Fred Gillen Jr.


Studio News

I have lots of recording projects going on, plus plenty of live performances. Recordings:

My good friend Koji Mabuchi and I are beginning work on a new Fred Gillen Jr. CD. Koji, as a producer, is the polar opposite of me as a producer. While I do live recordings with room mics, vintage equipment and cheap instruments, his specialty is computer stuff. He makes drum loops and really uses the computer as an instrument. This project will be a juxtaposition of really modern sounds and really rough, raw sounds. My raspy, tired voice with the Star Wars Cantina band... :) OK, that's still pretty old-school, but you get the idea I hope. We've done two songs together in the past, and one can be heard at my myspace page. Just click on "download MP3's" to your left and hit the link for "Censor The Wind."

HOPE MACHINE is about waist-deep in recording its first CD. It has been a long time coming, and now that the weight of negativity has been lifted with our line-up change, we are not messing around. So far we've got Steve's songs Great Mystery, Shining Star and Heart Of America, my song Black Hills, Woody Guthrie's songs Vigilante Man and Bound For Glory and Pete Seeger's song We Shall Overcome recorded. Five more to go!

I am re-recording the songs from my aborted CD Gone Gone Gone for release soon. I've got the working versions of all 10 songs now! This recording is much more sparse and intimate then the one I recently scrapped, and the self-production has been compared to John Levanthal and Daniel Lanois in Style. (two of my favorite producers, so hearing those comparisons is pretty flattering for me!) All 10 songs were done live/ acoustic in the studio, some solo and a few with Steve Kirkman. Then I added some stuff, but not too much. The live energy shines through big time...

I'm also producing a CD for singer/ songwriter Steve Chizmadia right now. Steve was a Kerrville New Song finalist a couple of years ago, is a great songwriter, and a heckuva nice guy! Three other recording projects are set to begin too, so Studio Fritz will be helping a lot of music get recorded in the near future.

The great band Work 'O The Weavers has recorded a few songs here recently too, along with some solo songs of James Durst, singer/ guitarist of the band. I am honored to work with them, and proud to be a small part of what they do in keeping The Weavers work alive.

The great Les Paul talks about how he needs to do both the writing/ performing and recording to keep both or all sides of his brain going, and I'm finding this to be a really stimulating time for me, getting the opportunity to use all of my talents and gifts...

Thursday, December 15th 2005

  10/25/2023     A Break
  02/7/2023     Daryl's House
  12/3/2022     Second Show in my New Home Town
  11/7/2022     Show in Athens, NY
  01/3/2021     Birds "e.p. of the Year" for 2020 on Radio Crystal Blue
  03/21/2020     New album
  09/23/2019     New album
  09/23/2019     New album
  02/25/2019     'zine
  11/13/2017     Tie The Trash
  01/3/2017     Decades
  10/27/2015     radio
  10/22/2015     radio
  08/17/2015     radio
  07/12/2015     radio
  02/16/2015     radio
  02/16/2015     radio
  02/15/2015     radio
  02/13/2015     radio
  05/27/2014     Hot Rod Pacer CD
  04/21/2014     Hot Rod Pacer CD
  04/21/2014     Hot Rod Pacer CD
  02/26/2014     Teaching at a Songwriting Workshop
  05/20/2013     Wage Love T-shirts
  05/20/2013     Wage Love T-shirts
  11/21/2012     Pete Remembers Woody
  11/10/2012     Silence Of The Night Video by Michael Patrei
  10/6/2012     Pete Remembers Woody
  08/17/2012     August 2012
  08/16/2012     New CD
  07/17/2012     FULL BAND CD RELEASE SHOW!
  04/25/2012     Silence of the Night
  03/30/2012     Car Talk
  02/8/2012     "Has shared The Stage With"
  10/25/2011     Free Songs
  09/19/2011     Grand Slambovians!
  09/13/2011     Wolf Benefit
  08/8/2011     Movie Score
  05/11/2011     Live In The Heartland Of America, With Catherine Miles
  05/11/2011     Truth
  04/13/2011     Live In The Heartland Of America, With Catherine Miles
  04/7/2011     Live In The Heartland Of America
  03/8/2011     Live In The Heartland Of America
  02/2/2011     Live CD Coming Soon
  11/5/2010     Match Against A New Moon
  03/23/2010     Review of Match Against A New Moon by Catherine Michaels of WHUD 100.7FM
  02/6/2010     Hope Machine Song Of The Year
  11/30/2009     Blog
  11/15/2009     Phil Ochs
  10/20/2009     Review of BIG GREEN HOPE MACHINE CD, by Michael Ruby, from Chronogram, 10/09
  06/17/2009     Coney Island Review by Skott Freedman at
  06/10/2009     Clearwater
  02/5/2009     BIG GREEN HOPE MACHINE
  10/28/2008     Busy November
  08/12/2008     Coney Island Review
  07/13/2008     Coney Island Review By Skott Freedman at
  01/11/2008     Lakota Declaration Of Independence
  08/13/2007     Pete, Matt, Tom
  05/19/2007     Clearwater Festival June 16 & 17
  04/26/2007     Spring
  01/22/2007     Cost Of Freedom
  10/23/2006     new e.p.
  04/17/2006     Gone Gone Gone
==> 12/15/2005     Studio News
  11/22/2005     Thank YOU!!!
  11/13/2005     NERFA
  09/26/2005     September
  08/22/2005     Downloading Fred Gillen Jr. Songs
  07/14/2005     Peace
  05/28/2005     Anthony daCosta, Alan Bigelow
  03/29/2005     the studio
  12/3/2004     Booking
  11/15/2004     Some great music in the Catskills!
  10/13/2004     getting music
  06/20/2004     September 11
  03/1/2004     Tribes Hill
  12/5/2003     Happy Holidays!!!
  06/8/2003     Tribes Hill
  05/27/2003     Recording to start soon
  05/5/2003     Ireland
  02/11/2003     New Residency
  01/13/2003     No News
  12/30/2002     Spring Tour
  11/25/2002     Hope
  11/16/2002     Tour of Germany
  10/30/2002     Free Live Music coming soon!
  10/14/2002     The Man
  08/12/2002     Review of Grace
  05/31/2002     Johnny Miles
  05/21/2002     Utica Rocks
  04/21/2002     Pierre
  03/22/2002     Brooklyn show
  03/14/2002     March 11, 2002
  03/11/2002     Music
  02/25/2002     German Tour
  02/13/2002     GRACE!
  01/8/2002     Songwriting
  09/19/2001     Sept. 13, 2001
  08/6/2001     Grace
  06/4/2001     Half Moon Sober Festival
  05/14/2001     Message to the kids in Utica

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