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High Time

by The Mark Knoll Band

Rippin' Bluesy Rock and Fusion, High Time is a high energy offering of musical interplay between some of Minneapolis/St Paul's finest musicians, along with good old fashioned song craft.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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1. Gotta Give It Up
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2. It's Gotta Matter To Ya
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3. Lay It On The Line
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4. High Time
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5. They Don't Cry
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6. Fall Blues
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7. Sweet Little Thing
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8. The Bird Flew (This Bird Has Flu)
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9. You've Got A Lot To Learn
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10. That's A Ball
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Album Notes
The long awaited new CD by Minneapolis, Minnesota's Mark Knoll Band is now available!

The CD features 10 of Mark's original songs with performances by Mark on guitar and vocals, MICHAEL PILHOFER on drums, CHARLES FLETCHER on bass, and guest appearances by Ricky Peterson on Hammond organ and Scottie Miller on Piano. Horn arrangements on two of the songs were done by PERRY RASK.

VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE made it clear what they thought of the new CD: A review in December 07, a full page interview with Mark in January of 08, and high praise of Mark's guitar work as a sideman with the Lamont Cranston Band in February of 08. The CD has also received favorable reviews in BLUES REVUE MAGAZINE, and several European music magazines including GOOD TIMES and BREAKOUT. It is selling all over the world, especially in Europe where it is being played on numerous radio stations and internet programs.

The January 2008 issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine said:

"The new release from the Mark Knoll Band, "High Time", serves up a good sampling of guitar-driven rock and blues. The guitar is big and bold and right-in-your-face. The sound might bring to mind a mix of Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, and Eric Clapton when they're really thinking guitar."

A translation from the German music magazine GOOD TIMES:

"A string puller par excellence, production is first class. Guitar and organ fans should score 199 points here. It's hard to understand that top class like this group doesn't yet have a record contract in the USA.

And this quote from a disc jockey in Poland:

"Wow, this is the first thing that came to my mind after pressing play button on my stereo. The opening cut sounds just like a smash hit played by all radio stations, big and small. With a kick ass guitar, catchy melody and strong vocals it must be a crowd pleaser. Other cuts are just as good. Knoll's guitar skills are well above the average and he can make his guitar scream or whisper, depending on the song. I think the word “song” is quite important here – “High Time” is full of well crafted songs that have a big cross-over potential. Together with a tight band Knoll has recorded a very good album, perfect for both, blues lovers and guitar aficionados".

A quote from a recent podcast interview on A1 Artist Spotlight:

"This is the second week in a row I’ve had a knock out CD. The very first time I heard this CD High Time I was in love with it. It’s great rock & blues with loads of great guitar solos. Everything about this CD seems so natural and in the right place. It’s like Mark Knoll looked at my top twenty records and spit out something new as a result of hearing those. Did I tell you about all the guitars and great solos?" (To read the entire review, and listen to the podcast, log on to


A passionate and instantly recognizable sylist, Mark has performed throughout the United States, primarily in the Midwest. He has performed with and shared the stage with many national acts including Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, Edgar Winters White Trash, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, The Drifters, The Platters, The Coasters, and the Marvelettes. He has also appeared as a session guitarist and co-writer on many regional releases including The Lamont Cranston Band, Scottie Miller and the Re-uptake Inhibitors, and George Faber.


DRUMS: Michael Pilhofer

A prolific performer, clinician, and educator, Michael Pilhofer has an impressive list of credits to his name. Michael’s diverse performance background includes having worked with local groups such as the Legendary Combo, Mick Sterling and the Stud Brothers, Debbie Duncan, Bruce Henry, Connie Evingson, Patty Peterson, Cynthia Johnson, Gwen Matthews, Voice Trek, Cookie Coleman, and others. National artists Michael has performed with include Joe Lovano, Marian McPartland, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, Bill Holman, Dr. Horace Boyer, Wycliffe Gordon, and Gene Bertoncini. As well as being an in demand clinician Michael is currently an Assistant Professor at McNally Smith College of music in St Paul, one of the premier contemporary music colleges in the U.S.

BASS: Charles Fletcher

Charles is an accomplished electric bassist, bringing his 4-string, 5-string, and 6-string fretted and fretless bass talents to a wide variety of performances. His credits include extensive blues work with Jimmy Valentine, Lamont Cranston, Doug Maynard, and many others. His performances in the Rhythm and Blues scene include work with Mick Sterling and the TC Jammers and reggae/calypso with the likes of Shangoya and Wain McFarlane. Charles has also performed with jazz groups Northcoast and Glen Helgeson’s Axis Mundi, to name a few.


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Rainer Knietzsch

Great rocking blues!!!
This is Germany calling...
I think it's hard to convince a record company and let them get you a contract. And I think it's hard, too, to win the interest of people and build up a fan base. Well, Mark Knoll did the first step and I hope that he will do the second, too! Sorry, I'm not busy with American superlatives, but this band is GREAT. If you like GARY MOORE and JEFF HEALEY, you will love MARK KNOLL. This guy really knows what to do!


huge fan
This Bird Has Flu... love it, absolutely love it.


blues fan
Love the Hammond organ solos! worth buying, worth listening to again and again.

Colin Monette

Tried and True
Absolutely Rippin guitar! Your music has a good message. Very Cool!

Frankie Vee

the real thing
Great Album. Good music, good production, good artists. As a Hammond player I was very pleased with the guest players on the CD. They also did a great job.


great find..a few years late
OK..this band has great that should be touring..etc...the band..the cd.. is great!! Anyone who can't get enough 'Classic Rock" would most likely enjoy this...So when can Chicago see tickets for sale to see "The Mark Knoll Band" performing in Chicago??????????


Real music
Mark you've come along ways since "I'm not your steppin stone" and junior high. Album is fantastic!!!!!

John Heidt

Great guitar sounds and a musical mix of blues, rock, and pop highlight this disc. The opener, "Gotta Give It Up" hints at what's in store-big, bold guitar with a great tone kicks off the funky rocker that glides through changes and features a fine vocal from Knoll. Its perfectly-placed guitar fills hint at a technique that reappears throughout the disc. A tip of the cap to Robben Ford surfaces on "Fall Blues", which has a jazzy feel, a fine organ solo, and big, soaring, singing guitar notes during Knoll's solo. "Lay It On the Line" is a chunky rocker with tasty solo work. "The Bird Flew (This Bird Has Flu) is an instrumental that modulates through several keys and group of chord changes. Knoll's soloing is on the money and the tone is perfect, loud, but never obnoxious. Funk moves to the forefront on cuts like "You've Got a Lot to Learn" and "It's Gotta Matter To Ya". The ballad "Sweet Little Thing" starts with an acoustic, and by the bridge we get a glimpse of Knoll's harmonic knowledge via a set of changes that are surprisingly gorgeous.