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Down The Road Wherever

Mark Knopfler

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Nine albums into a remarkably consistent post-Dire Straits solo career, Mark Knopfler has little to prove aside from living up to his own high standards. That's not to say he's incapable of surprises or the occasional left turn, but the general trajectory of his non-soundtrack output as far back as 2004's Shangri-La has continued to cut a pleasingly familiar groove that fuses his myriad preferences (country, jazz, blues, pub rock, folk, Celtic) into the distinctive brand of understated English roots rock that has become his bailiwick. A single elegantly muted guitar squall or dry vocal phrase is usually all it takes to recognize the author and yet, Knopfler has never been one to coast on his reputation, diligently putting in the work and honing each of his songs into their essential form. Such is the case with Down the Road Wherever, a classic Knopfler grab-bag that essentially picks up where 2015's Tracker left off. A wide-ranging mix of reflective autobiographical fare and warm, eclectic storytelling, it runs the gamut from tales of a footloose football fan strolling through enemy territory (the bluesy "Just a Boy Away from Home") and a wayward bar musician hitchhiking on Christmas Day (the spare solo acoustic cut "Matchstick Man") to a pair of deeply personal and elegant piano-led jazz ballads in "When You Leave" and the smoky "Slow Learner." Well-crafted midtempo rockers like "Good on You Son" and "Back on the Dance Floor" hit that deep pocket of hooky melodicism, nimble unhurried fretwork, and half-drawled cool that is one of Knopfler's specialties. A somewhat lengthy collection, the album does tend to drag a little in its second half and while there are no outright duds, a bit of editing might have turned a strong 14-track outing into an excellent ten or 12-track one. Still, the fact that Knopfler is writing and recording at such a high level of quality at this stage in his career makes each release something to celebrate.
© Timothy Monger /TiVo

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1
Trapper Man
00:06:01

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Beverley Skeete, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nigel Hitchcock, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Kissoon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Walsh, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Trevor Mires, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Cummings, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Cook, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Elliot, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Tyrrell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rowan McIntosh, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Poppy Kavanagh, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A British Grove Records / Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 2018 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

2
Back On The Dance Floor
00:05:30

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Imelda May, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jim Cox, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Cummings, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Cook, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Elliot, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Tyrrell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rowan McIntosh, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Poppy Kavanagh, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A British Grove Records / Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 2018 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

3
Nobody’s Child
00:04:16

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jim Cox, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Cummings, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Cook, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Elliot, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Tyrrell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rowan McIntosh, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Poppy Kavanagh, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A British Grove Records / Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 2018 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

4
Just A Boy Away From Home
00:05:12

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie McIntosh, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nigel Hitchcock, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Oscar Hammerstein II , ComposerLyricist - Richard Rogers, ComposerLyricist - Glenn Worf, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jim Cox, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Walsh, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Cummings, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Cook, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Elliot, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Tyrrell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rowan McIntosh, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Poppy Kavanagh, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A British Grove Records / Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 2018 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

5
When You Leave
00:04:12

Richard Bennett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Cummings, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Mixer, Vibraphone, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Cook, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Elliot, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Tyrrell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rowan McIntosh, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Poppy Kavanagh, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A British Grove Records / Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 2018 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

6
Good On You Son
00:05:38

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lance Ellington, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Beverley Skeete, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jim Cox, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Kissoon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Walsh, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Cummings, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Cook, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Elliot, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Tyrrell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rowan McIntosh, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Poppy Kavanagh, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A British Grove Records / Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 2018 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

7
My Bacon Roll
00:05:35

Richard Bennett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jim Cox, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Cummings, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Cook, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kris Drever, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Elliot, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Tyrrell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rowan McIntosh, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Poppy Kavanagh, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A British Grove Records / Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 2018 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

8
Nobody Does That
00:05:15

Richard Bennett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lance Ellington, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Beverley Skeete, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nigel Hitchcock, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jim Cox, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Kissoon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Walsh, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Cummings, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Cook, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Elliot, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Tyrrell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rowan McIntosh, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Poppy Kavanagh, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A British Grove Records / Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 2018 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

9
One Song At A Time
00:06:17

Richard Bennett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jim Cox, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Cummings, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - John McCusker, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Cook, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike McGoldrick, Whistle, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Elliot, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Tyrrell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rowan McIntosh, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Poppy Kavanagh, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A British Grove Records / Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 2018 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

10
Floating Away
00:05:02

Richard Bennett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Imelda May, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Cummings, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Cook, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Elliot, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Tyrrell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rowan McIntosh, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Poppy Kavanagh, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A British Grove Records / Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 2018 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

11
Slow Learner
00:04:34

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Walsh, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Cummings, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Cook, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Elliot, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Tyrrell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rowan McIntosh, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Poppy Kavanagh, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A British Grove Records / Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 2018 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

12
Heavy Up
00:05:59

Richard Bennett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lance Ellington, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Beverley Skeete, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nigel Hitchcock, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jim Cox, Piano, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Kissoon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Walsh, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Trevor Mires, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Cummings, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Mixer, Organ, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Cook, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Elliot, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Tyrrell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rowan McIntosh, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Poppy Kavanagh, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A British Grove Records / Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 2018 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

13
Matchstick Man
00:02:51

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Cook, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Hollis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Elliot, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Tyrrell, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rowan McIntosh, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Poppy Kavanagh, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A British Grove Records / Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 2018 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive license to Mercury Records Limited

Album Description

Nine albums into a remarkably consistent post-Dire Straits solo career, Mark Knopfler has little to prove aside from living up to his own high standards. That's not to say he's incapable of surprises or the occasional left turn, but the general trajectory of his non-soundtrack output as far back as 2004's Shangri-La has continued to cut a pleasingly familiar groove that fuses his myriad preferences (country, jazz, blues, pub rock, folk, Celtic) into the distinctive brand of understated English roots rock that has become his bailiwick. A single elegantly muted guitar squall or dry vocal phrase is usually all it takes to recognize the author and yet, Knopfler has never been one to coast on his reputation, diligently putting in the work and honing each of his songs into their essential form. Such is the case with Down the Road Wherever, a classic Knopfler grab-bag that essentially picks up where 2015's Tracker left off. A wide-ranging mix of reflective autobiographical fare and warm, eclectic storytelling, it runs the gamut from tales of a footloose football fan strolling through enemy territory (the bluesy "Just a Boy Away from Home") and a wayward bar musician hitchhiking on Christmas Day (the spare solo acoustic cut "Matchstick Man") to a pair of deeply personal and elegant piano-led jazz ballads in "When You Leave" and the smoky "Slow Learner." Well-crafted midtempo rockers like "Good on You Son" and "Back on the Dance Floor" hit that deep pocket of hooky melodicism, nimble unhurried fretwork, and half-drawled cool that is one of Knopfler's specialties. A somewhat lengthy collection, the album does tend to drag a little in its second half and while there are no outright duds, a bit of editing might have turned a strong 14-track outing into an excellent ten or 12-track one. Still, the fact that Knopfler is writing and recording at such a high level of quality at this stage in his career makes each release something to celebrate.
© Timothy Monger /TiVo

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