Mark Knopfler (from the album Down the Road Wherever available on British Grove Records)
Not needing to explain his reasons four decades into a career, Mark Knopfler hangs a sign out for anyone interested in his day-to-day existence with the title on his recent release, Down the Road Wherever. The album title is the musician’s version of ‘Gone Fishin’’ as their daily choices move from sitting down to write a song, into the studio or off to play a gig. Down the Road Wherever is a nod to a happy place for Mark Knopfler, his personal comfort zone on stage and performing his songs. These goals were set early on, and Mark Knopfler takes listeners into a memory of his musical early days, transporting Down the Road Wherever back to Deptford, England 1979 as Mark’s band, Dire Straits, begins to pick their way out of the pub scene in “One Song at a Time”. The storyline watches the guitarist travel from local hero bar band to circling the globe with his own patented brand of transatlantic Blues.
The guitar playing of Mark Knopfler is the constant as Down the Road Wherever style shift from Folk lightly touched with jazz noodlings in “Floating Away” as Blues riffs playfully romp with the late-night dreams of “Just a Boy Away from Home” and rough rhythms dart across “Nobody Does That”. The guitar lines of Mark Knopfler have become as recognizable as the familiarity of his voice and Down the Road Wherever steadfastly traces a groove as the storyline searches along with its narrator for “My Bacon Roll”. Mark Knopfler turns wistful as love’s demons exit on a tender jazz noir melody in “When You Leave” while “Every Heart in the Room” flutters on a bright beat and joins the snakeline into the rhythmic draw of “Back on the Dance Floor”.
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