Mark Knopfler is a legend.
For nearly 40 years Knopfler has wooed fans with his guitar playing, singing, composing, and producing. He’s best known as the frontman for Dire Straits but has also launched a very successful solo career.
Knopfler is one of the greatest guitarists of all-time.
The British musician is famous for his ability to “finger-pick” the guitar. He developed his signature style during a jam session where the only guitar available for him to play was badly damaged. It was so difficult to play that all Knopfler could do was finger-pick the strings.
Knopfler looks back on that night not as a disaster but the moment he discovered his guitar “voice.”
Knopfler formed the Dire Straits in the late 1970s. The band released their first album in 1978. They hit their zenith in 1985 with the album Brothers in Arms, the first compact disc to sell a million units. Overall, the album sold more than 30 million units.
The blockbuster produced the hit singles: “Money for Nothing,” “So Far Away,” and “Walk of Life.” Knopfler wrote all of the aforementioned songs.
“Money for Nothing” was the first music video played on MTV in Great Britain.
Dire Straits disbanded in 1995. It’s unlikely that they’ll ever get back together.
Knopfler released his first solo album, Golden Heart, in 1996. By 2015, he had nine solo albums to his name.
One of the highlights of his post Dire Straits days was the 2006 album, All the Roadrunning. He made it with Emmylou Harris. The album was both a commercial and critical success.
Knopfler is known as a rock and roller, but he has dabbled in several other genres including country music. In the late 1980s, Knopfler formed a country band called Notting Hillbillies. He has also collaborated with such Nashville luminaries as Chet Atkins, John Anderson, George Jones, and Kris Kristofferson.
If you have Mark Knopfler tickets expect to hear great music… and not much else. Knopfler is known for his relaxed performances that come with little accoutrements. He’s so laidback that he sips tea while on stage. Nonetheless, a Mark Knopfler concert will not disappoint.
Knopfler has scored several major motion pictures including The Princess Bride, Local Hero, Last Exit to Brooklyn, and Wag the Dog.
Before becoming a guitar god, Kopfler was a lecturer at a college. He has an English degree from the University of Leeds and spent a couple of years as a reporter for a local newspaper.
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