Mark Knopfler – Privateering

Routinely hailed as one of the world’s greatest guitarists, former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler ,  has release his seventh solo album “Privateering”  and while he may be best known as the enigmatic frontman of rock band Dire Straits he has also recorded plenty of other great solo albums, including Golden Heart (1996), Sailing to Philadelphia (2000), and Get Lucky (2009).

Being a big fan of Knopfller and Dire Straits I have been listening to the new album which is a 2cd collection of   soulful and heartfelt  low-key country blues and rootsy Anglo-American sounds made up of 20 original  folk, blues, country and rock songs which are set in a musical landscape described as “where the Mississippi Delta meets the Tyne”.

The title track is an invitation to join a ship’s company in a bygone era of seafaring plunder and licensed piracy,which has an analogy with the modern rock and roll life. There is also some old-timers’ country, roadhouse blues, a piano ballad and yearning Celtic pipe, a grim shepherd’s tale as well as Some noisier blues. The album also features contributions from Afro-Celt Sound System’s Mike McGoldrick on flute, American mandolin supremo Tim O’Brien, alongside many other world-class musicians.  Knopfler also recently received  a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Ivor Novello Awards.
Redbud Tree
Haul Away
Don’t forget Your Hat
Privateering
Miss You Blues
Corned Beef City
Go Love
Hot or What
Yon Two Crows
Seattle
Kingdom of Gold
Got to have Something
Radio City Serenade
I Used to Could
Gator Blood
Bluebird
Dream of the Drowned Submariner
Blood and water
Today is Okay
After the Beanstalk