(2018) is Michael Jerling's tenth album. It's a collection of twelve original songs including a country ballad, "In Lieu Of Flowers," a poignant look at family with the folky "Family Recipe," a bit of fingerpicking whimsy with "That's Why Republicans Hate Trains," and a waltz-time look at European café society between the wars with "When Words Still Mattered."
Ably assisted by many talented musicians including Peter Ostroushko (mandolin), Tony Markellis (bass), Teresina Huxtable (reed organ, accordion, vocals), Tom Wieseler (keyboards), Danny Whelchel (drums and percussion), Kevin Maul (pedal steel & dobro), Nick Piccininni (fiddle), Orion Kribs (mandolin), John Kribs (electric guitar) and Don Armstrong, Liz Hood and Carol Christensen (harmonies). Greg Montgomery and Paula Rosenberg handled the album graphics. We will celebrate the release with a concert Saturday, December 29th at Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY.
-- MJ, 9/13/2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 - December 2013
"Halfway Home" is a collection of 14 new songs, my first CD of all new material since "Crooked Path" (2007). It was recorded at my own Fool's Hill Studio, with musical help from Tony Markellis, Teresina Huxtable, Danny Whelchel, Danny Gotham, Victor Sanders, Kevin Maul, Mike Vlahakis, Don & Victoria Armstrong, Bob Warren & Joy Mackenzie, and Dale Haskell. We will celebrate the release with a concert Saturday, January 4th at Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY.
-- MJ, 12/03/2013
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 was be a CD called "Music Here Tonight" which debuted 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
Michael Jerling - On Top of Fool's Hill LP
On Top of Fool's Hill (1981) was Michael Jerling's first recording and a limited number of the original vinyl pressing in shrink-wrap are still available. Recorded at Ranger Records in Oak Park, IL, the album was produced by Randy Rice, Victor Sanders & Izzy Reinish and engineered by Victor Saunders. The album features ten original songs, five of which, "Mr. Billy Bones," "Everybody's Scared," "Marry Me, Mary Edwards," "Lullabye," and "Just a Good Boy Tryin' to Go Bad," have never been reissued on CD. Click on this link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 12/07/2022
John Kribs - Look Ma, No Band!
Look Ma, No Band! (2022) is John Kribs' second CD of 2022 and his first solo album. John plays 6 & 12 string acoustic guitar and banjo and sings twelve songs. Songs like "I Am A Little Old Man" and "Fighting Back" about the the battle with Father Time, several solo rockers like, "The Queen Is Dancing" and "I See You Dancing" and some downright silly songs like "Zombie Bride." John pulls out the banjo to frail the traditional "The Coocoo," and "Phone Call To Lucinda" is a poignant song about a soon to be ex-con's call to his wife. Stripped down production aside, you won't miss the band! Click on this link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 9/12/2022
Doug Irving - Heart Rumors
Doug Irving's twenty third studio release is called Heart Rumors (2022). Sixteen songs, many with his long-time collaborator Ralph Childs and other co-writers, feature his loyal stable of recording musicians Pat Severs and Shawn Fichter, and also include Matthias Donnelly on keyboards and Doug Moody on fiddle. Most of the tunes sit comfortably in the country and country-pop vein with both sentiment and a sense of humor showing through. Click on this link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 9/12/2022
Johnny & the Triumphs - Gone Too Far
"Gone Too Far" (2022) is a four song EP recorded in the fall of 1991, and was left unfinished and unreleased. Now, 30 years later it is coming out on CD and in two digital formats, and soon on vinyl as well. Treat yourself to some great rock n' roll! Click on this link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 1/23/2022
Doug Irving - Slipstream
"Slipstream" (2021) is a collection of thirteen songs and Doug Irving's thirteenth CD in the last ten years. There is a song about the drinking water scandal in Flint, Michigan, several romantic songs, two takes of a blues song, and even a country rocker. Click on this link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 8/11/2021
Tim Wechgelaer - Long Time Gone
Our first new CD of the year is Tim Wechgelaer's 2021 album, "Long Time Gone" It's a collection of eleven original songs firmly anchored in traditional country music. Click on this link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 3/24/2021
Doug Irving - Birch Bark Soup
The latest addition to our store is Doug Irving's latest album, "Birch Bark Soup," featuring his stalwart company of talented musicians from upstate NY and Nashville. Click on this link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 12/20/2020
Don Armstrong - Mother Don't Give Up On Me Now
The latest addition to our store is Don Armstrong's first solo album, "Mother Don't Give Up On Me Now," featuring an all star cast of Tucson, Arizona musicians. Click on this link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 9/04/2020
Mark Tolstrup & Jill Burnham - Mark & Jill Sing the Blues
Our newest release is a duet album, "Mark & Jill Sing the Blues," from Mark Tolstrup & Jill Burnham. Click on this link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 7/20/2020
Ray Lambiase - Kid Bayonne
Our newest release is Ray's late 2018 album, "Kid Bayonne." Click on this link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 12/17/2018
Bob Warren - My Town
Bob's 2018 release, "My Town," is a collection of songs about his home town and his life there. Click on this link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 11/04/2018
MP3 and FLAC Sales Now Available
In July 2014 we started selling MP3 albums and individual songs. Today, we are introducing the sale of FLAC albums and songs. FLAC is a lossless format, which provides CD quality sound. If you burn a CD-R with the appropriate software, your CD-R will sound just like the physical CD, which is also available. This can save you the shipping cost, plus give you the music immediately.
All digital albums are listed at the top of the store; check them out now: See the albums ....
-- MJ, 09/14/2018
Dave Fry - Troubadour
Dave Fry's "Troubador" (2018) is a collection of songs culled from the very best songwriters of our time, including Pete Seeger, Stan Rogers, Tommy Sands, John Gorka and Sally Rogers. Dave also included a tribute he wrote to Seeger. Click on this link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 7/17/2018
Doug Irving - Truthville
"Truthville" is Doug Irving's new collection of 18 songs; some are socially thought-provoking, some are stylistic tributes to his late heroes Harry Chapin and Jim Croce and — as listeners have come to expect — several are songs with Adirondack themes. Click on this link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 6/28/2018
Hank Soto - Believe What You Wanna Believe
Here's the latest solo album from one of the talented Stony Creek Band artists, Hank Soto's "Believe What You Wanna Believe." Click on this link to listen to samples of Hank's latest album: Read more ...
We also have CDs from the Stony Creek Band, Dave Maswick, and Michael Junior Lomaestro, as well as Hank's first solo effort, "How About Me!"
-- MJ, 5/8/2018
Dave Maswick & Joel Brown - Skyline Drive
Enjoy the latest album from Dave Maswick & Joel Brown. Click on the link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 4/24/2018
Mark Tolstrup - Northstar
Enjoy the latest album from Mark Tolstrup. Click on the link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 4/15/2018
Doug Irving - A Mountain Christmas
Doug Irving's 2016 Christmas album is now available here. Click on the link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 11/15/2017
He-Bird, She Bird Debut Album
He-Bird, She-Bird has released their debut CD and it is now available here. Click on the link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 11/7/2017
Doug Irving - Cloud Shadows
"Cloud Shadows" (2017) is the latest CD from prolific songwriter Doug Irving. Click on the link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 8/1/2017
Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys - When It Rains
"Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys - When It Rains" (2016) is the fourth album by Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys. Folkgrass, Newgrass, Bluegrass ... all that and more. Click on the link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 12/20/2016
Adirondack Angels - Legacy
"Adirondack Angels - Legacy" (2016) features songs by twelve women based in New York's North Country. The main focus is on country, bluegrass and gospel, with some timeless classics and strong original songs. Click on the link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 12/14/2016
Mike Lomaestro - All Over The Place
Mike Lomaestro has released his first solo recording, All Over the Place (2016). Having drummed for many of the most iconic bands in New York's Capital District it is fitting that the CD includes songs and musical cameos from many of his musical compadres. Click on the link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 08/29/2016
Ray Lambiase - The Ballad of 3 Finger Brown
The Ballad of 3 Finger Brown (2016) is Ray Lambiase's latest album. We have it available here, along with a digital version with both MP3s and lossless FLACs. Click on the link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 08/12/2016
2 Bob Warren Albums Now as MP3s
We now have two more Bob Warren albums, already in the store as CDs, available for download. They are, "The Poet in Me" and "Bob Warren." Click on the link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 06/08/2016
Doug Irving - Songs of the Wood
Songs of the Wood (2016) is Doug Irving's latest CD. Click on the link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 05/25/2016
Huxtable, Christensen & Hood - Under the Weather
Under the Weather (2016) is Huxtable, Christensen & Hood's first album in thirty years! Click on the link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 03/09/2016
The Nellies - The Nellies
The Nellies (2011) eponymously titled album is a bluegrass, old timey, country romp, and it's the latest addition to our store. Click on the link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 02/04/2016
Ray Lambiase - Twenty Lies (And Other Stories)
"Twenty Lies and Other Stories" was released in the fall of 2014 and is Ray Lambiase's second full length album. It's our first new album in 2016! Click on the link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 01/18/2016
The Bluebillies - Train To Paradise
Traditional country and bluegrass have always had tension between Saturday night and Sunday morning. "Train To Paradise" is a country gospel album in the Sunday tradition. As always with The Bluebillies, great playing, singing, songwriting, and genuine emotion rule. Click on the link to listen to samples: Read more ...
-- MJ, 12/12/2015
Bob Warren - All the Days of the World
Bob Warren's 2015 release, "All the Days of the World", spotlights his songwriting and singing in an intimate aural setting. Spare, but satisfying arrangements feature many of his long-time musical compadres. Check out the samples here: Read more ...
-- MJ, 11/05/2015