James Tristan Redding is a singer-songwriter in the tradition of American narrative songs, putting poignant and sometimes whimsical lyrics to accessible and memorable melodies.
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Redding was raised in the mid-west by British parents, completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and proceeded to write, record, and tour as vocalist and guitarist for the indie alt.-country group Union Pulse (2002-2012). Now in his 30's, James has added the role of producer to the list of jobs he does well. With a home studio and over ten years of experience in the music industry, Redding is methodically building a catalog of original, solo material written and recorded on his own.
Live music performance is what I live for. I have a million stories. Come find me in person, ask me about them, I love to share. But bring stories of your own, to trade! Please.
Death Cab for Cutie
Iron & Wine
Lacy J. Dalton
Loudon Wainwright III
Mumford & Sons
The Avett Brothers
The J. Geils Band
The Rolling Stones
Townes Van Zandt
I play a Martin 000-15 parlor sized steel string acoustic guitar with (usually) 6 strings. I sing through a Shure SM-58 that someone amazing gave me. I record with an old Rode NT1 condenser microphone from Australia, an eBay find from a priest in Pennsylvania. My home recording interface is an Audio Kontrol 1 which I purchased from Music Go Round, and I use "Reaper" multi-track recording software on a MacBook Pro. I engineered, mixed, and produced my first album on my own, and Trevor Sadler mastered it.
Parakeet feat. Antelope rope. Centipede speed. Dinosaur lore. Whippoorwill bill. Octopi rye.