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Jack Redell


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"Denver Best of Westword"

Jack Redell is an American classic in the making. Some day, folks will speak of Redell's time here with a reverence generally reserved for Tom Waits and Jack Kerouac ... And since last year's brilliant, full-length release, Famous American, the prolific troubador has written two binders full of unreleased songs. He has a haunting storytelling ability that recalls Nebraska-era Springsteen delivered with the fierce conviction of a young Johnny Cash and the timbre of Jay Farrar. - Westword

"Orphanage Road"

The Late Jack Redell isn’t dead and gone like he wants you to believe. Orphanage Road, Redell’s sophomore album, tips its black hat to the fact that the wandering troubadour is in fact still on his feet, up around the next bend.

A gritty album, Orphanage Road shows the late, great Redell flickering in the blue burn of candlelight, between his signature hushed vocals and the driving ride of the mythical Valkyries. In the pages of this album Redell keeps the earth shaking with the heat of hooves – if not straight away, then deep behind, in the dark stars of night.

Always, always the Valkyries are storming down Orphanage Road.

In total, the album is a wondrous Corps of Discovery. In “Forty-four” Redell stands on his toes like a prizefighter, ready to lengthen his gait, increase his pace; spur the horses into a wild and dusty gallop to reclaim what only a man can. Forever wandering, Redell’s “Stopping-off Place” is a knoll on the grassy sweep of the Colorado plains; the one stop in his protracted journey from the Carolinas where you can see Redell peering up and into the jagged eruption of the Rocky Mountains. “Tomorrow the Smoke and the Tide” is sweet and pocked with craters of the wild and windswept fervor of war and love.

In-between the chapters of the album’s tale, Redell employs haunting, marching instrumentals that salute the ghostly soldiers of battles never catalogued by history. And this is where most of Orphanage Road lives: Weaving in and out of narratives – leaving the listener to wonder if everything is Redell, or you and me and the stories we inherited from our sepia ancestors. In this, all of Redell’s characters seem to be coming or going to some pane’s gray kind of place – to engorge a river’s canyon, or homestead in some great and tall metal city.

Enlisting some of Denver’s most notable musicians Redell thickened the campfire swell of his album’s allure (included was Born in the Flood’s Nathaniel Rateliff, Joseph Pope III and Matt Fox; as well as musicians John William Davis and Gann Matthews, to name a few). In this military assortment, the instrumentation roves from the terrifying to the inexplicably gorgeous. Forever savvy, Redell enabled himself through his collaborations to color Orphanage Road with the entire spectrum of the human condition: Cavernous holes in canyon rock, and even fingers of sun swirling in the evening sky can be seen, and felt.

In all, the Late Jack Redell has managed to create the kind of mystique and legend that was born into the American experience by living rough around the edges of the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains.

Wandering, wandering, ever to come home – we are all orphaned at some point in our lives. - www.denversyntax.com


Famous American, 2004
Orphanage Road, 2006



Born and raised in the Kentucky outskirts of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jack Redell seemed to inherit the disparate and often incongruous cultures of sound flowing from the river town. As the Queen City herself is a crossroads of American history and ideologies, such is the self-understanding of her inhabitants. Early on, Redell came to know blues, jazz, country, folk, and bluegrass music to be of one denomination, and consequently developed sensibilities only available to a young man at such a crossing. But it was song and songwriters specifically that truly piqued his interest. Writers who with one voice and one guitar could generate an entire work of fiction became his sole focus. Admiring the emotional depth of Townes Van Zandt, the honesty of Greg Brown, and the narrative sophistication of Joe Henry, Redell honed his songwriting chops with these qualities as a first principle. The result of this undertaking is a form of the written song that bestows a desire to take what is heard as a lover, to know her in her many lights and moods.

Jack Redell began performing while living in Denver, CO. After his first album, Famous American, was released in 2004, Westword awarded him the sought-after Best Singer-Songwriter honor, hailing him "an American classic in the making." Sensing it was time, he hit the studio for a year co-producing the Strong Hands album for Judith Avers (Denver's best Singer-Songwriter 2005) and undertaking his own effort, Orphanage Road. While completing the recording sessions for Orphanage Road, Redell co-founded Satire Records, an independent collective designed to assist and cultivate the careers of American Roots songwriters. In 2006, Redell returned to Cincinnati and currently tours extensively.

Jack Redell has performed with Dwight Yoakam, David Wilcox, Chris Knight, Carbonleaf, and Little Charlie and the Nightcats, among others.