Krister Axel

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Background information
Birth nameKrister Axel Bjornson Tidics
BornMay 14, 1974 (1974-05-14) (age 44)
Paris, France
Genres Blues, Folk
Occupation(s) Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Engineer
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Piano, B3, Harmonium
Years active1994–present
Labels Noonchild Records / RockStarAlley
Associated acts Paper Sun, Whitestarr, Chris Pierce, Saucy Monky, Cheyenne Kimball, The River South

Krister Axel (born May 14, 1974) is a French-born musician, poet and software engineer living in Ashland, Oregon.

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Axel was born in Paris in 1974. He began his career as a songwriter performing in the streets of Paris, New York City, Madison, Wisconsin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Ashland, Oregon. Axel has cited Chris Whitley as the greatest influence on his writing. His credits include pieces for the soundtracks to Hate Crime, A Colombia, and licensing with NBC, Regent Theaters, and many others. Axel had several songs featured on the season 5 DVD of Friday Night Lights.

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Axel plays finger-style guitar and electric piano. He is also a co-founder of the band The River South. In February 2018, Axel launched CHILLFILTR, a roots-based music blog.


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