So... Rad was born in Rochester, NY the eldest son of Ann and Richard and since they lived in the inner city, when he started school he was in the unusual position of being one of only two white kids in the class, though in spite of being in the minority, he made a great deal of friends.
When Rad was eight his father got a job with Cornell in Ithaca N.Y. and much to Rad's dismay the family moved.
Pretty much from birth Rædwald has been exposed to an incredible variety of music; from classical and early music (really early, like 600 or so years old) to heavy metal and punk.
He would listen to his father's Beatles LPs (along with other groups from the 50s, 60s and 70s) for hours on end.
Since before they left
At sixteen Rad moved back to Rochester and lived with his Grandma Nancy for a time. While living there his uncle's girlfriend taught him chord progressions for Spanish and Mexican style guitar.
At eighteen Rad moved to Florida. In Florida he got to see lots of music shows from the Grateful Dead, and Bob Dylan to Cake and 311, however he did not perform much himself.
At twenty-two Rad moved back to Ithaca N.Y.
Back in Ithaca Rad met up with an old friend who introduced him to the works of the great old bluesman Bo Carter, and he learned the classic Drink and get Drunk Again. This sparked Rad's interest in old blues: he was drawn to the unique sound and personality of the songs.
It was not until sometime later that Rad began to dedicate himself to studies of blues guitar.
It came about because in March of 2006 he saw Doc Watson play in Ithaca, NY. At the time Rad was living and working in Syracuse and a friend at work told him about the show. After the concert Rad bought a CD and on this CD were many great songs including Deep River Blues: originally by the Delmore brothers, Doc had made a version for
After getting a repertoire together, Rad began going to open mikes and quickly got into the local music scene in Syracuse. He started with small gigs and played shows with a local band Kh'mi. Brian Francis, Kh'mi's lead, and Rad have similar styles and shared enthusiasms. He also met Colin Aberdeen who plays with a very popular local band Los Blancos. Colin shares Rad's enthusiasm for the old blues and they've become good friends. Rad lived in Rochester for several years, and gained quite a bit of popularity there playing solo and with several groups including Ancient Youth.
Rad now lives in Buffalo. He is still learning and developing his style and repertoire and writing and performing his own compositions and, whether he's playing a show or busking on the street, people are always drawn to the melodic music he plays.