Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler

"On privateer, So a privateer, I am, if one's even sure does, "says Mark Knopfler and refers to this element of surprise statement on the title track of his eighth solo album, with the legendary singer and guitarist in fact those adventurous era evoked in the privateer went on the prowl, and subjected to the teeth armed pirates with Kaperbriefen over the oceans. The modern lifestyle of rock Roll the counterpart is this authorized buccaneer life, Knopfler: "Good for me it is the greatest break with a group of people and to draw the globe. I just like it that I set the direction and with the band and the crew can drive through an ever-changing environment to occur at ever new places. So put completely on yourself you move through the land and make your way around the world. Government grants there's not, when you do this kind of music, so you're on your own: You're a pirate, a privateer. And just as I like it, too. "

It is located at privateering to the first double album in the now 35-year career of Mark Knopfler. "Yes, the older I get, the greater is this urge to write new songs," says the singer. "Who knows if this is due now that I'm afraid I might run away the time; I dont know. All this fills me anyway, more than ever - the writing of the songs, the studio work, the performances, I enjoy every aspect of it. And I have so many song ideas flying around that you almost have to be careful, First Step. "

The total of 20 new songs, which he on privateering has gathered, each a little folk, blues, country or rock masterpiece, bear witness to the unbridled creativity of a musician whose work only this year at the Ivor Novello Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award Award. Mark Knopfler is a man who has performed in front of tens of millions of people, who has worked with the likes of Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Emmylou Harris or Van Morrison. For classic films including Local Hero, The Princess Bride, Last Exit to Brooklyn or Wag the Dog - When the tail wags the dog he was allowed to contribute the matching soundtrack. And of course it has been repeatedly cited and party over the years as one of the best guitarists in the world. He, however, regarded primarily as a songwriter. In this his latest album is perhaps the greatest work that he has taken in this role to date.

"My understanding of music has always been marked by a transatlantic approach. One could also say: The sky which is for me somewhere between the Mississippi Delta and the Tyne-region. So what I already with the first album of Dire Straits, pieces like 'Sultans of Swing' had in mind was to put my own personal map about the American music that had influenced me, a certain sense, for myself to define the English, Irish and Scottish landmarks on the road from Chuck Berry. Today, I think I try both: these influences to synthesize the one hand and to separate them from the other. My band consists of so gifted musicians, they are so adept and versatile that I can break into any x-any musical direction at any time - and you can follow me: For a moment, it sounds like on a farm in the hills north of England, and the next moment let's jump purely in the New York downtown or move down to the delta and put on knotless blues sound. "

And so moves Knopfler on privateering because even from dreamy Americana bonds in Song "Redbud Tree", crossed by those silvery Stratocaster licks that are his trademark for decades, About sailor tunes ("Haul Away") Up to the boastful Slide Guitar Blues "Gator Blood" or the eagerly-Celtic folk sound of "Kingdom Of Gold". privateering is an album on which one encounters very different characters, the grim shepherds from the north ("Yon Two Crows") As well as the arrogant players "Hot Or What", While the atmosphere with the scenery changes constantly - sometimes there are lovers of the rainy "Seattle", Here at odds, then again mysterious thoughts about transience, as in the case of "Dream Of The Drowned Submariner". With such a lot of tact these songs, both musically and lyrically, are knit, is hard to believe, because Knopfler succeed with the support of his band again and again to bring its respective concerns in the proper form. However, privateering not a concept album; also song cycle would not be the right term for it. For the fact is much simpler: Here one of the largest and most unmistakable musician makes simply what he does best.

"I was in the end for it decided to publish a double album, because the mass of new material demanded just afterwards. I wanted to make neither any subdivision, thus separating blues songs of folk or country music pieces, and I was not then, to let a few of my favorites disappear into a drawer. The album should reflect as a whole, especially what fOr fantastic sessions we had: When playing with such terrific musicians, that's like a group of talented actors come together and share a script reading - you can use it to bring life, how it had not previously thought possible. this is the place for the band, to which I have worked all my life. "

Among the musicians who Mark Knopfler has gathered around him since the mid-nineties, among other Guy Fletcher (Keyboard) Richard Bennett (Guitar), Jim Cox (Piano), Glenn Worf (Bass), Mike McGoldrick (Flute) and John McCusker (Violin), recently completed by the unique Ian Thomas behind the drums. Furthermore asked Knopfler Also album as guest Paul Franklin (Pedal steel guitar) Phil Cunningham (Accordion) and Tim O'Brien (Mandolin) to be in the studio. Finally, the microphone he shared with Ruth Moody of the roots-rock band The Wailin 'Jennys: "That Ruth has worked on my album, I care very much, "said Knopfler. "It is one of the best singers and songwriters out there, and I have to their stuff simply listen again and again." Finally, in the blues tracks allowed the harmonica of Kim Wilson, For almost four decades of the legendary rock band blue The Fabulous Thunderbirds, not missing: "Good for me the harmonica has always been one of the key elements of the blues. I remember how much it impressed me as a child, Muddy Waters to see: As the harmonica all the time set the tone, while the band went off to. If you ask me, is Kim Wilson The greatest harmonica players of our time; for years I had allowed him high on the list, and so it was of course amazing, also welcome him in the studio. We have perfectly understood each other right away, and the session with him was great. "

Recorded in Knopflers own British Grove Studios, is privateering a smart, subtle, soulful and extraordinary work of a legendary musician with an unbeatable band in the back. It tells hard, honest stories of how they are written by life in times like these; Stories of individuals who have to nibble on their fate. And presented the whole thing with the kind of self-confidence, as they can put only a latter-day freebooters of the day. Even the album cover, on which a battered tour bus and a shaggy mutt can be seen, speaks volumes: "I remember that formerly could immediately join a band, if you had such a bus. For that reason alone, these vehicles have always occupied a special place in my heart. Also, I thought it was important to work with such a picture, to take the title some of this classic swashbuckler Hochseepiraten- and-smack. If you ask me, a man is in his tour bus as well as a privateer classified as one who lives on a frigate or on a gunboat. He is on the way, makes its own way, and all are only one's own nose. That is what I mean. And yet that is ultimately what we're all out. "

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