Mark Knopfler premiers new single ‘Back On The Dance Floor’

Mark Knopfler is premiering the new single ‘Back On The Dance Floor’ from his upcoming ninth solo studio album Down The Road Wherever (out November 16 on British Grove Records via Blue Note); listen/share the track at https://markknopfler.lnk.to/BOTDFPR.

Recorded by Knopfler at British Grove—his West London studio—Down The Road Wherever features 14 new songs inspired by a wide range of subjects, including Knopfler’s early days in Deptford with Dire Straits, a stray soccer fan lost in a strange town, the compulsion of a musician hitching home through the snow and a man out of time in his local greasy spoon diner.
In celebration of the forthcoming album, Knopfler is set for an extensive North American tour kicking off on August 16, 2019 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. See below for a complete list of dates; tickets for most North American shows are available for purchase now at http://tour.markknopfler.com/ and each ticket comes with a copy of Down the Road Wherever. Fans are urged to buy tickets from Knopfler’s website rather than resellers as the tickets’ authenticity and price can’t be guaranteed. Check http://markknopfler.com for the best way to buy tickets and for all details of safe fan-to-fan resale sites.

On tour Knopfler will perform with an expanded ten-piece band, most of whom have been working with him for more than two decades: Guy Fletcher (keyboards), Richard Bennett (guitar), Jim Cox (piano), Mike McGoldrick (whistle and flute), John McCusker (fiddle and cittern), Glenn Worf (bass), Danny Cummings (percussion) and Ian Thomas (drums). New additions include Graeme Blevins (saxophone) and Tom Walsh (trumpet).

‘My songs are made to be performed live,’ notes Knopfler. ‘I love the whole process of writing them alone and then recording them with the band, but ultimately the best part is playing them to an audience live. I enjoy the whole circus, travelling from town to town and interacting with this group of players is a total pleasure. I’m really looking forward to it.’

Knopfler has previously released eight solo albums, as well as Neck And Neck with guitar great Chet Atkins and All The Roadrunning with Emmylou Harris. He has also created film soundtracks for Local Hero, The Princess Bride and Cal. In addition to producing his own records, Knopfler has also produced albums for Bob Dylan and Randy Newman, amongst others. Knopfler was made an Order of the British Empire in 1999 and was given the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ivor Novellos in 2012.

Down The Road Wherever will be available via digital download, CD, double vinyl, deluxe CD with three bonus tracks and a lavish box set that will include the album on both vinyl and deluxe CD and an additional 12” vinyl EP with 4 bonus tracks, a 12” print of the artwork and a 12” guitar tablature of ‘Back On The Dance Floor.’

DOWN THE ROAD WHEREVER
1. Trapper Man
2. Back On The Dance Floor
3. Nobody’s Child
4. Just A Boy Away From Home
5. When You Leave
6. Good On You Son
7. My Bacon Roll
8. Nobody Does That
9. Drovers’ Road*
10. One Song At A Time
11. Floating Away
12. Slow Learner
13. Heavy Up
14. Rear View Mirror*
15. Every Heart In The Room*
16. Matchstick Man
*Deluxe Edition CD bonus tracks

MARK KNOPFLER LIVE
August 16
Mashantucket, CT
Foxwoods Resort Casino
August 17
Philadelphia, PA
Metropolitan Opera House
August 18
Vienna, VA
Filene Center at Wolf Trap*
August 20
New York, NY
Beacon Theatre
August 21
New York, NY
Beacon Theatre
August 23
Boston, MA
Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
August 24
Montreal, QC
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
August 25
Toronto, ON
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
August 27
Indianapolis, IN
Old National Centre
August 28
Kansas City, MO
Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
August 30
Minneapolis, MN
Orpheum Theatre
August 31
Milwaukee, WI
The Riverside Theater
September 1
Chicago, IL
The Chicago Theatre
September 3
Nashville, TN
Ryman Auditorium
September 4
Atlanta, GA
State Bank Amp. at Chastain Park
September 6
Sugar Land, TX
Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
September 7
Austin, TX
ACL Live at The Moody Theater
September 8
Grand Prairie, TX
The Theatre at Grand Prairie
September 10
Denver, CO
Venue TBD*
September 13
Portland, OR
Keller Auditorium
September 14
Woodinville, WA
Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery*
September 15
Woodinville, WA
Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery*
September 16
Vancouver, BC
Orpheum
September 18
Berkeley, CA
The Greek Theatre
September 20
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara Bowl
September 21
Phoenix, AZ
Comerica Theatre
September 22
Los Angeles, CA
Greek Theatre

* on sale date tbd

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