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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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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 -

"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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               "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

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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.