I am a musician and songwriter (primarily guitar and mandolin, but with amateur forays into banjo, fiddle, concertina, percussion and keyboard), jammer and jam host, recording engineer, producer, studio mole and occasional performer.

When I perform solo, I'm hank49. When friends accompany me, we're hank49 and Loose Canon. Loose Canon is an ever shifting assembly of fellow musicians including Tom Edwards, Mitch Prevatte, Brian Chaney, Kevin Chaney, Lena and Jason Redding, Bronson Shanahan, Robert Darlington, Dave Eske, Johnny Decker, John O'hara, John Seay and more.
NEWS   Newest additions: Studio multi-track version of "Really Gone", recorded just yesterday (August 1, 2011), with me (so far) playing all instruments.

A few tracks from Deckerfest 2011 - Live versions of "Really Gone (Live at Deckerfest 2011), "Goodnight Irene" by Leadbelly and "Should Be, Could Be" - a charming song by local artist Adam Fisher.

And studio multi-track versions of my "Shaking My Head" and "You And Me" with lead guitar and harp by Robert Darlington.
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Do you play live?
I perform in and around Baltimore Maryland. Recently my favorite venues are the Gordon Center and The Unitarian Universalist Chuch of Fallston. But it once was The Cup coffeehouse in Belair, MD (since changed hands). I also like Huckleberry's in Abingdon, MD.

I usually get pretty good sound and audio recordings when I am in charge of the sound setup. I recorded a show at UU Fallston last December which yielded, after post production and some mastering, several very nice recordings of excellent local performers including Laurie Ballantine and Karen Oliver, as well as Hank49 and Loose Canon (yours truly).
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
The internet shows great promise in cutting out or at least minimizing the middle man role, best exemplified by the now waning influence of the record companies.

This allows a closer relationship between artist and listener and can help to assure that artists get nearly all of any money paid for their work. It's been a long time comin'.

If anyone is interested in licensing any of my work, please contact me via email.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Sure, I'd consider it. Perhaps the day will come when such labels are obsolete but even now as technology continues to change the musical landscape, such contracts still have advantages.
Your influences?
Everyone and everything I have ever heard is an influence one way or the other.
Favorite spot?
Between the toes.
Equipment used:
Martin D15 Mahogony, Guild D50, and Taylor 410CE acoustic guitars. Fender Strat and Telecaster, Gibson ES345 and Guild Starfire II electric guitars. Ovation acoustic bass; Ibanez electric bass. Fender, Rhaphsody and Michael Kelly mandolins; Honor concertina, Palatino fiddle and a Tennessee Crafters resonator.

Mackie and Yamaha mixing and Tascam recording eq along with Windows PC based recording and editing hardware and software.

ART, Lexicon, Behringer, Fishman, Digitech, Morley, BBE and Yamaha signal processors.

Crown power amp, Yamaha S115V speakers and Stagepass300 portable PA.
Anything else...?
Right hand, left hand, both ears, pineal gland when available, at least one foot, instinct, inspiration, luck, both sides of the brain and my voice, such that it is.
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My new song as of September, 2014 performed by The Horrified Bystanders, unspeakably live at Witcraft Manor during the "Gin House Jam" jam session of September 13, 2014. Michael Redding on main vocals and guitar, Robert Darlington and Brian Chaney on
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Classic by Son House. Recorded one-take-live on my front porch on June 24, 2014, using an iPhone and a Zoom accessory input microphone device. Post audio editing by the hankster.
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Leadbelly's great Americana homicide song about a dog who's had his day, here reinterpreted entirely live on June 6, 2014. Yes, it's the third of three versions posted here, just because I like it.
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Instrumental, sans fiddle and bass, with apologies to Steve Earle and all concerned - from Steve's "Sidetracks".
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A great great song by Guy Clark. Me and the boys kicking around for the first time.
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Great, truthful, down to earth song by John Mellencamp, here redone with both reverence and apology by Loose Canon, May 10, 2014.
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A song by Ryan Harvey, an activist songwriter and performer, about why he and others carry on the tradition of Woody Guthry, Phil Ochs, Victor Jara, Tom Morello and more....
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Loose Canon jamming on a Ryan Harvey tune, from our "Happy Ending" jam of June 7, 2014.
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A song by friend John O'Hara, performed here by Loose Canon at some point several years ago.
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Uploaded on St Patrick's Day, 2014. Dead Man's Shoes, a song of human history, lineage and connection - an offer you can't refuse. From "Satisfied", March 15, 2014.
A SoundClick Top 50 song
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From "Satisfied" - Loose Canon jam of March 15th, 2014. Recorded, as usual unflinchingly live, with Robert Darlington: Guitar, Voclas; Brian Chaney: Guitar, Vocals, Chuck Joseph: Bass; Mike Redding, Guitars, Mandolin, Vocals, engineering.
A SoundClick Top 100 song
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Alienation. Self destruction. Don't try this at home kids - you just disappear.
A SoundClick Top 100 song
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Brand new mix (January 31, 2011) with added lead guitar and harp parts by Robert Darlington. Song, vocals, Drum box, 2 Telecaster tracks, Taylor acoustic, Tennessee Crafters resonator guitar, Ibanez bass, shakers - Mike Redding.
A SoundClick Top 100 song
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Current Events 101, 2011. New mix as of April 19, 2011 with new tracks by Bob Darlington (leads) and hank49 - new electric part also.
A SoundClick Top 100 song
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Leadbelly's great Americana homicide song about a dog who's had his day, here reinterpreted entirely live on February 8, 2014.
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Newest original - a new mix as of January 10, 2010. An autobiography.
A SoundClick Top 100 song
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That's just the way it is. Solo rough demo take of my newest song.
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Let's get metasphysical, baby.
A SoundClick #1 song
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Brand new take recorded on March 7th, 2009. A Folk Blues with a 13th feel in the lower register utilizing the key's flatted fifth throughout. The bridge's chord movements are especially interesting.
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Drop D e-string and nobody gets hurt.
A SoundClick Top 10 song
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From the "Week's Worth Of Gravy" jam session of November 21, 2009 - WILD ABOUT MY LOVIN' - I can't find a definitive author for this, but John Sebastion did it after Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band (1963) and after Jim Jackson (1928).
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Leadbelly's great Americana homicide song about a dog who's had his day.
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The timeless traditional song in contemporary practice. Enjoy. Loose Canon, recorded entirely live December 14, 2013.
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Robert Darlington's tender and precious song, here redone by Michael Redding, Brian Chaney and Bob Darlinton from the "Seriosly" Loose Canon jam of December 14, 2013.
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Another live jam - cover song, This time from OCMS - their version of "Wagon Wheel", reverently imitated, one hopes. From Loose Canon's "It'll Come To You" Jam at Witcraft Manor, recorded live by John Bachelor on the evening of July 27, 2013.
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A perfect song by John Prine, a master.
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The classic by Huddie Ledbetter, redone at the Mixed Company jam of November 30, 2013. Myself, Bob Darlington and Loose Canon's Brian Chaney and Chuck Joseph. John Bachelor on the board.
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What's old is new again. From the "Smiling Ears" jam at Witcraft Manor on January 19, 2013. Recorded entirely live. Good historical perspective here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_What_It%27s_Worth_%28Buffalo_Springfield_song%29
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This take is from our jam of November 9, 2013, totally on a whim. Ian Tyson's song recycled. Recorded unflinchingly live and spontaneous - after one run-through - at Witcraft Manor.
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From the "Drunks And Deceivers" Loose Canon jam of October 26, 2013. Engineered by John Bachelor. Post production by hank49. The folk trio at fault listed below.
A SoundClick Top 100 song
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Loose Canon jam session take - off the cuff from the Summer In The City jam title. Mike Redding - guitar and nasal vocals (coming off some crud), Bob Darlington and Brian Chaney - guitar, Chuck Joseph - acoustic bass.
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Loose Canon jam session take - off the cuff from the Summer In The City jam title.
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From Loose Canon's "It'll Come To You" jam of July 27, 2013.
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Another live jam--original song this time from Loose Canon's "It'll Come To You" Jam at Witcraft Manor, recorded live by John Bachelor the evening of July 27, 2013. There is also posted here a multitrack and another jam version, somewhere...
A SoundClick Top 50 song
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Another live jam - cover song, attributed to Memphis Slim AFAIK. Possibly the 3rd time we've jammed on his one. 'First heard it by Tab Benoit on a compilation album which turned up as a result of a spotify search for Reverend Gary Davis.
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"Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do". 'Should be a uniting message these days, I'd think. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ain%27t_Nobody%27s_Business
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Dead Man's Shoes, a song of human history, lineage and connection that cannot be refused. This song is still developing - I might make a few structural changes yet. But the basics are here from a jam last night. "June Moon Croon", June 15, 2013
A SoundClick Top 50 song
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Jimmy Reed's classic, here recorded, once again with gusto but with respect @ the "Fits And Starts" jam of 04/27/13 jam of April 13, 2013
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A Townes Van Zandt song, covered also by Steve Earle on his release "Townes".
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From Fits And Starts", April 27, 2013 at Witcraft Manor. Mike Redding - Engineering, vocals, guitars and mandolin. Robert Darlington - Vocals, guitar, harp. Chuck Joseph - Upright Acoustic Bass. Brian Chaney - Guitar, vocals. Ron Clark - Percussion
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Jimmy Reed's classic, here recorded with respect unabashedly live at Witcraft Manor's "Hook, Line and Fingers" jam of April 13, 2013
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Cover of the Donovan P. Leitch version from Hook, Line and Fingers - jam session April 13, 2013 at Witcraft Manor
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From Old Crow Medicine Show - possibly original from there or perhaps an older song re-channeled.
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Rolling And Tumbling (From Brand New Spring). Recorded live March 23, 2013. Structurally, it's not the most faithful version, but it does clip along.
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This song revolves around the unspecified imagery of a monkey on a man's back, to whom he sings. Recorded live March 23, 2013.
A SoundClick Top 100 song
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"How Long Blues" and is a blues standard that has been recorded by many artists, not only in blues, but also country and western, pop, and jazz.
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First take of a simple yet lovely song - "The Crooked Line" by Elvis Costello. Smiling Ears Jam @ Witcraft Manor, January 19th, 2013
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"I Felt The Chill Before The Winter Came" another cover song by Elvis Costello. This is songwriting folks, and while it's beautiful, and beautifully perfect, it ain't pretty. Of course I cannot do the original justice, but it's a great song.
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Fantastic MR 49!!
play hi-fi  commenting How Long?
Thanks, Brian.
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Another fine ditty!
play hi-fi  commenting Rank Stranger
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Hey hank, I think this is a pretty strong song. Lots of energy and generally fine work as the others from the Happy Horsh!t session
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Always enjoy anything from Steve Earle. Great effort on this one!
play hi-fi  commenting I'm Satisfied
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Saw this song on the charts near one of mine. Love the guitar playing. You are really good! Nice blending of the 2 guitars...well done!
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Great song,Mike! Very well put together, played and sung. I listened to a couple of songs. Some good music here. I'll be back to listen to more when I have more time. Tks.

02/22...just gave this tune another listen. Some great playing there... Like the way each instrument is distinctive and clean. It's a real catchy song and has really good lyrics and a nice moving flow to it. This is a very good,solid song! Tks for sharing it.
play hi-fi  commenting Really Gone
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Great tune here, I like it.

See you on unsigned/facebook!
play hi-fi  commenting Shakin' My Head
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Hiya Mike

"Feeling only half dead, so I guess I’m OK"

Know the feeling, who doesn´t once you´re, say...., over 35 or so....

I like what I hear. Folky, country, old time colors, Nawlins rollin´ feel. All instruments masterfully played, outstanding lyrics, great vocal performance.
I love it.
This is wonderful music. Gotta get this on one of my statios!

Congrats from Frankfurt
play hi-fi  commenting Summertime - from
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Awesome Hank. Love this version.
play hi-fi  commenting Up In Flames
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Great song Hank!
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Hank, this is awesome!

Wonderful production, smooth jazzy lazy mood here! Great winter lyrics (MAN IT IS COLD HERE THIS YEAR, TOO!!!!!)
Great singing goes with the lyrics. Recording, especially of vocals and guitars is just WOW! Pro all the way.
And yes, I like it the way it is, too (without chorus)
Nice harp solo, good idea to bring in another instrument.
Love it!

Congrats from Frankfurt
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Hi again, Hank, sorry for the delay.

Fine pickin´here once more. Anybody who wants to learn how it works, well, they should definitely call you....
Love it

Very good lyrics, a good solid story and hey. Your singing keeps getting better.
Very nice, very American. I like this a lot!

Thank you for sharing
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Hank this is a great piece and I kind of don´t know why you call it a DEMO because to me this sounds rather finished.
First of all you have a wonderful and down to earth poem. Yes indeed, it´s just a wink of the eye in the end!

Great rhtyhmic and tonal changes here, you really know how to play this guitar, and also how to record it. Sounds great.
Your voice seems to treat the lyrics just as it should be.
There might be some minor pitch issues here, but hey: Think of Bob Dylan, did he ever care for appropriate intonation? And does he have an audience.
What I´m talking about is originality, and you got tons of it here.
So, honestly, just quit calling it a DEMO and in my view we´re all set....

big grin :D

Congrats, great song!

Andreas
I'd like to thank everyone for their comments here. I like knowing that someone is listening sometime!

All the best to everyone.