“One Deep River” is Mark Knopfler’s new album which will be released on April 12th.
His tenth solo album on his own British Grove label via EMI, features 12 elegant new Knopfler tracks, where his warm tone of voice, poetic lyrics and guitar playing are strongly present but never out of place and as always dazzling .
The first single from the album precedes the album Ahead Of The Game, a melancholic, perhaps autobiographical, story about a singer-songwriter struggling to make it, told on a classic, typically Knopfleresque riff.
The title track One Deep River reflects Knopfler’s deep emotional connection to the river that runs through his hometown Newcastle. “Crossing the Tyne is always on your mind,” he says. “You did it as a child and the feeling remains the same every time you do it. When you leave the city or when you return this element always connects to your childhood, and its power does not go away.”
“One Deep River” offers an uninterrupted flow of future Knopfler classics, characterized by the usual cultured lyrics and refined guitar textures. They draw on a history of influences that cross the genres of blues, folk, rock and beyond, revealing their charm with grace and depth as always.
One Deep River was produced by Knopfler together with his long-time collaborator Guy Fletcher and recorded at British Grove Studios in London.
The band behind the sounds of One Deep River features Mark Knopfler on guitars, Jim Cox and Guy Fletcher on keyboards, Glenn Worf on bass, Ian Thomas on drums and Danny Cummings on percussion, Richard Bennett on second guitar and newbie Greg Leisz on pedal steel guitar; Mike McGoldrick played flute and bagpipes, John McCusker played violin, and backing vocals were performed by sisters Emma and Tamsin Topolski. All songs were written by Mark Knopfler.
The album will be available on CD, 2CD deluxe, black and colored double LP and in a limited edition box which will include the album on CD and vinyl, 5 bonus tracks on CD and 4 on vinyl, a lithograph of Mark together with the guitars played on the record, a set of plectrums and an enamel badge. The deluxe box will be available exclusively on the Universal Music Italia shop, the colored double LP exclusively on Discoteca Laziale.
Standard Album Tracklist
Two Pairs Of Hands
Ahead Of The Game
Black Tie Jobs
Watch Me Gone
Sweeter Than The Rain
Before My Train Comes
This One’s Not Going To End Well
One Deep River
Bonus Vinyl Tracklist (in boxset):
Dolly Shop Man
Your Leading Man
Bonus CD Tracklist (in boxset):
The Living End
Fat Chance Dupree
Along A Foreign Coast
What I’m Gonna Need
Nothing But Rain
On January 31, 2024, Christies will auction Mark Knopfler’s guitar collection. Made up of over 120 guitar amps, the collection spans Mark’s 50-year career and chronicles the different types of instruments he used to write, record and perform his catalogue. The auction will include the Gibson Les Paul Mark played on Dire Strait’s “Brother In Arms” and at Live Aid, a red Fender Stratocaster Mark Knopfler Signature, a 1951 Martin D-28 and some guitars used for One Deep River.
THE TV SERIES
Mark has teamed up with legendary AC/DC singer Brian Johnson for a new six-part series from Sky Arts. The two offer a fascinating point of view on the entire history of popular music together with special guests such as Sam Fender and Emmylou Harris. Airing dates will be announced soon.
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