Meridian Music: Jeffrey Alexander & Bill Baird

Jeffrey Alexander
After following the Grateful Dead as a taper for many years in the 80s, Jeffrey settled into a Baltimore warehouse and started making music. There, he helped launch the acid-folk revival of the 90s with The Iditarod (1996-2003), as chronicled in the book Seasons They Change, The Story of Acid and Psychedelic Folk (Genuine Jawbone Books). His next group, Black Forest/Black Sea (2003-2010) - based in Providence RI - pushed the boundaries of experimental folk, touring heavily. Jeffrey also founded the heavy, free-rock group Dire Wolves (2009-present) and has also toured as a member of Avarus, Fursaxa, Es, as well as multiple collaborations with Tom Rapp/Pearls Before Swine, Manbeard, Kemialliset Ystavat, and Christina Carter. As former label owner of Magic Eye Singles and Secret Eye Records, he published 70+ titles and has curated several international music festivals such as Terrastock. Next stop - the backwaters of western Pennsylvania where he opened an espresso bar cafe, renovated crust-belt houses and drove a produce truck for a lovely gang of scrappy Amish farmers. Jeffrey is currently living in San Francisco where he plays in Jackie-O Motherfucker and hosts a weekly free-form radio show.

Bill Baird is an American experimental musician. Formerly a member of Sound Team, Baird began performing solo in 2006, first as {{{Sunset}}} and later under his own name. He appeared in the 2010 documentary Echotone, a chronicle of the Austin, Texas music scene, where he offered a negative assessment of his time signed to a major record label. He is currently studying experimental music at Mills College in Oakland, CA.