Krister Axel

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Krister Axel
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Background information
Birth name Krister Axel Bjornson Tidics
Born May 14, 1974 (1974-05-14) (age 42)
Paris, France
Genres Blues, Folk
Occupation(s) Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Engineer
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Piano, B3, Harmonium
Years active 1994–present
Labels Noonchild Records / RockStarAlley
Associated acts Paper Sun, Whitestarr, Chris Pierce, Saucy Monky, Cheyenne Kimball, Chris Gerolmo

Krister Axel (born May 14, 1974) is a French musician, poet and software engineer.


Krister Axel, born in Paris, has been writing and performing roots and blues music for 20 years. He began his career as a songwriter performing in the streets of Paris, then New York City, Madison, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and now Ashland Oregon. Krister Axel claims the legendary Chris Whitley as the greatest influence on his writing. His work encompasses pop songwriting as well as a roots-based approach to instrumental pieces commissioned for movie projects. His credits include pieces for the soundtracks to Hate Crime and A Colombia and licensing with NBC Networks, Regent Theaters, and many others. Most recently, Krister had a few songs placed on the season 5 DVD of Friday Night Lights (TV series) which has been very successful in generating interest about his music. These songs are Illuminate the Sky and Georgia Rain (both from the EP Swexico), as well as Something Beautiful from the album Arms Around the River.

Krister Axel plays finger-style guitar and electric piano. Krister is a co-founder of the band The River South.


Albums and EPs[edit]

Other Productions[edit]

  • Sunshine Allison, Rise, Riggadig records (1995)
    produced by Krister Axel, David Kellogg, and Sunshine Allison
  • Sunshine Allison, Eastside, Riggadig records (1997)
    produced by Krister Axel and Sunshine Allison
  • "Always on My Mind" (single), unreleased (2002)
    produced by Krister Axel and Chris James
  • Paper Sun, "Tragic" and "Brooklyn" tracks 1 and 6 from Humanity (EP), digital release (2003)
    produced by Krister Axel, Paper Sun, and Chris Fuhrman


  • Songprize Winner 2005 (for "Georgia Rain")
  • Two-time Rock City Music Awards nominee 2005
  • NXNE Showcasing Artist 2005
  • SXSW Showcasing Artist 2006
  • Four Songs featured at Cinequest Film Festival 2006 ("A Colombia" by Ryan Byrne)
  • Three-time Rock City Music Awards nominee 2006
  • Amoeba Records Homegrown Artist, March 2006
  • Songprize Winner 2008 (for "Always A Circle")

Software Engineering[edit]

  • game development
  • database design
  • Ruby on Rails