Meredith Axelrod is a singer and multi instrumentalist who specializes in American roots music. As a solo artist, she has headlined her own shows at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood, CA, opened for the Cheap Suit Serenaders at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, opened for David Bromberg at the Sweetwater Music Hall, and toured as far as Australia and New Zealand. Because of her distinctive voice and style of singing, Meredith was featured on the weekly public radio series Voice Box with Chloe Veltman. Last year, Meredith was on staff and performed at Centrum Voice Works in Port Townsend. Also, she was on staff at California Coast Music Camp.
Meredith often partners with string virtuoso Craig Ventresco; they perform at venues and festivals which include the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the Freight & Salvage, the West Coast Ragtime Festival and the Blind Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival. She appears in various cooperations, with her own hot jazz band, her own string band, in partnership with string band solo act dynamo Frank Fairfield, and with jug band sensation Jim Kweskin. She has performed with performed with Dan Hicks, Maria Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur, Ramblin’ Jack Eliot, Cindy Cashdollar, David Grisman, Bill Keith, Terry Zwigoff, Robert Crumb, and the Cheap Suit Serenaders, at venues including The Great American Music Hall, the Freight and Salvage, and Jazz at Pearl’s, the San Francisco Festival of the Mandolins, as well as at the West Coast Ragtime Festival and the Blind Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival. She has toured domestically and internationally.
The common thread throughout Meredith’s repertoire is that, whatever the genre, blues, country, jazz, or pop, these are songs she learns from 78 records which were issued between the 1890s and the 1930s.
“Meredith Axelrod sings and plays guitar as if she really returned to the pre-mic days. We’re not talking revisionist copy of so and so from way back when; we’re talking as if we plucked an original out of the era and time-traveled her to bless us with a taste of who we were when we had guts.” – JL Stiles
“It takes more than passion to do what Meredith does. It takes guts; conviction. She is unflinchingly committed to authentic recreation of the tunes in her repertoire–swampy blues and early American roots music… [Upon listening] What I found was ear-opening. First, my instinct that she had faithfully reproduced the vocal qualities and string performances of this era was confirmed, and second, it compelled me to add to my library a whole new collection of rich, undeniably American, music.” – Gary Rametta