Down the Road Wherever

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Down the Road Wherever
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Studio album by
Released16 November 2018
RecordedSummer 2017, January-February 2018.
StudioBritish Grove
Length71:27
Label
Producer
Mark Knopfler chronology
Altamira
(2016)
Down the Road Wherever
(2018)

Down the Road Wherever is the ninth solo studio album by British singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Knopfler, released on 16 November 2018 by British Grove Records via Virgin EMI in the UK and via Blue Note in the US.[3]

Overview[edit]

The album was announced in a press release, which called it a collection of "unhurriedly elegant new Knopfler songs inspired by a wide range of subjects, including his early days in Deptford with Dire Straits, a stray football 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."[3] The 14 songs were also called "slow and elegant".[2]

Musicians who play on the album include Jim Cox and Guy Fletcher on keyboards, Nigel Hitchcock on saxophone, Glenn Worf on bass guitar, Danny Cummings on percussion and Ian 'Ianto' Thomas on drums.[1] Imelda May also provides backing vocals.[1]

A music video for the first single, "Good on You Son", was released in September.[2]

Release[edit]

Down the Road Wherever was made available in a variety of formats, including on CD, 2×LP and in a box set; the box set includes the preceding two formats as well as a 12-inch EP including four extra tracks.[1] The deluxe CD inserts two bonus tracks before the final standard edition track, "Matchstick Man".[4] Lyrics for the 20th song, "Back in the Day", were released online and printed in the 2019 tourbook but the song was never released as it was withdrawn.

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition CD
No.TitleLength
1."Trapper Man"6:00
2."Back on the Dance Floor"5:30
3."Nobody’s Child"4:16
4."Just a Boy Away from Home"5:12
5."When You Leave"4:12
6."Good on You Son"5:37
7."My Bacon Roll"5:35
8."Nobody Does That"5:15
9."Drovers' Road (not on Double LP)"5:05
10."One Song at a Time"6:17
11."Floating Away"5:02
12."Slow Learner"4:34
13."Heavy Up"6:00
14."Matchstick Man"2:52
Total length:71:27

Personnel[edit]

Musicians

Additional musicians

Production

  • Engineers: Guy Fletcher, Martin Hollis
  • Assistant engineers: Rowan McIntosh, Jason Elliot, Andy Cook, Poppy Kavanagh, Josh Tyrell

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Poland (ZPAV)[31] Gold 10,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  4. ^ a b "Down the Road Wherever (Deluxe) by Mark Knopfler on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
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  31. ^ "Polish album certifications – Mark Knopfler – Down the Road Wherever" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 13 June 2019.