Mark Freuder Knopfler (OBE). Quite frankly, I’m surprised he’s evaded nomination to the MD HoF up to now, especially since we have a committed fanbase here. Anyway – it's clearly time to set the record straight, lol!
I think we all know his bio – beginning with Dire Straits, but he’s had an equally stellar solo career producing 8 studio albums, 9 soundtrack albums, and 4 collaborative albums, and is credited on no less than 115 others - no wonder then, that he appears omnipresent! The thing about MK is that his guitar has such a unique voice; he says he found that voice when he was forced to fingerpick a beat up old instrument with a warped neck that had to be strung with extra-light strings and that needed to be approached with care or potentially fall to pieces. Necessity being the mother of invention has never rung so fortuitously true!
Also – he has a degree in English which probably contributes towards his very articulate, intelligent lyrics – altogether no slouch, that’s for sure. He’s picky about how he presents and produces his work (and that of others) – justifiably so, and in addition, he’s constantly reinventing himself and tackling interesting new projects. His latest, Altamira, is a stunning soundtrack album, for anyone who cares to take a listen – just too short! And I could eulogise for another ten paragraphs but that would be a bore – suffice to say Mark Knopfler ranks as one of my alltime favourite musicians/guitarists, and that status is unlikely to change. I think he more than deserves this nomination and I'm hoping a few of you will agree!
His awards and honours comprise a list as long as my arm, so for the sake of brevity, here’s the Wiki - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Knopfler
Some of those (nothing if not diverse) credits! Such an unmistakeable sound ….
With John Fogerty, from Déjà vu All Over Again … he plays the second lead (right side) …
With Joan Armatrading on The Shouting Stage … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5HkFqHnXQ8
With John Anderson on Seminole Wind … this is gorgeous IMHO – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1sea7LWxpE
And on Bryan Ferry’s Boys and Girls … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-1bWvVDhKQ
It’s impossible to choose just a few tracks from so many that I love, so, for now, there’s this, which stays with me – from 2012’s Privateering …
Aaaand - go!!