John Redell

John Redell


Freeform Guitar Music on a Classical, or hours and hours of cover/original Songs, mostly with a Bluesy feel or any number of Duo/Band combos. If you like Guitar, you will enjoy the ride...


John is on a Journey that is taking him to all 50 States and some other points of Interest around the World. Using his own Tuning while improvising never before heard pieces on a Classical Guitar, he intends to record a minimum of 100 CDs, 2 from each State. All the profits from the sales of any and all copies Created from 50 of the CDs, will go towards helping children with breathing disabilities. All the profits from selling any and all copies of the other 50 CDs, will go towards reforesting our Planet. More trees means better air, which should mean fewer breathing problems.

Sweet Lucy recording artist, John Redell, has been playing Guitar for over 4 decades. He grew up in Northern Kentucky in a time when Guitar Music was exploding all around him. Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Cream were a few of the heavy hitters of the day.

At the age of 12, a friend taught him “Tom Dooley” and he went home and played it for his Dad. The next day, his friend’s older brother taught him “Wild Wood Flower”. He went home and played that for him as well. This inspired his Dad, who went out the very next day and bought John a Gibson Melody Maker and an amp. The 1st Song he taught himself was “Purple Haze”.

From the time he was 17, he has been involved in Bands that focused on original and improvisational Music. Known mostly as a Teacher, which he has been doing since he was 21, he only performed live several times a year, till his recent stint with a Cincinnati based Irish/Celtic/Folk Band known as “the Flock”, which he considered himself Fortunate to be a member of for almost 4 years.

John has been involved with the Cincy Blues Society’s “Blues In The Schools” for 7 years. He does in-school Presentations and serves as Mentor to the overall BITS Program. As an outreach of BITS, he has also worked with a Jam for Kids, known as the “Under 21 Jam”, which is on standby at the moment.

His CD “Mercy”, filled with Pieces he Created on his Classical, runs the gamut of emotions as he takes you on a ride to the deeper regions of the Soul, where he draws from a Wellspring of Creative possibilities. His fingers glide over the strings in a myriad of dips and turns that carry the listener along, as he almost effortlessly weaves his way through a maze of tones and textures rarely pulled from a Classical Guitar.

The release of “Oasis of Love” in the fall of 2006, ushered in a new era for John’s Musical Odyssey. With a handful of cover Songs and a few of his own, interlaced with Masterful acoustic and electric Guitar Pieces, the story of Love found and Love lost, is told once again by someone who still Believes. His voice calls and beckons the listener to hear his Tale, to feel his Joy, to feel his angst, to sense his acceptance and experience his Hope of a better day.

Whether you are witnessing him summon new Pieces from the Universe or listening to him sing from the Heart, songs of Life and Love, you will find a Man who is comfortable with his instrument and himself. To him, Life is a Wondrous Adventure…

Cincinnati Bands over the last several years, other than "the Flock", have included “John Redell and the Company He Keeps”, “MC Blue”, “Out of the Myst”, “Shepherd’s Pi”, “the Bottom Line” and a 6 month crash course in the Blues with “Sweet Alice and the Unfinished Business Blues Band”. Currently on occasion, he performs with the Cincinnati based "Voodoo Blues Band", “the Chuck Land Band", “2 Days Away”, “Aaron Hedrick and the Working Class Villains” and “II Juicy”. And when the opportunity arises, he is also honored to join John Shoemaker with his Project, “The System of Infinite Possibilities".


"Oasis of Love", "Mercy", "the Oregon Trail", "Spirit", "She's Having a Baby", "Key West" to name several.

Beyond his own extensive library of recordings, he has recorded with “the Oinks” and “the Source”. Another 2 Projects that have just been released are the Flock’s, “That Last Blaze of Glory” and John Shoemaker’s, “The System of Infinite Possibilities”.

Set List

Crazy Love
Sky is Crying
The Blues Knows Where U R
Ain’t No sunshine
Sunshine’s Ballet
Little Wing
Red House
Close to You
You Are So Beautiful
Walking the Dog
I’m in the Mood

Johnny Be Goode
Rock Me Baby
Tuff Enuff
Pride and Joy
Thrill is Gone
Mile After Mile
Who’s Been Talking
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
Ridin’ the Wind

Baby, Whatcha Want Me to Do
Oasis of Love
Sweet Home Chicago
Cup of Tea
SRV Tribute
All Along the Watchtower
Sunshine’s Strut
When Love Comes Knocking
Please Call Me
Bring It On Home

Sea of Love
Love Me Two Times
Love Me
Looking Out The Window
Mustang Sally
When You Touch Me Baby
Let the Good times Roll
Long Neck Bottle
Mary Had a Little Lamb
After the Gold Rush
The House is a Rockin’

What a Wonderful World
The Letter
Fire and Rain
I Like the Way You Walk
Crawlin’ King Snake
Friend of the Devil
Are You Experienced
You Send Me
There’s a Place I Gotta Be
Mellow Yellow