by Brent Warnken
Mark Knopfler may still be best known for his work with Dire Straits, but the singer/guitarist is hitting the road solo this spring. Knopfler's solo outing is in support of his latest album, Get Lucky, which received critical acclaim upon its September 2009 release, reports Pollstar.
Knopfler's sixth studio album, Get Lucky was recorded at his British Grove Studios in West London. Get Lucky garnered praise from USA Today, which hailed the solo album "a beauty, full of ripe, haunting melodies and gently vital, folky arrangements that showcase his robust and lyrical guitar work," while the New York Times said the effort "radiates wariness and maturity as well as poise."
Fans with Mark Knopfler tickets online can see the guitarist live on his month-long tour of the States and Canada when it kicks off at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, Wash. on April 8. Knopfler will stop in Portland, Ore.; Oakland, Calif.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Denver, Colo.; Chicago, Ill.; Toronto, ON; Montreal, QC and Boston, Mass. on his upcoming tour. Knopfler's last stop will be at the Palace Theatre in Albany, N.Y. on May 9, after which point he will travel across the Atlantic for dates in the U.K. and Europe.
Although fans can expect to hear songs off Get Lucky on Knopfler's upcoming road trip, he previously revealed to Billboard.com that he would play songs from his Dire Straits catalog as well. "When I'm playing the old Dire Straits stuff ... these (songs) have become like milestones for people, and when you play them you have to pay attention to that. I never like to play things the same, but with, like 'Brothers in Arms,' the first four notes I probably do play them the same because they've become part of this fabric and the way people live with the song," the guitarist explained about playing old hits. The same batch of musicians that were on hand during the recordings of Get Lucky and Knopfler's latest albums will be with him on the road.
Get Lucky is the follow-up to 2007's Kill to Get Crimson, which debuted at the No. 26 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. Prior to releasing Kill to Get Crimson and after his 2004 solo effort Shangri-La, Knopfler recording the collaborative album All the Road Running with Emmylou Harris. Knopfler donated proceeds from the lead single off Get Lucky, "Remembrance Day," to the Poppy Appeal. The Poppy Appeal supports the Royal British Legion, an organization for former and present members of the British armed services. Along with "Remembrance Day," other gems from Get Lucky include "Cleaning My Gun" and "Border River."
Although Dire Straits has been inactive for 15 years, Mark Knopfler continues to remain associated with the band known for songs like "Sultans of Swing," "Brothers in Arms" and "Romeo and Juliet." Knopfler formed Dire Straits in the late 1970s, and the group's sixth album Brothers in Arms became perhaps its biggest hit in 1985.
The band took a hiatus not long after the album's release, cracking under the pressure of matching its success with a follow-up, but Knopfler reconvened Dire Straits for 1991's On Every Street. Dire Straits was put to rest in 1995 and Knopfler officially launched the solo career he had been toying with in the form of 1996's Golden Heart. Six solo albums later and Knopfler is still at it.
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