About Me, (Myself, I), The Batz, Etc…
The band was created after me, (myself, & I), bassist/vocalist, Mike Esquire, left the band, THE BANGERS, to form a classic rock band, in 1986, which we named, THE BATZ. (*Mike came up with the name, “The Bats”, I agreed & suggested that we use a “Z” instead of an “S” at the end of the word.)
We settled on drummer Kevin Sons, & partnered with keyboardist, Michael McClean. After Michael McCleans death in a motorcycle accident, the band forged ahead with a number of 2nd guitarist, settling on guitarist/vocalist, Jimmy Chan.
I floated in, & out of the band, (I left due to my aversion to Mike’s control of the band, the songs we played, the direction we went, etc…). other guitarist replaced me, we re-formed, then broke up again, etc…….
After Jimmy left the band we forged ahead just the 3 of us, Mike, Me, & Kevin, as a trio, & had great success. (In our own minds!)
The best gigs were the ones, opening for various touring bands that came to play Portlands Iconic Key Largo nightclub. (The Premier club in downtown Portland at that time.)
The Batz were fortuned enough to open for Blues greats, Buddy Guy & Jr.Wells, (twice in one night as they played two shows!)
Another night it was opening for Bayou Lightning great, Lonnie Brooks. Then there was a great evening opening for Deacon Jones and his fabulous band. Wow!
Here are some pictures from that era:
The core group of The Batz, Paul Woodsong, Mike Esquire, & Kevin Sons, entered, KAOS Studio, here in Portland, in 1996 to record our one & only Cd, Stupidly entitled, “Sampler”. (No Comment.)
There are 13 songs on the Cd, 7 of which were Batz originals, and the other 6 were our versions of our favorite classic rock/blues songs. —————————————————————————————————-
In 2006, I recorded a collection of songs, & put out a Cd, entitled, “Eye of the Pyramid”. I played all the instruments recorded it initially on a 4-track cassette recorder, and then mastered on Pro Tools by Clark Salisbury. —————————————————————————————————–
Lately I’ve been writing songs, with an old friend, Greg Hafner, who is a bassist/vocalist, fledgling recording engineer, in Dallas, Tx. We record tracks, and send them back and forth digitally, and create songs. We call our effort, “SOMETHING FOUL”, as we tend to write about things that are FOUL in this world. Our website is: WWW.SOMETHINGFOUL.COM.
In my childhood I played Cornet from 4th grade through junior year in high school. (At the same time I picked up guitar, was influenced by The Beatles, & the rest of the great music of the 60’s.) I went to Junior High & High School, at Park Hill High School, Kansas City, Missouri. I was a member of the Concert, Marching, and Symphonic Bands. For three years in a row, 1968-1970, Park Hill High School bands were Number One in the midwest region, in all divisions: Marching Band. Street Marching Band. & Symphonic Band.
In 1968 & 1969 Park Hill High School Bands recorded 2 albums in 1968 & 1969. The songs were Marching Band songs, Toccata’s, Fugue’s, etc..
ON MY LAST NAME: MY ORIGINAL LAST NAME AT BIRTH WAS BAKER. I CHANGED IT TO WOODSONG IN 1976 AT THE URGING OF MY FUTURE BRIDE TO BE, MS. BEVERLIE.