“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, 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
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