Michael Batdorf – Singer Songwriter2018-10-16T13:34:15+00:00

SONGWRITER SINCE 1976

“Writers are born, not created.”  -Tim Campbell

Billboard Annual World Song Contest Honorable Mention • Larrivee Guitar Sponsored Artist • Easy Chair Recording Artist
10 Year Residency at Jackson Hole’s Historic Wort Hotel Silver Dollar Bar

2018

10/12 Rambling House (Columbus, Ohio)  6pm

10/15  Woodlands Tavern (Columbus, Ohio) 6pm

10/20  Above & Beyond Cafe (Pittsburgh, Pa.)  6pm

Southwest Tour  (solo)

4/20   Lander Bar (Lander, Wy)  8pm
4/21   Ten Sleep Brewery (Ten Sleep, Wy)  8pm

4/27   Stansbury House Concerts   (Salt Lake City, Utah)  7:30pm
4/28  Blu Pig   (Moab, Utah)   7pm
5/5    Granite Mountain Brewing   (Prescott, AZ)  7:30pm

5/7   Green Room (Flagstaff, AZ)  Time to be announced
5/11   St. Charles Tavern   (Tucson, AZ)   9pm

5/17  Gila Mimbres Community Radio Show  (Silver City, NM)  Time to be announced
5/17   Little Toad Creek Brewery   (Silver City, NM)   8pm
5/18   Truth or Consequences Brewery   (Truth or Consequences, NM)   8pm
5/24  Cowgirl   (Santa Fe, NM)   8pm
5/25  Kip’s Grill   (Pagosa Springs, CO)   6pm

5/26   Mancos Brewery (Mancos, CO)
5/31    Benson’s   (Salida, CO)   8pm

6/21   Music On Main   w/ One Ton Pig and John Fullbright  (Victor, Idaho)

6/22   Uncorked Wine Bar  w/ Katherine Taylor (Livingston, Montana)

6/24   JH LIVE   w/ Brother Wolf and Blitzen Trapper  (Jackson, Wyoming)

2018

6/21   Music On Main   w/ One Ton Pig and John Fullbright  (Victor, Idaho)

6/24   JH LIVE   w/ Brother Wolf and Blitzen Trapper  (Jackson, Wyoming)

2017

3/10  OUTWEST FEST (Jackson, Wy)  Solo
3/17 St. Pattys Day @ The Knotty Pine Celebration (Victor, ID)
3/25 Music Under the Tram (Teton Village, Wyoming) w/ OTP
4/8 Brewfest in Livingston (Livingston, Montana) w/ OTP
5/28 Tiny Deck Concert (Wilson, Wyoming) w/ Brother Wolf
6/9 Landtrust Benefit (Wilson, Wyoming) w/ One Ton Pig
7/2 Jackson Hole Live Festival Series (Brother Wolf opening for White Denim)
7/4 4th of July Celebration w/ One Ton Pig (Knotty Pine in Victor, Idaho)
7/20 Music on Main (Victor, Idaho) w/ One Ton Pig
8/11 Targhee Bluegrass Festival After Party (Trap Bar)  w/ One Ton Pig
12/1 Snow King Arena (w/ Brother Wolf)
12/2 Snow King Arena (w/ Brother Wolf)  Jackson, WY

Southwest Tour 

4/28 Burr Outpost (Boulder, Utah)
4/30 Blu Pig (Moab, Utah)
5/1 to 5/3 Bear’s Ears National Monument & The Dark Canyon Wilderness.  Keep it.
5/4 The Raven Cafe (Prescott, AZ)
5/6 Granite Brewing (Prescott, AZ)
5/6 to 5/10……..  Mazatal Wilderness.  Get Lost.
5/11 Monterey Court (Tucson, AZ)
5/12 The Owl Lounge (Tucson, AZ)
5/15 to 5/17…….   Gila Wilderness.  Don’t expect to find me.
5/18 Little Toad Creek Brewery (Silver City, NM)
5/19 Mineshaft Tavern (Madrid, NM)
5/20 Eskes (Taos, NM)
5/21 Cowgirl (Santa Fe, NM)
5/22 to 5/24 Chama Wilderness…….  Get it right.
5/25 Kip’s (Pagosa Springs, CO)
5/26 Blind Pig (Ft. Collins, CO) w/ Tyler T.
5/27 The Laughing Goat (Bouder, CO) w/ The Rayo Brothers

2016

Summer Shows

6/18 Beer, Brat and Bluegrass Festival (Evanston, WY)
6/19 Fandango Festival (Victor, Idaho)   W/ Brother Wolf (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dw4ig3F-aU)
7/23 Depot Park (Dillon, MT)
7/24 Tiny Deck Concert (Wilson, WY)     W/Brother Wolf
7/29  Songwriter’s Summit @ Townsquare Tavern (Jackson, WY)
8/4 Knotty Pine (Victor, ID)  James McMurtry after party
8/6 Snake River Rendezvous (W/ Elelphant Revival)
8/7 One Ton Pig w/ Legendary Travelin’ McCourys
9/16 Land Bar (Lander, WY)
10/6 Murray Bar (Livingston, MT)
10/14 Independent Brewing (Pittsburgh, PA)
10/15 Club Cafe (Pittsburgh, PA)

May Southwest Tour

5/6 Raven Cafe (Prescott, AZ)
5/8 Standing O House Concert (Albuquerque, NM)
5/14 Kipps Grill (Pagosa Springs, CO)
5/18 Buckhorn Saloon (Pinos Altos, NM)
5/20 Starlight Theatre (Terlingua, TX)
5/21 The Gage Hotel (Marathon, TX)
5/25 Lost Horse Saloon (Marfa, TX)
5/26 Cowgirl Cafe (Santa Fe, NM)
5/ 27 Eskes Brewery (Taos, NM)
5/28 Kinfolks (Manitou Springs, CO)

2015

Summer Shows

6/12 Contour Festival (Jackson Hole, Wy)
6/19 Dillon Ampitheatre (Dillon, CO)
6/20 Pugs Brewery (Dillon, CO)
7/4 4th of July celebration!!!!!!!!!  (Snow King Resort Jackson Hole, Wy) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05WR28fGktg
7/9  Music On Main (Victor, Idaho)     w/ Blitzentrapper
7/24  Depot Park (Dillon, MT)

May Southwest Solo Tour

5/3 George’s (St. George, Utah)
5/7 Mia’s Lounge (Flagstaff, AZ)
5/8 Raven Cafe (Prescott, AZ)
5/13 Buckhorn Saloon (Pinos Altos, NM)
5/15 Little Toad Creek Brewery (Silver City, NM)
5/16 La Cocina (Tucson, AZ)
5/17 The Quarry (Bisbee, AZ)
5/20 Cowgirl Cafe (Sante Fe, NM)
5/22 Adobe Bar (Taos, NM)
5/27 Kipps’s Bar (Pagosa Springs, CO)

2014

May Southwest Solo Tour

5/3 Eddie McStiff’s (Moab, Utah)
5/9 Raven Cafe (Prescott, Az)
5/17 La Cocina (Tucson, Az)
5/18 Little Toad Brewery & Distillery (Silver City, NM)
5/21 Duel Brewing (Santa Fe, NM)
5/22 The Mine Shaft Tavern (Los Cerrillos, NM)
5/23 Adobe Bar (Taos, NM)
5/24 Taos Mesa Brewing (Taos, NM)

March One Ton Pig Colorado Tour

2/28 Mark Ames Benefit @ Stagecoach Bar (Wilson, Wy)
3/6 Dornans (Moose, Wy)
3/7 Quixotes (Denver)
3/8 Avogadros (Ft. Collins)
3/9 The Pub (Winter Park)
3/10 TBA
3/11 TBA
3/12 Barkley’s Ballroom (Frisco)
3/13 Little Nel Chair 9 (Aspen)
3/14 The Goat (Keystone)
3/15 Carl’s Tavern (Steamboat)

2013


5/31 Lander Bar (Lander, Wy.)
6/1 Cody Civic Center (Cody, Wy.)
6/19 Barkley Ballroom (Frisco, Col.)
6/20 Carl’s Tavern (Steamboat Springs, Col.)
6/21 Bluegrass and Brew Festival (Dillon, Col.)
6/22  Pug Ryans (Dillon, Col.)
7/4  Jackson Hole Music Festival (Jackson, Wy.)  w/ Old Crow Medicine Show and Young Dubliners
8/9  Great Divide Music Festival (Rawlins, Wy.)

WINTER TOUR W/ ONE TON PIG        MARCH 1-10

3/1  Quixtoes (Denver)
3/2  Oskar Blues (Lyons, Col.)
3/3  Merchant’s Mile High (Denver)
3/4 Pug Ryans (Dillon, Col.)
3/5 The Pub (Winter Park, Col.)
3/6 Barkley Ballroom (Frisco, Col.)
3/7 Avos (Ft. Collins, Col.)
3/8  Carl’s Tavern (Steamboat Springs, Col.)
3/9 Lander Bar (Lander, Wy.)

2012

6/16   One Ton Pig  Plein Air Festival unplugged @ Wildlife Art Museum (Jackson, Wy)  11-2 pm
6/20   One Ton Pig  Landtrust Benefit (Jackson,Wy)
6/21   One Ton Pig  Jackson Hole Wine Auction (Teton Village, Couloir Bar)  6-9 pm ($100/ a ticket)
6/22   One Ton Pig  LYME FESTIVAL (Missoula, Montana)  3-5 pm
6/22   One Ton Pig  The Gravel Bar (Ennis, Montana)  930pm
6/26   One Ton Pig  CD RELEASE PARTY!!!!  (Silver Dollar Bar, Jackson, Wy)  730 pm
7/14   One Ton Pig  TARGHEE FESTIVAL  (Grand Targhee Resort, Wy)  12-1 pm  W/ Wood Brothers, Drive By Truckers, Railroad Earth, Toot & Maytals, Lucinda Williams, Josh Ritter, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, ect.
7/27   One Ton Pig  Teton County Fairgrounds Rodeo Arena (Jackson, Wy)  8pm
7/29   One Ton Pig  OYSTER RIDGE MUSIC FESTIVAL  (Kemmerer, Wy)  3-5 pm
8/14   Legendary One Ton Pig Show w/ The Traveling McCoury’s
8/31   One Ton Pig  Labor Less Festival (Cody, Wy)  6-8 pm
9/7     One Ton Pig  Black Pig Festival  (Town Square Tavern, Jackson, Wy)  Late!!

Tuesday Nights at the Silver Dollar bar – 7:30-11:30 pm  Jackson, Wyoming in the historic Wort Hotel with One Ton Pig. This is one of the longest musical traditions in Jackson Hole. The Tuesday night experience with the One Ton Pig has been a popular attraction for over 10 years. This is just a straight up party in one of Jackson’s oldest establishments. Come early and leave late!

Pendls Cafe – Downtown Driggs, Idaho (9am-11ish) Every Sunday through the summer. Another one of Teton Valley’s long standing traditions! People have been enjoying this experience for about 7 years. Michael often brings in guest songwriters and musicians from around the country. This is a laid back courtyard setting and like no other musical experience that you have had! Grab a coffee and some baked treats and listen to some acoustic music.  

SOLO ALBUMS

Michael Batdorf's Album Beyond The Mask
Michael Batdorf's Album Weather May Come
Michael Batdorf's Album Batdorf and the Brother Wolf
Michael Batdorf's Album Love Just Love
Or Listen on Spotify

ONE TON PIG

One Ton Pig's Latest Album Lastville
One Ton Pig's Album One Ton Pig
One Ton Pig's Album Big Norm
One Ton Pig's High On the Hog Album
Or Listen on Spotify

ABOUT MICHAEL BATDORF

Michael Batdorf Press 2018

A true “chameleon of song”, Michael blends genres and creates something uniquely his own.

Few songwriters can say they have had a $1.5 million showroom built for their music.  Michael’s Wyoming based band has packed the house every Tuesday night in Jackson Hole’s Historic Silver Dollar Bar for over 10 years and the owners enthusiastically accommodated the demand.  Fewer songwriters can say they have dedicated 15 years of their life to serving at-risk youth in a Wilderness Therapeutic Program.  Mix this all in with the landscape of Wyoming’s western Mountains and you get a snapshot of Michael’s unique muse.

Sometimes people have an obvious purpose in life that is pursued even as a youth.  Michael Batdorf received his first guitar at age 12 and started, immediately, writing his own songs.  After a few years, he began recording his creations in his own little studio, which had a huge impact on his craft in allowing him to explore the depths of a song beyond just a guitar and a voice.  Even before he acquired any musical equipment, Michael had taken an interest in lyrical study and writing.  His interest in poetry through early childhood led him to write words for his own songs.

As a young man growing up in the Midwest United States, Batdorf listened to Rock and Roll.  WIth an analytical and inquisitive nature, he traced the roots of this music he came to admire.  Michael discovered a world and history of American Folk Music.  (Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, etc.)  A deeper study would reveal a world history and evolution of music.  (West African, Irish Celtic, Native American, etc.)  Of course, as Michael discovered, one can’t study a music without understanding the people from which it comes.  (History, Philosophy, Stories, etc.)  This is quite an endeavor and mixing these genres and experiences to form one’s own style has become Batdorf’s life work.

Finding new musical direction, something that hasn’t been done, is not an easy task.  Michael studied music recording and music business at Middle Tennessee State University.  After leaving the Nashville area, he settled into the Tetons of western Wyoming and has committed to his songwriting craft.  He has released over a half dozen solo albums and several albums with other musicians.  Again, attaching himself to the stories of the people and the land around him, he has found a voice that is uniquely his own.  Add civic aim, philosophy, and environmentalism to a deep understanding of roots music and you come close the the experience of listening to one of Michael Batdorf’s songs.

Michael currently plays with 3 different bands that continually push him as a songwriter.  One Ton Pig, is a Bluegrass-Rock 6 piece based out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming and can be seen Tuesday nights at the Historic Wort Hotel Silverdollar Showroom.  Brother Wolf is Michael’s answer to his deep love for Jimi Hendrix and is a Blues-Rock Power-Quartet that plays through the inner Mountain West.  Easy Chair Trio is a Folk-World Sound trio that is based out of Southeast Ohio.

The 7 Marie Foundation

Michael has worked with at-risk youth for over 15 years in Wilderness Residential Programs. Music has been a major part of his care for these youth.

 

The 7 Marie Foundation is Michael’s effort to give as much as he can musically to this demographic.  It is a non-profit organization that has mostly been funded by Michael and a few gracious donations.  Music is the universal language that allows kids to find expression and experience shared emotions.  There are three components to 7 Marie Foundation.  The Tools for Trade component rebuilds instruments and puts them in the hands of kids that wouldn’t otherwise have that opportunity of expression.  The Ancestor Song component works directly with a school population and unites them in song, using their own words.  And the Place….   The 7 Marie will be a writers retreat where young writers, through an application process, can live closely with the natural surroundings and focus on their craft as writers.

Giving Youth A Sense Of Place Through Song

Children in schools and communities often struggle to find a common identity. When they have a legitimate fear of not feeling connected and have real difficulty trying to “fit in” or relate to others… We can turn to the arts to create a deeper meaning of what it is to be alive in a time and place. From all walks of life, we, as humans, have plenty to share and we should celebrate that any chance we get. Michael cuts and pastes words from all students about their backgrounds and families. Creating a song using their voices, he then performs it with the youth in a resonating experience.

  • Collaborative Writing Experience
  • Drums & Singing
  • Shared Performance
  • Recorded Final Project

Putting instruments in the hands of those that need them. One child.. One voice at a time.

Michael Batdorf received his first guitar when he was 12 years old. That turned out to be the exact voice he needed to express himself in this world. It has led to a lifelong endeavor of writing songs and sharing his music with people form all over the world. He has worked with “at-risk” youth for about 15 years. Homeless shelters, inner city youth, rural Wyoming children… He currently works for a Wilderness & Residential center in Western Wyoming.

This part of the non-profit program acquires instruments and puts them in the hands of children that wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to express themselves musically. In a time when arts are suffering in public schools, we need programs like this!!

Contact Michael

To get in touch about booking, giving to the 7 Marie Foundation, and all other inquiries, feel free to use this contact form, email easychairmusic (at) gmail.com or call 208-351-3274.