MARK KNOPFLER TO RELEASE TRACKER MARCH 17
MARK KNOPFLER TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM TRACKER MARCH 17
LEAD SINGLE BERYL PREMIERES WORLDWIDE ON VEVO21 JANUARY 2014 (Toronto, ON) – Tracker, the new record from legendary musician and songwriter Mark Knopfler, will be released March 17 on Verve Records/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Trackermarks the eighth solo recording from Knopfler, who Rolling Stone praises as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. The single Beryl is now streaming worldwide at Vevo and is an instant download for fans who pre-order the record digitally now. Knopfler will celebrate the release with an extensive tour in 2015, details of which are coming soon. Recorded at his own British Grove Studios in West London, Trackerincludes 11 new songs inspired by a wide range of subjects including Beryl Bainbridge and Basil Bunting. The album was produced by Knopfler and his long-time friend and collaborator Guy Fletcher who also plays keyboard on the record. In addition, Tracker features Glenn Worf on bass, Mike McGoldrick on whistle and flute, John McCusker on fiddle 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. Tracker will be available on CD, double vinyl, deluxe CDw ith four bonus tracks, and a box set that will include the album on both CD and viny lwith a bonus CD featuring six extra tracks, a DVD with an exclusive short film directed by Henrik Hansen and an interview with Knopfler where he talks about the new record. Sleeve notes have been specially written by acclaimed U.S. author Richard Ford and also contain a numbered art print and six photo graphic prints. A multiple Grammy award winner as the lead vocalist and songwriter for Dire Straits, Knopfler has released seven solo albums as well as recording Neck And Neck with one of his guitar heroes, Chet Atkins, and collaborated with Emmylou Harris on All The Roadrunning. He has created soundtracks for Local Hero and The Princess Bride and is currently working on a new film, Altamira. In addition to producing his own records, Knopfler has also produced albums for Bob Dylan and Randy Newman, amongst others. He was made an OBE in 1999 and was given the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ivor Novellos in 2012.