the new band website

I'm always making adjustments, but for the most part the new band site is ready. Very excited.

Since this last album project was such a success, I have prioritized a complete overhaul of the band web site, the merchandise and sales processing, and the social media presence. Getting an album cover designed and produced was the first step and giving the band web site a full rewrite was step 2. Now I will proceed to printing the cds, and the rest of the merch design. I think we may press a a very small run of vinyl as well, mostly for promo but maybe those will sell all right. I think we are going to have to charge something like $30 or $35 per album, but I hear there are buyers primarily in Europe and on the east coast that are ok with paying prices like that for premium vinyl. The design is going to be pretty spectacular. More on that later.


on the logo

Illuminate the Sky gets a placement

I really have spent most of my career as a songwriter trying to get placements for my songs. I always thought all you had to do was be awesome, but it turns out like many things in life it's all about who you know. And then a lot if it is timing. So far I've had few good placements but it's certainly been a few years since the last one.

Bunyan & Babe is the name of the movie. I don't know much about it except that it is animated, has some big names attached to it, and probably will get a theatrical release. I also know that it will feature a piece written by the great Basil Poledouris so I got that going for me, which is nice. It's not every day you have a track placed in a movie next to someone like that.

I will update more as I get more info. For now you can hear the song on bandcamp if you want to know what it sounds like. It is one of my all-time favorites.

Illuminate the Sky
written by Krister Axel
performed by Krister Axel
produced by Krister Axel and Brian Susko
2004 D’Ici La Publishing ASCAP
Courtesy of RockstarAlley
Album: Swexico EP (2004)

performance credits:
Krister Axel - piano, guitar, vocals
Bill Dowling - trumpet and arrangement
Steve Marsh - trombone
Adam Nanouski - drums
Mark Corben - bass
Joel Eckel - vocals
Sally Jaye - vocals






Club 66 on Friday

It begins. We have had a few shows now as a three-piece, but on Friday will be the first time we perform songs from The River South EP with vocals from Jinnee and Ann. We had a practice yesterday which I think sounded very good. I am excited to finally hear it all come together.

more info here

and here



It turned out a bit different from what I had in mind but it was still a solid performance. The lineup got shifted around last minute, and I had to fight for our set time, but I suppose that might be the new normal for a minute here until we create a bigger fan base.

We are happy to be performing and I think we are well on the way to crafting a set of music that we can all be proud of.

I am a perfectionist so I'll probably never be totally satisfied with our sound but as the gigs keep rolling in I know we are going to keep making sweet melodies. :)

I had a recording rolling but I set the input too hot so it's not really listenable. That might be just as well. We have a follow up release coming soon so I need to focus on that.

band name typo

Honestly, I think this is good luck. It's like when a bird shits on your head. Easily remedied, and perhaps a good omen. We are The River South, but on Sunday for some reason we will be "River South Trio".

That's ok with me. See you there!

509 SW G Street, Grants Pass, OR 97526