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NEW Release Northstar
New solo album of original material. Soulful ballads and blues about the joys and struggles of real life. 
Mark Tolstrup - Guitar  & vocals
Jessica Wern – Drums & vocals
James Gascoyne – Bass
Chris Carey – Keyboard & drums (on Dead Mans Blues)
Sharon Bolton – Vocals
Oona Grady – Fiddle
Dave Lambert – Tenor Sax & clarinet
Jeanine Ouderkirk – Baritone Sax
Woody Strobeck – Trombone
Rick Bolton – Harmonica & Vocals

All Songs written by Mark Tolstrup except:
On The Nickel – Tom Waits
Backwater Blues – Bessie Smith
My Song Is Don’t Worry – Floyd Dixon
Haunted House Blues – trad
Dead Man’s Shirt - Michael Eck

Recorded and Mixed by Chris Carey at Millstone Studio, Ballston Spa, NY
Mastered  by: Steve Berson at Total Sonic Media, Austin Texas

Available at Fools Hill Music
NORTHSTAR - This is the song I sang at my father’s funeral. I had been listening to the chord structure of a Soloman Burke soul song, came home from visiting my father in the hospital and this song wrote itself.
HEY HEY BABY - Love the horns on this recording and the just walked into a club in New Orleans live loose feel.
I DON’T KNOW – The sax solo and my step daughters Jessie’s singing really filled out this clear eyed, late night look at romance and it's consequence. 
MILK & HONEY – There may or may not have been a barmaid in New York who moves just like that.
OLD MAN’S BLUES – If you stop and listen you can learn a lot from an old man. A dirty joke, a story about love, a spiritual understanding of life and death.
CITY IN THE RAIN – This song started with the sound in rain and the splash of tires on the street. It’s the first song I wrote that I thought of as a song someone else might be able to sing.
HAUNTED HOUSE BLUES – Ghost stories are entertainment for some people but if the ghosts are someone you loved it’s a whole different thing.
ON THE NICKEL – Some people can get sidelined by drugs or alcohol and may never recover. The title of this Tom Waits song refers the skid row area around Fifth Street in Los Angeles.
BACKWATER BLUES – Live take of a great Bessie Smith song. Just me on guitar and vocal with Jessie on drums.
FREE BROTHER – My oldest brother died at 59. Too young. Sang this at his funeral.  My stepdaughter Jessie made this recording great with her vocal.  She is all I hear when I listen to this.
MY SONG IS DON’T WORRY – Love the message in this Floyd Dixon song. There is no need to worry overly about money and material things.
DEAD MAN’S SHIRT – In the period between my brother’s death and my father’s funeral this song written by my friend Michael Eck came to me as a kind of cathartic musical outlet.
REQUIEM FOR COYOTE – When I was sixteen I had a dream that I was a soldier in the Civil War. This tune came from that experience. 



NORTHSTAR - This is the song I sang at my father’s funeral. I had been listening to the chord structure of a Soloman Burke soul song, came home from visiting my father in the hospital and this song wrote itself.

HEY HEY BABY - Love the horns on this recording and the just walked into a club in New Orleans live loose feel.

I DON’T KNOW – The sax solo and my step daughters Jessie’s singing really filled out this song about the struggle of relationships.

MILK & HONEY – There may or may not be a barmaid in New York who moves just like that.

OLD MAN’S BLUES – If you stop and listen you can learn a lot from an old man. A dirty joke, a story about love, a spiritual understanding of life and death.

CITY IN THE RAIN – This song started with the sound in rain and the splash of tires on the street. It’s the first song I wrote that I thought of as a song someone else might be able to sing.

HAUNTED HOUSE BLUES – Ghost stories are entertainment for some people but if the ghosts are someone you loved it’s a whole different thing.

ON THE NICKEL – Some people can get sidelined by drugs or alcohol and may never recover. The title of this Tom Waits song refers the skid row area around Fifth Street in Los Angeles.

BACKWATER BLUES – Live take of a great Bessie Smith song. Just me on guitar and vocal with Jessie on drums.

FREE BROTHER – My oldest brother died at 59. Too young. Sang this at his funeral.  My stepdaughter Jessie made this recording great with her vocal.  She is all I hear when I listen to this.

MY SONG IS DON’T WORRY – Love the message in this Floyd Dixon song. There is no need to worry overly about money and material things.

DEAD MAN’S SHIRT – In the period between my brother’s death and my father’s funeral this song written by my friend Michael Eck came to me as a kind of cathartic musical outlet.

REQUIEM FOR COYOTE – When I was sixteen I had a dream that I was a soldier in the Civil War. This tune came from that experience. 

NORTHSTAR - This is the song I sang at my father’s funeral. I had been listening to the chord structure of a Soloman Burke soul song, came home from visiting my father in the hospital and this song wrote itself.

HEY HEY BABY - Love the horns on this recording and the just walked into a club in New Orleans live loose feel.

I DON’T KNOW – The sax solo and my step daughters Jessie’s singing really filled out this song about the struggle of relationships.

MILK & HONEY – There may or may not be a barmaid in New York who moves just like that.

OLD MAN’S BLUES – If you stop and listen you can learn a lot from an old man. A dirty joke, a story about love, a spiritual understanding of life and death.

CITY IN THE RAIN – This song started with the sound in rain and the splash of tires on the street. It’s the first song I wrote that I thought of as a song someone else might be able to sing.

HAUNTED HOUSE BLUES – Ghost stories are entertainment for some people but if the ghosts are someone you loved it’s a whole different thing.

ON THE NICKEL – Some people can get sidelined by drugs or alcohol and may never recover. The title of this Tom Waits song refers the skid row area around Fifth Street in Los Angeles.

BACKWATER BLUES – Live take of a great Bessie Smith song. Just me on guitar and vocal with Jessie on drums.

FREE BROTHER – My oldest brother died at 59. Too young. Sang this at his funeral.  My stepdaughter Jessie made this recording great with her vocal.  She is all I hear when I listen to this.

MY SONG IS DON’T WORRY – Love the message in this Floyd Dixon song. There is no need to worry overly about money and material things.

DEAD MAN’S SHIRT – In the period between my brother’s death and my father’s funeral this song written by my friend Michael Eck came to me as a kind of cathartic musical outlet.

REQUIEM FOR COYOTE – When I was sixteen I had a dream that I was a soldier in the Civil War. This tune came from that experience. 



NORTHSTAR - This is the song I sang at my father’s funeral. I had been listening to the chord structure of a Soloman Burke soul song, came home from visiting my father in the hospital and this song wrote itself.

HEY HEY BABY - Love the horns on this recording and the just walked into a club in New Orleans live loose feel.

I DON’T KNOW – The sax solo and my step daughters Jessie’s singing really filled out this song about the struggle of relationships.

MILK & HONEY – There may or may not be a barmaid in New York who moves just like that.

OLD MAN’S BLUES – If you stop and listen you can learn a lot from an old man. A dirty joke, a story about love, a spiritual understanding of life and death.

CITY IN THE RAIN – This song started with the sound in rain and the splash of tires on the street. It’s the first song I wrote that I thought of as a song someone else might be able to sing.

HAUNTED HOUSE BLUES – Ghost stories are entertainment for some people but if the ghosts are someone you loved it’s a whole different thing.

ON THE NICKEL – Some people can get sidelined by drugs or alcohol and may never recover. The title of this Tom Waits song refers the skid row area around Fifth Street in Los Angeles.

BACKWATER BLUES – Live take of a great Bessie Smith song. Just me on guitar and vocal with Jessie on drums.

FREE BROTHER – My oldest brother died at 59. Too young. Sang this at his funeral.  My stepdaughter Jessie made this recording great with her vocal.  She is all I hear when I listen to this.

MY SONG IS DON’T WORRY – Love the message in this Floyd Dixon song. There is no need to worry overly about money and material things.

DEAD MAN’S SHIRT – In the period between my brother’s death and my father’s funeral this song written by my friend Michael Eck came to me as a kind of cathartic musical outlet.

REQUIEM FOR COYOTE – When I was sixteen I had a dream that I was a soldier in the Civil War. This tune came from that experience. 

Brass & Blues

Bye & Bye  

Hot Tamales  

How Long Blues 

Some Of These Days 

Beale Street Blues  

San Francisco Bay Blues  

Step It Up And Go 

Cake Walk Into Town 

St. James Infirmary  

Shine  

I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter 

Aunt Haggar’s Blues

Walking Blues    


This CD can be purchased online here

  

Bluesman-singer/slide guitarist Mark Tolstrup and drummer/singer/songwriter Dale Haskell release their new CD "Street Corner Holler". This collection features songs written by Tolstrup and Haskell as well as traditional material.

On these tracks they are joined by the nationally renowned Tony Markellis on Bass also joining on some tracks are Ron Rost on Hammond Organ, Sten Isachsen on mandolin, Dave Sokal on tuba and great backing vocals by Mother Judge.

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Also available on itunes



What The Critics Say.

“....a rousing, heartfelt, virtuoso-level new album “Street Corner Holler”
Michael Hochanadel - Schenectady Daily Gazette

“Together they produce a mood that tastes like a shot snake blood and Tabasco sauce.”          
Samuel Murphy - The Queensbury Citizen

“Thank you for sending the new CD. I have been driving around with for a few days since I got back from NOLA. This CD is very very good. You and Dale hit the mark on all the tracks. I am very impressed and will play the hell out of it on my show”             
Steve Daub - “Stormy Monday Blues” WRPI

“Mark, Thanks again for sending me your great album "Root Magic" Your mix of covers, traditionals and own songs makes it one of the best rootsblues releases I've heard this year.”        
Thomas Kaldijk - "Blueprint Radio" Holland

 "Mark Tolstrup has unleashed some fine solo blues recordings over the years, but since teaming up with drummer-singer (Dale) Haskell, he’s taken the music up to the next level."
Greg Haymes - Nippertown.com

"Mark Tolstrup & Dale Haskell are masters of balance.  The slide guitarist and drummer, both fine singers, trade off between acoustic music and raunchy, pounding electric blues."
Tom Hyslop - Blues Revue Magazine
        
"Track #2 is the Best re-working of Dylan’s “It Takes A Lot To Laugh…” you’ll probably ever hear as it sounds like it’s straight out of an East Texas roadhouse with mean, distorted guitar and a slow-grind tempo that strippers would love."  
Andy Grigg - Real Blues Magazine


Street Corner Holler
1. Blood On The Floor—Tolstrup/Haskell
2. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry—Bob Dylan
3. Hard Time Killin’ Floor—Skip James
4. City In The Rain —Tolstrup
5. Long Dark Hall —Haskell
6. Tourist Town Offseason —Tolstrup
7. Street Corner Holler—Tolstrup/Haskell
8. Dorval Airport Blues—Tolstrup
9. I Was In The Room When They Died—Haskell
10.Empire State —Tolstrup
11.Christmas Eve In A Liquor Store Parking Lot—Tolstrup
12.Death Don’t Disappoint Me—Haskell
13.Preachin’ Blues—Son House
14.Glory Glory —traditional

 
Roots American blues and ragtime performed with a fresh take and yet steeped in tradition. The Back Roads of America features original songs and tradition material along with "blues" interpretations of songs by other artists. Mark is ably assisted by Dale Haskell on drums and vocal harmony, Frank Orsini on fiddle and mandolin, Bob Stannard on harmonica, Ron Rost on Hammond organ and Dave Sokol on tuba.


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Also available on itunes.com


               "An acoustic blues master with a genuine feel for the classic works of such blues legends as Robert Johnson, Son House and Leadbelly, Tolstrup slides and slashes up and down the neck of his National Steel guitar as effortlessly as if he was born with it in his hands.
              .... The album features Tolstrup's interpretations of songs by Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, as well as a number of traditional blues and gospel nuggets. The disc also features a handful of his fine original tunes (including the heartbreaking ballad of loss "1979") and songs that you might not expect to find on a blues album -- the Beatles' "Come Together" and the Rolling Stones' "No Expectations." Recorded by Michael Jerling at his Fools Hill Studios in Saratoga, the CD is a genuine blues gem."

Greg Haymes - Albany Times Union 
"Root Magic"was produced by highly respected veteran musician Tony Markellis this CD presents American roots blues from solo acoustic to electric band. This collection includes traditional blues played with respect for the past while bringing them froward into the present and original material that is fresh yet still in the tradition. On this CD Mark is supported by outstanding performances by Tony Markellis (who has played with The Trey Anistasio Band, Paul Butterfield, David Bromberg , No Outlet among others) on bass, Dale Haskell (of No Outlet) on Drums and Richard Bell (who has played with many great musicians including Janis Joplin and The Band) on piano



Root Magic is available at www.cdbaby.com

Click the cdbaby icon at right to listen to samples and purchase the CD.

Also available at Fool's Hill Music.This site carries many CD's by some great local artists.

Root Magic is also available digitally online at iTunes.