Eighth solo album due in March...

Eighth solo album due in March…

Mark Knopfler has released details of his new studio album, Tracker.

The 11-track album will be released on March 16 on Universal.

Tracker has been produced by Knopfler and Guy Fletcher and was recorded at British Grove Studios in London. The band features Mark Knopfler on guitars, Guy Fletcher on keyboards, John McCusker on fiddle, Mike McGoldrick on whistle and flute, Glenn Worf on bass and Ian Thomas on drums. Guest musicians include Ruth Moody (from The Wailin’ Jennys) on vocals, Nigel Hitchcock on saxophone and Phil Cunningham on accordion.

Knopfler says: “The album title Tracker arrived out of me trying to find my way over the decades. Out of me tracking time – looking at people, places and things from my past, and out of the process of tracking as in recording tracks in the studio.”

Knopfler also revealed that “The [Tracker] songs ‘Lights Of Taormina’ and ‘Silver Eagle’ came into being partly through my trips in Europe and the US with Bob Dylan.”

Scroll down to hear the track, “Beryl”, about author Beryl Bainbridge.

Tracker will be available on CD, double vinyl, deluxe CD with four bonus tracks, and a box set.

The track listing for the standard CD is:

Laughs And Jokes And Drinks And Smokes
River Towns
Mighty Man
Broken Bones
Long Cool Girl
Lights of Taormina
Silver Eagle
Wherever I Go [featuring Ruth Moody]

Knopfler will also tour in May. The UK dates are:

May 16, Manchester; Phones 4U Arena
May 17, Sheffield; Motorpoint Arena
May 19, Glasgow; The SSE Hydro
May 20, Newcastle; Metro Radio Arena
May 22, London; The O2
May 23, Birmingham; LG Arena/

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  • Tony

    Oh dear oh dear, why did he pick the O2 for this very
    intimate gig. And, as has been commented earlier, it sounded AWFUL, with most
    of the sound seeming to wash around the back of the arena resulting in this
    weird echo effect. Now this is not the O2’s fault as I have seen other bands
    there that sounded great, can only be his mixer and engineers that staged it
    all so wrong. As for the set, don’t get me started – how could he not do ‘Money
    for Nothing’ ffs. Lengthy jams were overindulgent and he should have done more
    Straits as clearly that’s what the crowd wanted, but I would forgive him that
    had it not sounded so BAD.