Michael Jerling

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  • douglas-bickerton: Loved the concert last night , what is the type of keyboard you guys are using , lastly where do I find your albums for sale ? CD or Digital Thanks Douglas

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  • Michael Jerling CD Release Concert

    This show was on Jan 4th, 2014 | 31 people watched
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    • Jan 5
      Hi Michael and Teri, Jack and I loved your show. We're so glad we watched. After buying our ticket, I somehow pushed the wrong button -- and the right side bar announced that "Michael Jerling tipped Micharel Jerling" So much for my internet-iPad literacy!! :) We felt like we were in the Cafe ! Best to you two for 2014, Jack and Marge Huxtable
    • Jan 5
      Michael and his group was okay and of course, Caffe Lena is THE best, but the feed from Concert Window was full of random buffering that was quite irritating. I completely understand that this may have been due to my internet connection (although other streaming was working fine). Then, shortly into the second set, I completely lost the feed, got a black screen, silence and a message telling me that the "domain" was terminated at the request of the "broadcaster." I have no idea what that really means, but I was unable to experience the latter portion of the show. Normally, I love Concert Window, but not last night. The bitter cold weather perhaps?
    • Jan 5
      Glad to see Michael still plugging away with his distinctive homegrown sound and witty lyrics. And using technology to reach folks like me far away who may not have a chance to see him live. I don't have very high resolution and had some buffering issues too, but good sound, overall it was great and felt like I was there in the room. Nice way to enjoy a show at low cost and from comfort of my home. Just wish I could stream it to the TV somehow... I have a new Samsung smart TV but the Flash software already outdated so it wouldn't run.
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Bio

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 since 1975. His baritone voice is backed up with consummate skill on six & twelve string... more

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 since 1975. His baritone voice is backed up with consummate skill on six & twelve string guitars, harmonica and mandolin, all buoyed by his dry sense of humor.

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.
Michael will release a new studio CD this month (December 2013); it's called Halfway Home and you can read about it and pre-order it here. In September 2009 he released his first live album, Music Here Tonight, 18 songs recorded at the legendary Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY, and released on his own Fool's Hill Music label. Also on Fool's Hill are Crooked Path (2007) and Little Movies (2001). My Evil Twin (1992) and New Suit Of Clothes (1994), on the internationally respected Shanachie label, and in 1997, In Another Life came out on the Portland, Oregon based Waterbug Records. Early Jerling (1998), is also on Waterbug, and is a digitally remastered compilation of the best cuts from his self released LPs On Top of Fool's Hill (1981), and Blue Heartland (1988).

Through all of these recordings and in his live performances, Michael displays his 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" who composes in styles influenced by the wealth of American music, he has been characterized as an artist who performs his "extraordinary songs with the uncommon ability to deliver them to an audience with power and grace".

"Stronger than new rope... especially recommended to fans of Gorka, Greg Brown, Dave Alvin or any other real smart people who make real good music." - Icon, Iowa City

"He's got the literate humor and eclectic taste of Lyle Lovett...yet a skewed vision all his own." - Request Magazine

"I just really enjoy your music. And your humor. And your musicianship. There are a lot of topics that you sing about that NOBODY else is willing to tackle." - Phil Shapiro, WVBR's "Bound for Glory"

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