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So you think you've heard The Stones?

Be prepared to hear them anew. James Lee Stanley and John Batdorf take eleven songs that you've heard backwards and forwards, strip them bare and breathe life into them. If you think that taking an old school rocker like "19th Nervous Breakdown" or "Satisfaction" down to its skeleton robs it of its vitality, then you need to hear "All Wood And Stones."

Even pared to the essence, the slinky slide guitar from Little Feat's Paul Barrere makes "Satisfaction" instantly recognizable. Same for the extended introduction that opens the album for "Paint It Black." The playing is top notch, and the vocals will make you aware of just how melodic some of the best Jagger/Richards songs truly are.

"All Wood And Stones" is also a reminder that good songs and real musical prowess never fades away. There isn't a bum moment to be found from James Lee Stanley and John Batdorf on this disc, and if factory preset music and lip-synching moppets that can't hold a note have got you down, this disc will give you much musical "Satisfaction."


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

John Batdorf was born in Springfield, OH on March 26, 1952 and musically it all came together for him in the '60s when he saw the Beatles. He knew at that moment that music was what he was meant to do. Self-taught, except for a year of sight-singing courses in 1983 at the Dick Grove School of Music, his earliest musical influences were his dad and uncle, but it was the British Invasion that he says "changed everything for me." His father, Jack Batdorf, was a musician and young John performed with...
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