Mark & Jill
Sing The Blues
(518)260-1287

 
For Booking Contact:
Mark Tolstrup
(518)260-1287
mark@marktolstrup.com
Mark & Jill
Roots blues Americana, gospel and soulful originals

Based in Up State New York, Mark and Jill meld their vision and talent for a taste of New Orleans meets Austin. NY Blues Hall of Fame bluesman Mark Tolstrup and sultry Texas singer Jill Burnham come together where the Delta meets the Rio Grande. Over a haunting slide guitar their voices soar and blend in harmony. Mark and Jill bring a fresh original interpretation to the earliest roots of the blues. Their original songs deal with both the hard realties of life and the joys of being alive. 


Mark & Jill won the 2022 the Capital Region Thomas Edison Awards “Blues Artist of the Year”. They were the winners of the Capital Region Blues Network competition and were finalists in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis May, 2022. 




"Singin’ the blues, although stolen colloquially to indicate complaining about your situation, was intended to do just the opposite, to pull you out of your doldrums, to wave your fist at misfortune, face your troubles head on…howl at the moon.  Mark and Jill embrace that tradition by diving into the rich history of the music as well as paying it forward with their own heartfelt compositions."  
Joel Moss, producer

“An acoustic blues master with a genuine feel for the classic works of such blues legends as Robert Johnson, Son House and Leadbelly…”
Greg Haymes, Albany Times Union 

 "I am so pleased to find something to feel good about in the first half of 2020. The blues has brought many hearts and souls through hard times for over a century and I think you will be moved, inspired and soothed by this collection of ten songs."
Michael Jerling, Fools Hill Music

"Mark & Jill Sing the Blues will pep you up and soothe your soul! With Mark providing robust male vocals and crisp guitar and Jill in heartfelt harmony, they give one’s spirits a boost. Whether country, blues, or in between"
Rainy Wetnight, Blues Blast Magazine
 





“An acoustic blues master with a genuine feel for the classic works of such blues legends as Robert Johnson, Son House and Leadbelly…”
Greg Haymes, Albany Times Union 

 "I am so pleased to find something to feel good about in the first half of 2020. The blues has brought many hearts and souls through hard times for over a century and I think you will be moved, inspired and soothed by this collection of ten songs."
Michael Jerling, Fools Hill Music

"Mark & Jill Sing the Blues will pep you up and soothe your soul! With Mark providing robust male vocals and crisp guitar and Jill in heartfelt harmony, they give one’s spirits a boost. Whether country, blues, or in between"
Rainy Wetnight, Blues Blast Magazine
 
“An acoustic blues master with a genuine feel for the classic works of such blues legends as Robert Johnson, Son House and Leadbelly…”
Greg Haymes, Albany Times Union 

 "I am so pleased to find something to feel good about in the first half of 2020. The blues has brought many hearts and souls through hard times for over a century and I think you will be moved, inspired and soothed by this collection of ten songs."
Michael Jerling, Fools Hill Music

"Mark & Jill Sing the Blues will pep you up and soothe your soul! With Mark providing robust male vocals and crisp guitar and Jill in heartfelt harmony, they give one’s spirits a boost. Whether country, blues, or in between"
Rainy Wetnight, Blues Blast Magazine