Ashland, Oregon: Local Songwriter Krister Axel Gets a Moment in the Spotlight
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posted 14 Dec 2019 by Krister Axel
It's been 15 years since I recorded Georgia Rain, and 12 years since I recorded Something Beautiful, which have turned out to be my top tracks since they got put on the Netflix release of Friday Night Lights years ago.

Living in Ashland, Oregon, is a mixed blessing. We have great weather, if you can handle a slightly cold and rainy winter; and in terms of a music scene, there are still a lot of cover bands that make it a bit hard for original music to flourish. Sometimes it feels like I am writing roots-pop in a vacuum, which is why it is a nice feeling to get a little recognition from the local press.

Full disclosure - I send a few blog posts of mine to their web site very month, which is how I got the ear of the editor, Phil. That is also, perhaps, a good reason why they should have been able to correctly reference me by name (Kristel is not quite right, is it?). In any case, it is a well-written piece about the relationship between physical locations in the world, and the music that is made there, and I was happy to get a plug for my show next week. Here in the Rogue valley, we don't sweat the details too much; and there is something endearing about the typo, and the fact that the gist of the story is about Eau Claire. In terms of local news, I have the trifecta now: there was a story that ran last summer about me in the Mail Tribune (linked here), which also got published in the Daily Tidings, and now with a feature in Rogue Valley Messenger, that covers all of our local outlets.

And, to be honest, I like that the focus is also on what is to come - I will be recording next week with a really nice baby grand piano and my voice has never felt better, so you can look for some new piano songs to be launched in January. And then this summer I will be in Los Angeles, working on some full-band tracks with old friends of mine - it's been 15 years since I recorded Georgia Rain, and 12 years since I recorded Something Beautiful, which have turned out to be my top tracks since they got put on the Netflix release of Friday Night Lights years ago - so it is high time to tap back into that same LA scene that hasn't changed much since I left. The best is yet to come, and I appreciate all of the support. My number of listeners has quadrupled since the release of Weightless Heart, and I will continue to release new tracks all through the new year. I hope you will enjoy them.

Be well - and remember to appreciate the little things. :)

UPDATE (Dec 2020) - I had to cancel my LA trip this year because of the 'Rona.

About the Author

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Ashland, Oregon

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist


Read my poetry here.