BIO

“Meredith Axelrod, singer and partner in crime with Craig Ventresco, 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

Meredith Axelrod  is a singer of early jazz and pre-1930s American pop music.  As a guitarist, her playing explodes with energy and vintage rhythms. She has performed with Dan Hicks, Maria Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, Jeff Muldaur, Ramblin’ Jack Eliot, Cindy Cashdollar, David Grisman, Bill Keith, Terry Zwigoff, Robert Crumb, the Cheap Suit Serenaders, and Craig Ventresco, and at venues around the United States and internationally, 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, and has a few acts:

1. hillbilly 1920s and 1930s country / americana types of things – she sings, plays guitar, cello, kazoo, and jug in The Get Happy String Band 860209_10200530969418434_279280961_o (1)

1b. jug bands, which shouldn’t be a category; they’re just string bands that happen to have a jug in them

2. early jazz

2b. 1920s pop

3. ragtime and ragtime-contemporary-pop.  

4. solo act


14 Comments on “BIO”

  1. Robin says:

    Meredith, you are, without doubt, a treasure!
    Keep playing and singing; you’re spreading a lot of happiness around

  2. Ann says:

    You’re amazing! I heard you about a week ago at Cafe Divine and was in awe of your voice! Unfortunately I was in a hurry and there for take out, so I didn’t get to stay and enjoy. Tonight I randomly brought out of town friends to Cafe Divine for dinner and was telling them about the singer I’d heard with the haunting voice…and there you appeared! We thoroughly enjoyed the unexpected pleasure of your performance! Please start selling your CDs online — that won’t lessen your live audience, but it will help your fans spread the word!

  3. Mark Cooper says:

    I saw you perform at the Freight and Salvage tonight. Your voice and smile are so honest and positive. I felt so uplifted after hearing you. Thank you for your performance.

  4. ..What a truly wonderful show you two put on last night at Boulevard Music in Culver City. You are my hero! I feel I’ve finally met the perfect woman,, and if you weren’t already in a relationship I would be stalking you as fast as an arthritic hip would allow.
    (..seriously there is nothing wrong with my hip.. it’s every thing else that could use replacing.)
    Please come back to Southern Cal soon.. although I know you residents of the bay area look upon us the way the residents of Beverly Hills look upon Tijuana. None the less a great many of us would be delighted to see you again, oh woman of my dreams..
    (..here’s a link to a song that would hardly fit your repertoire.. but might fancy your tickle… ..enjoy?)
    http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/f1a78280b8/was-it-good-for-you-too

  5. CL Tree says:

    Saw you at the Freight and Salvage last night for the first time … what a treat … I’m still smiling this morning. Can’t wait to load your cd onto my ipod and hear more of your songs!

  6. Nic Farra says:

    http://vinylespassion.tumblr.com/image/6090959324
    http://vinylespassion.tumblr.com/image/6090950579

    I heard you play in Lyttelton at the Harbourlight, and dang me I should bought and bought, if not your guitar, then certainly your CDs. The Harbourlight is no longer standing, alas, due to the earthquake, but the memory of all that, they can’t take that away from me.

    Nic


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