Friday, August 15, 2008

Friday Night Flashbacks

Tonight's FNF is a tribute to my favorite musician, Mark Knopfler, who turned 59 this week.

Known as the lead guitarist and singer for Dire Straits, Knopfler's genius extends well beyond the classic stadium rock that made Dire Straits one of the world's most popular bands. He's a master of the blues, country, bluegrass fusion and a number of successful movie scores. Partnerships with Chet Atkins, Emmylou Harris and many others have showcased his range and brilliance.

My shrine, as Dori calls this, starts with the acoustically pristine "Romeo and Juliet" performed live in London in 1983. The plucking after minute five is some of the best guitar I've ever heard.

Songs like "Calling Elvis" from the On Every Street album (1991) is vintage stadium rock that freaked out the Europeans who jammed venue after venue.

Here's a snippet of that live jamming (France 1992). Hide your children ... Paul Franklin is about to play the steel guitar.

And if you find something smoother than The Notting Hillbillies, call me.

No comments: