Welcome to Fool's Hill Music, the moniker that covers my little recording studio, publishing company (ASCAP), record label and now the latest addition to my mostly imaginary business empire, the Fool's Hill Music Record Store.
If you are interested in recording at Fool's Hill Studio (there is no hill and it is in my home; I guess that just leaves the fool) please feel free to contact me at email@example.com. We can then chat in person or on the phone and see if this is the right place for you. I only take on a limited number of projects. I do a lot of acoustic and singer songwriter projects and have the ability to take my studio on the road if that is what you need. I can supply the names of past clients to get the real dirt on me. If you are a speed metal guitarist, rapper, or the next big thing in a cowboy hat, move along little doggie.
I'm truly excited about the Fool's Hill Music Record Store. I have worked with so many talented musicians throughout my performing career and in my studio, and it is my goal, in a modest way, to make their music available to more listeners.
My model is the now mostly extinct small town record store, where the owner had definite opinions about what was good, who you should listen to, and didn't carry crap. Probably why they are mostly extinct. OK, I have an overactive imagination, but that is why I'm a songwriter and not a Certified Public Accountant. C.P.A's with overactive imaginations wind up in jail.
Please browse through the store (don't spill coffee on the merchandise) and maybe take a chance on something that sounds intriguing. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Studio CD Release - August 2007
I'm happy to announce the release of my newest studio CD, Crooked Path. The album includes thirteen original songs with musical help from my friends Tony Markellis, Teresina Huxtable, Larry Clyman, Danny Whelchel, Bob Warren and many other talented folks. We will celebrate the release with a concert Saturday, September 8th at Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY and with upcoming dates in PA and WI.
In addition to Crooked Path, please check out the store for new CDs from bluesman Mark Tolstrup and Lorne Clarke.
-- MJ, 08/27/2007
Live CD Release - September 2009
On June 30th, 2009, I recorded an evening of music at Caffè Lena in my hometown of Saratoga Springs, NY. The result will be a new CD called "Music Here Tonight" which is scheduled to debut on Friday, September 25th at the old coffeehouse on Phila Street.
I was joined onstage by Tony Markellis and Teresina Huxtable and cheered on by a group of patient and enthusiastic friends and fans. Though recording live was nerve wracking, we did manage to have some fun, and I am very pleased by the musical result.
The CD features 18 songs spanning my nearly forty years of writing and performing. Many of the tunes were by requested by folks on my email list, and there is one new song, the title cut, "Music Here Tonight".
-- MJ, 09/07/2009, updated for tense
Don & Victoria Armstrong CD
The new CD in our Record Store this week is Don & Victoria Armstrong's latest CD Telling The Tale. Read more ....
-- MJ, 05/14/2013
Dave Maswick CD
The latest new CD in our Record Store is Dave Maswick's 2013 release The News From Here. Read more ....
-- MJ, 05/09/2013
Molly Durnin CD
This week we have another new CD in our Record Store, Molly Durnin's 2012 release Run. Read more ....
-- MJ, 04/27/2013
Tom Flannery & the Shillelaghs CD
This week we have another new CD in our Record Store, Tom Flannery & the Shillelaghs's 2012 release Teen Angst & Green Flannel . Read more ....
-- MJ, 03/25/2013
Rick Rourke - New CD
This week we have another new CD in our Record Store, Rick Rourke's 2013 release Three Sides To Every Story. Read more ....
-- MJ, 03/11/2013
Two New CDs from Carolina
Two fine new CDs from North Carolina are in the store here at Fool's Hill Music. Danny Gotham is joined by pianist Glenn Mehrbach in this 2012 release, Sundays Two, and singer songwriter Wes Collins' debut CD, One Layer Down are both well worth your listening time. Read about them in our Record Store.
-- MJ, 03/04/2013
Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys CDs
Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys will debut their brand new CD, "Reasons That I Run," Friday, March 1 at The Linda in Albany, NY at 8pm.
We are very pleased to feature this great new recording in the store at Fool's Hill Music. Also now available, their fine 2011 release, "No Questions Asked."
If you aren't familiar with their music allow me to immodestly quote myself: "Jim Gaudet forsook the singer songwriter label several years ago, and while Jim is the front man, this is a band, not a backup band. Tight arrangements, hot licks, and more grit than the gloss that often characterizes bluegrass these days. There is a bluegrass backbone to the CD, but there's nothing purist about The Railroad Boys. Folk and country influences abound and a wry sense of humor holds it all together. Jim's writing is top notch and the band is cookin'."
"These notches on my pistol are the reasons that I run."
So says the ruthless 23 year old rounder Billy Matson in the title track to Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys new 2013 release, Reasons That I Run.
"No Question Asked" is Jim and the Boys second CD. Top quality original songs and some classic covers with Jim Gaudet on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Tim Wechgelaer on fiddle and harmonies, Sten Isachsen on mandolin and guitar, Bobby Ristau on the upright bass, and a guest appearance on dobro by Kevin Maul.
Hope you check out these and other fine recordings in the record store.
-- MJ, 02/26/2013