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Born in the Rolling Hills of Warwick, New York, John Reddan was highly influenced by the blues and classic rock music throughout his upbringing as a child. John started playing the guitar at the age of nine, consistently trying to hone his skills. Over the years, he has had many great opportunities to work and play with some of the best musicians that music has to offer. His first guitar teacher early on was Guitarist, Jim Kunkel, one of music’s true hidden treasures. A transition later came after meeting Ronnie Earl after a show. Earl encouraged John to study with Chris Vitarello, one of blues finest guitar players.
As a young blossoming musician, the records of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s influenced John, having heard just about every classic song there was growing up. This included bands such as The Allman Brothers, B.B. King, and Jimi Hendrix. His parents would fill the house with this influential music regularly.
John later studied music in high school. Since the school did not offer guitar in band, John took up playing drums and percussion. This was a skill at the time that he would underrate, finding out years later how much it would help his sense of time and rhythm. During this period, John would spend his summers studying guitar at the National Guitar Workshop in New Milford, Connecticut.
When he finally reached college, John went on to study with Jazz pianist, Chris Parker. He thought he might be interested in moving to New Orleans, hoping to study music at The University of New Orleans. John took his first trek across America on a greyhound bus to possibly study with Jazz pianist, Ellis Marsalis. Marsalis is considered one of the premier pianists in modern jazz and a stellar music teacher.
Upon coming back to New York he walked into a bar and met international blues musician, Bill Perry, who had passed by his way many times before. Perry encouraged John to come on stage and play. After playing together one time, Perry asked John if he would be interested in taking a trip to the Midwest to play rhythm guitar with the Bill Perry Band. After that first trip, Perry offered John the gig fulltime. Soon after, John had become a mainstay having played with Perry for five years. They would travel as far as New Mexico to Poland, bringing Bill Perry’s high-energy psychedelic blues to the people. Between trips, John would give private guitar lessons both at home and also in a music school setting.
John has become a truly gifted talent at playing guitar, ukulele, mandolin, lap steel and singing. John also writes his own array of music. After Bill Perry’s passing in late 2007 John has been busy working on stretching his skills as a musician and as a person. John teamed up with his drummer brother, Chris, forming the Reddan Brothers Band in the winter of 2008. Since 2012, John has also been performing solo acoustic gigs throughout the tri-state area. He continues to study piano and voice all the while perfecting his guitar skills. He enjoys teaching music to students of all ages that are looking to broaden their horizons in the music field.