and the way we simply hoped it could return to the way in which it was once.”
Regardless of that, Batdorf is aware of there’s in all probability no going again to precisely the way in which issues have been earlier than.
Eagle Crest resident Batdorf, identified for his work with folk-rock duo Batdorf & Rodney and band Silver, has performed music professionally because the ’70s. However he had by no means seen something like COVID-19 and the impact it had on the music business and life on the whole.
“Even my children that have been 34 when it first occurred and 35 now, they only saved asking, ‘Have you ever ever seen something like this earlier than?’” Batdorf stated. “, as a result of normally you may say, ‘I bear in mind when that occurred earlier than, and we have been capable of blah blah blah.’ Effectively this was so bizarre, and no one knew it appeared like to start with, clearly as a result of it was so new to the world. And the way in which it escalated was actually scary. We have been fortunate that we reside right here in a little bit of an remoted place, though it did find yourself hitting Deschutes County fairly onerous there for a few months.”
“Final Summer time” got here out in June, and Batdorf performed three on-line reveals final yr — not fairly the deluge that different artists have performed. He additionally performed an outside present at Religion, Hope & Charity Vineyards.
“I simply spent the summer season being outdoors, fishing and enjoying pickleball,” he stated. “I didn’t have any want to put in writing or sing. I did a couple of on-line concert events. However then in November, I used to be impressed and I began on this little writing spree.”
That resulted within the six-song EP, “An Extraordinary Atypical Life,” which Batdorf launched in March. He wrote the EP with assist from longtime songwriting collaborator Michael McLean, who additionally co-wrote the track “Final Summer time.”
Batdorf is in talks to play a restricted capability, socially distanced present on the Tower Theatre someday in Might. “I wish to begin enjoying in entrance of actual faces and never simply a pc display screen,” he stated.
He’s glad to see CO CAREs stepping as much as assist working musicians.
“It’s like this in every single place; not one of the venues might be open,” he stated. “And all of the those that play, particularly the those that play within the espresso retailers or play within the native breweries, they’re depending on these nightly gigs. It’s going to be devastating for them.”