Photo by Kari Bedford
Bedford establishes himself as a songwriter in the tradition of musical icons ranging from Bill Morrissey to Woody Guthrie, casting individual people in the theater of the American landscape. A true son of the heartland, Bedford dips into the deep inkwell of classic American literature and writes with the ‘old soul’ quality of his literary idols, such as John Steinbeck and Toni Morrison.
In the past twelve years since the release of his first album, Bedford has played his songs for audiences all over the United States hitting notable venues such as The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Folkstage in Chicago, and the Fayetteville Roots Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas. His music has received extensive airplay on folk and roots radio in the U.S., as well as in Europe, taking him overseas on several occasions for concert dates on the continent and in the United Kingdom. Notable dates there include Izzy Young’s famed Folklore Centrum in Stockholm, Sweden, Toogenblik in Brussells, Belgium, and The Green Note in London, England. Bedford’s albums have charted highly on the Euro Americana charts and the Folk-DJ charts and his music has been played on National Public Radio’s Car Talk and featured in The Sounding Board, the official newsletter of the renowned C.F. Martin Guitar Company. In addition to independent terrestrial stations, Bedford’s music has received extensive airplay from syndicated programs such as “River City Folk” (syndicated by WFMT), “The Midnight Special” (syndicated by WFMT), BBC-Scotland, and the SIRIUS XM station “The Village”, all helping to gain Bedford a wider geographical audience.
In July of 2010, Bedford was named one of the “50 most significant Folk singer-songwriters of the past 50 years” by Rich Warren of WFMT-Chicago. The list also included Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Anais Mitchell, Joni Mitchell, and John Prine. In May of 2018, Bedford was named one of the six Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk winners at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas.
Bedford has recorded five studio albums: Lincoln's Man (2007), Land of the Shadows (2009), What We Lost (2012), The Pilot and the Flying Machine (2016), and The Hermit's Spyglass (2018). He will spend 2019 and 2020 touring in support of The Hermit's Spyglass.
John Batdorf is a singer-songwriter, solo artist, and one half of Las Vegas Rock and Roll Hall of Famers folk-rock duo, Batdorf & Rodney. He is also a successful film and TV composer, session vocalist, and inspirational musician in the substance recovery community.
In his five-decade career, Batdorf has worked with icons such as, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Clive Davis, Roger Birnbaum, Adele, James Horner, Jimmie Haskell, Bill Conti, Bob Ezrin, Tom Werman, Bill Halverson, America, Rod Stewart, Dave Mason, Donna Summer, Dwight Yoakum, David Lee Roth, and Motley Crüe, plus many others. In the realm of film and TV incidental music, he has lent his voice and compositional skills to beloved shows, such as Tom and Jerry Kids, Garfield and Friends, Touched by an Angel, Promised Land, Doctor, Doctor, and Book of Days. Most recently, Wham Bam, a hit by John’s band, Silver in 1976 is now part of the soundtrack to Guardians of The Galaxy ll. With legendary Utah-based singer, composer, and filmmaker, Michael McLean, under Batdorf & McLean, Batdorf has launched a unique substance abuse survival platform, and released the CD, Soundtrax2Recovery.
Batdorf has also released new music collaboratively with his old partner, Mark Rodney and with James Lee Stanley. Since 2004, he’s released seven solo albums on his own imprint, BATMAC MUSIC. His just released CD, Me and My Guitar is a handpicked, stellar 17 song collection of unplugged, rearranged, and completely re-imagined material John has recorded over 47 years.
"To me there's something special about a songwriter who in a few words paints pictures of unbelievable depth and clarity. Ben Bedford to me is something special!" (No Depression)
“Ben Bedford has proven himself to be a truly inspired and talented storyteller…” (Maverick-UK)
"Ben is a songwriter's songwriter."
“Melody Guy...profound yet ridiculous...hilariously sultry! The Berrnadette Peters of Americana music.” (Peter Shockey, Writer/Producer)
“Melody Guy is a world class singer songwriter. Her lyrics and melodies will weep and whine the stories about your life while your imagination wanders into little movies playing out the storyboard.”
(Mark Christian, guitarist, singer songwriter
for the band, Merle Jagger.)
Sweet and soulful is the sound of Nashville-based singer-songwriter, Steff Mahan. With a voice that is pure and powerful and lyrics that are heart-crafted and rock-solid, it’s hard to not get hooked on the emotional truth that comes out of this born songwriter’s mouth. Mahan's entertaining Americana mix of rock, roots, folk and country has generated five albums, including her most recent release, Where I'm Coming From.
Mahan has graced the stages of such notable venues as Atlanta's Eddie's Attic, Nashville's The Bluebird Cafe, NYC's The Bitter End, Charlotte's The Evening Muse, and Birmingham's Workplay Theater. She has shared the stage with Patty Griffin, The Indigo Girls, Tift Merritt, 10,000 Maniacs, Blame Sally, Holly Williams and Antigone Rising.
Equally at home performing on a festival stage in front of thousands of people, or tucked into the corner of an intimate private house concert, Mahan plays music because she loves it and because she wants to share this love with others. It is exactly this desire that allows her to captivate an audience, take them on an intimate tour of her music and stay long after her shows talking to everyone, and to call nearly every person she meets a friend.
Mahan is currently completing work on her new album - so stay tuned for updates!
A uniquely gifted songwriter and performer, Melody Guy continues to reach fans and inspire them to follow her through a life’s journey of love, loss and independent triumph of the spirit. Artists of varying genres have recorded her songs, from Sherrie Austin to Jesse James.
Guy currently tours as a troubadour, visiting fans and weaving tales that resonate with music lovers across a wide range of styles. Her live performances with her band have garnered even more attention, as she has shared the stage with Keith Urban, The Avett Brothers, Leon Russell and Tanya Tucker, where Melody earned a standing ovation at the famed Ryman Auditorium.
After achieving success with her last release, “Diamond on the Street,” Guy completed her long awaited, “Dry the Rivers” album, which was produced by musician and producer, Michael Webb and recorded in Nashville.
The current “Dry the Rivers” tour takes her from Tennessee to Portland, with stops throughout the Southwest and California.
Lydaco Music & Booking is pleased to represent these outstanding artists. To inquire about their availability, and/or to make an offer for a show, please contact Vicki at email@example.com.
"Simply a wicked cool singer/songwriter." (Nashville City Paper)
"Mahan is a very effective vocalist, but that’s telling you nothing you didn’t already know. Her emotions are front and center on the disc, but what truly shines even brighter here is the songwriting." (Chuck Dauphin, Music City News)
"Of the many songwriters to call Nashville home, Steff Mahan is arguably one of the most talented and most giving...She delivers soulful but sweet powerhouse tunes wrapped in a deliciously down to earth
alternative country style." (Out & About Magazine)