Calling all Dire Straits fans: Mark Knopfler has announced a new solo album, Down the Road Wherever, which will arrive November 16.
This marks his ninth solo album, following 2015’s Tracker. “‘Down the Road Wherever’ is a line from ‘One Song at a Time,’” says Knopfler, explaining how the record title was adapted from a verse of a track within it.
“I remember my pal Chet Atkins once saying that he picked his way out of poverty ‘one song at a time,’ and it just stuck in my mind. You get to an age where you’ve written quite a few songs. But Down the Road Wherever seems to be appropriate for me, just because it’s what I’ve always done. I’ve always tried to make a record and also to keep my own geography happening in the songs.”
Fans can look forward to a compilation of stories on the record, 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,” according to a press release.
To give us a teaser of what we can expect, Knopfler has released “Good on You Son,” and we have to admit, it’s left us wanting more. Let’s just say the oldheads are going to love it.
Check it out here: