West Cork Tuning
Noel Reddings album West Cork Tuning front (top) and back
To your average age music fan, English born Noel Redding needs no introduction. Most well known for his 3-year stint as the bass player in the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Noel continues to tour and record, carrying the torch as the on going spokesperson for The Experience. He also works in a promotional capacity for Fender Musical Instruments, who unveiled the signature "Noel Redding Jazz Bass" in 1997.
Noels career as a solo performer started while still touring with the Experience in 1969. Frustrated as a songwriter, he formed Fat Mattress during the early months of 1969 as a recording outlet, gaining an international major label deal with Polydor. Major exposure came fast for this new group, being the opening band on The Jimi Hendrix Experiences last world tour, with Noel doing double duty as the bass player for Jimi, and as lead vocalist / rhythm guitarist for Fat Mattress.
Being caught up in the swinging 60s music scene in London had its benefits. Through his associations with being in one of the worlds top groups, Noel has since recorded and or performed with the likes of Jeff Beck, Keith Moon, John Paul Jones, and Jimmy Page to name a few. These relationships continue to this day with recent projects and dates being completed with members of the Kinks, Thin Lizzy, Traffic, Mountain and many others.
Currently Noel continues to play both sides of his musical past, fronting an R n B type music revue (with horn section) as lead singer / rhythm guitarist, while also switching to bass guitar and revisiting several classic Experience hits. While performing in the USA, Noel is backed by San Francisco quintet 3:05 AM, known for past associations with David Grissman and Rough Trade (UK/Europe/North America) recording artists The Ophelias.
Also releasing a series of major label solo LPs in the 1970s, Noel Redding was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1992.
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