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They Live On ... in Word and Song
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07/24/24 Tunkhannock PA
09/28/24 Saratoga Springs NY

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My First Recording:
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On Top of Fool's Hill LP
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Michael Jerling
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Latest Studio CD (9/2018)
Family Recipe

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Live CD (2009)
Music Here Tonight

"After years straddling the rock and folk circuit in upstate New York, Saratoga songwriter Michael Jerling is getting the attention he has long deserved. With a subtle but encyclopedic command of American styles and rhythms, a captivating melodic sense and incisive, clever lyrics, he is as supple a song craftsman as any riding the folk boards today." -- Scott Alarik, Boston Globe

Michael Jerling has been writing, recording and performing his own songs for over fifty years. His baritone voice is backed up with consummate skill on six and twelve string guitars, harmonica and mandolin, all buoyed by his dry sense of humor. He displays a first-rate lyrical sense and impressive musicianship, borrowing from blues, rock, country and R&B. A keen student of the good and ghastly in American life, Michael weaves themes like a novelist, evoking our shortcomings and dreams without yielding to cynicism or sentimentality. Often praised as a "songwriter's songwriter”, he's been characterized as an artist who performs his "extraordinary songs with the uncommon ability to deliver them to an audience with power and grace.”

Born and raised in Illinois, songwriter Michael Jerling became involved with music while helping to run the campus coffeehouse at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. Now settled in Saratoga Springs, New York, Michael has been a noted artist on the club, college and festival circuits of North America. Michael was a winner of the prestigious "New Folk" competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, and his involvement with the seminal Fast Folk Musical Magazine in New York City led to his song Long Black Wall being included in the Smithsonian Folkways CD celebrating twenty years of Fast Folk.

In 2023 Michael and Patricia A. Nugent released the album,They Live On in Word and Song, reflecting their performances together in a collaborative presentation of vignettes from Patricia's memoir and nine of Michael's songs. This was made possible by a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts. 2018 marked the release of Family Recipe, featuring 12 new original songs on his own Fool's Hill Music label. Family Recipe reached #8 on the Folk DJ Chart. Halfway Home was released in 2014 and Music Here Tonight, recorded live at the legendary Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY, was released in 2009. Also on Fool's Hill are Crooked Path (2007) and Little Movies (2001). My Evil Twin (1992) and New Suit Of Clothes (1994) were released on the Shanachie label, and in 1997, In Another Life came out on the Portland, Oregon based Waterbug Records. Early Jerling (1998), also on Waterbug, is a digitally remastered compilation of selected cuts from his self released LPs On Top of Fool's Hill (1981), and Blue Heartland (1988).

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