By: Icelander
Category: Miscellaneous

July 19, 2017

Guy, you picked 7 possible winners for the British Open and I only picked 3 so I'll add to my list if that's okay. How about Sergio, Hideki Matsuyama or Adam Scott. I agree with you that long ball hitters like Dustin and Bubba won't fare well on a Links course. Lie your choices of Fleetwood and "Beef" Johnston ( I think I would pay to have his beard shaved just to see what he really looks like!) You also never rule Justin Rose out. As for Stenson he doesn't seem to be playing that well so far this year. Will be glued to the telly early morning on Saturday and Sunday this week-end – always one of my favorite tournaments to watch as we don't have a lot of Links courses on this side of the pond.

By: Vito
Category: Competition

July 18, 2017

Buenos días Guy, soy Vito, vivo en Buenos Aires Argentina, y este es el medio más directo que encontré para contactarme contigo y con MK. Tuve la suerte de verlos las 2 noches que estuvieron en 2001 en el Luna Park y tambien el año anterior en la gira promocional en La Trastienda, y sin dudas han sido los conciertos que más disfruté en toda mi vida. Somos muchos los que esperamos ansiosamente que puedan visitarnos proximamente, por supuesto que entiendo las dificultades que puedan tener en trasladarse hasta este lugar tan lejano para ustedes, pero también es cierto que acá los espera un publico fervoroso, fiel y cordial, (además de los buenos vinos que se que les gusta disfrutar, jeje)… Pasa el tiempo pero las ganas de disfrutarlos no se acaban. Espero sinceramente que consideren la posibilidad de visitarnos, les pedimos un último esfuerzo, y aunque así no sea les estaré eternamente agradecido por toda la música y momentos que me han hecho vivir y disfrutar. Muchas gracias!!

De nada. Realmente disfrutamos de visitar Sudamérica y espero que algún día podamos volver.

By: Jackal
Category: General discussion

July 17, 2017

When Mark has been asked about the music and songs he chooses to play, he’s often said he can only do “what pleases himself”, which, on the face of it, sounds egotistic. The I read on The Gear Page the following quote from an interview with jazz guitarist Pat Metheny — I’m pretty sure this is what Mark means too: “Honestly, I don’t worry too much about people’s perception, because it is something that I have no control over, and truth be told, very little interest in. I reallyjust try to play the music that I love and that I feel strongly about. If I were to start worrying now about what I thought someone else likes, first of all I would be guessing, because I simply don’t know. Also, whatever success I have had has been really built on just following my own musical instincts and by reacting to the things that I found to be true in music itself. Somehow, I have been allowed to continue and get gigs and play a lot by doing just that. it is something i feel very fortunate about too, and something that I consider a privilege. With that privilege comes a responsibility that I take very personally. I feel that the ultimate honoring of that privilege is the creation of good music – that is the place where everything resonates or not for me – and it is sort of at that altar of sound that I worship, you could say.”

Of course. As unlikely as it sounds, we never forget how fortunate we are to sTILL be doing what we love doing. So many are less fortunate.

By: MTB
Category: Miscellaneous

July 17, 2017

Well, per MK's website: "Mark’s as yet untitled new album is currently scheduled for completion in March 2018" Just had to take the summer off, huh? 🙂

By: umbertofandango
Category: Tour

July 17, 2017

Hi Doc – do you know (or cant you say) if Richard Bennett will contribute to the recording sessions for the new MK album and will he be in the touring band? He’s busy with Neil Diamond of course….

I can't say at the moment but I promise there WILL be a studio diary when we resume in September. We are currently on hold for the Summer.

By: Icelander
Category: Miscellaneous

July 17, 2017

Guy – its that time of year to predict our choices for winner of the upcoming British Open. I’m going to go with John Rahm and Jordan Speith (both have been playing well lately) and if a Brit should win it let it be Lee Westwood. What are your predictions? If I remember right, your predictions were better tha mine last year. Cheers – I’m sure you will be in front of your telly!

John Rahm is a very good call. I can't see Spieth or Westwood doing it. Rory is out of form and I don't think Dustin has serious links credentials. My rank outsider to win is Tommy Fleetwood. Paul Casey, Henrik Stenson and Ricky Fowler could fare well. I'd like Justin Rose, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Andrew 'Beef' Johnston to do well also. Well there's my favourite SEVEN!

By: Rodrigo
Category: General discussion

July 15, 2017

Buen día Guy, nuevamente te pido consideren incluir a Latinoamérica en el nuevo y esperado Tour. Entiendo que depende de muchos factores de logística, viajes largos, etc.
En otras oportunidades te pregunté lo mismo en varios años y has dicho que no es decisión tuya, pero insisto en que puedas convencer a Mark y a los gerentes encargados de organizar el Tour de retornar a este lado del mundo. Además, cada vez es más difícil disponer de nuevo material original de Mark, inclusive tus propios trabajos. El álbum Tracker, Altamira no se ha editado aquí, por tal motivo se debe comprar importados en Europa o EEUU y sale muy caro enviarlos.
Guy agradezco tu atención y por otorgar felicidad en momentos de nuestras vidas con tu música y la de MarK
Fraternal saludo desde Argentina

Muchas gracias, como siempre, haré todo lo posible.

By: sv
Category: General discussion

July 12, 2017

Hello Guy: hope you are somehow (stoically) weathering all the questions about the schedule and new products! I want to thank Naif for the post a couple of weeks ago about Two Skinny Kids. It got me to hear MK’s lovely mumbles (said only with love!) on the 1998 Master Sessions in Nashville where he played that song. I’ve also been listening to Missing…with renewed pleasure. All of you looked so relaxed, and like you were having so much fun during that tour. There seems to have been a unique chemistry between you all resulting in fantastic music rooted in the best American traditions. And the music videos are really sleek and sexy! Is it possible that jazz piano is your true love? And, are the arrangements for Bewildered still your favorite? Thanks.

I was and always have been a jazz 'dabbler'. Never serious about total immersion but I love listening to all forms of jazz.

By: Terri Shawn
Category: Competition

July 12, 2017

Hello Guy. Some thoughts and questions. 1) I have been listening to Kill to Get Crimson a LOT lately. So beautiful. Some of my favorite parts are YOU coming in the background with lovely vocals. I bet I am not alone in fans that would love, after 34 years, to hear a real DUET with you and Mark. So what do you think? 2) I am a real Sonny Landreth fan. I see he is going to London in September. Is it too much to hope for a little Sonny Landreth in this project, or maybe an appearance by MK at his concert?? 3) I just bought and have thoroughly listened to Natural Selection. I love it. No music critic here, but I wish I had the words to say what my ears feel. Thanks for all you do, can’t wait until all this becomes clear.

Many thanks, I appreciate it. As for a duet, I don't really hear my voice alongside Mark's as a lead vocal.

By: sofiane
Category: Guy Fletcher

July 12, 2017

Hello Doc,
I hope that Mark got “a chance to play loud got a chance to blow off some steam” with his Les Paul during this long journey.
Thank you again for the time you spend answering us

As a matter of fact he has.

By: Elin
Category: General discussion

July 9, 2017

I'm with MartinChittock, you should write a novel. You are a master in this "game", saying something without actually saying anything…Which is way better than nothing, now when you can't tell us what is going on. The mystery project is still a mystery. Hopefully you have some time off to enjoy the summer, between all the different things going on at BG

By: Terri Shawn
Category: General discussion

July 8, 2017

Hi Guy and all! This is in reply to Robin. My daughter and I saw Despicable Me 3 the other night, (I am 62, she is 29, just kids really) and we both turned to look at each other in delight when Gru defeated the villain with a blast of Money for Nothing. It was pretty cool. You can check the clip on You Tube if you haven’t seen the movie. It’s great! The clip also has a very cute 80’s music dance fight. LOL.

» https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohh4aRClzj4

very cool

By: belljon1
Category: General discussion

July 8, 2017

Do you think that when mk writes his last album, he will take his time in order to leave fans with something special? Kind of slow the timetable down a bit?

We're going as slow as we can

By: Mac
Category: Miscellaneous

July 8, 2017

Hello Guy, I wonder if you had any chance to listen to Roger Waters’ new album. Musically is like a mixture of Waters’ themes and tunes but lyrically is really important in today’s world. What are your thoughts about it?

I'm afraid I haven't...as yet

By: Julio
Category: General discussion

July 7, 2017

Dear Doc. I was thinking that you mentioned that there would be lots of things hapenning in the near future. A new MK album, the Hansen documentary with a live part included, a possible live release were announced. We know there is also the secret project and we expect also a new tour. Besides all that, is still anything else to surprise us?

um, possibly one or two things.

By: Robin
Category: General discussion

July 6, 2017

Hi Guy ! Just saw Despicable Me 3 tonight and I was very surprised by the end scene of the movie : the hero blasts away the villain with a powerful soundwave from his keytar, thanks to the Money for Nothing riff. That was… well… unexpected.

wow

By: Noclaimtofame
Category: Guy Fletcher

July 6, 2017

Fine wine does take time, but a good young wine can also be a delightful thing!

indeed but it can lack depth

By: belljon1
Category: General discussion

July 5, 2017

Dr F, keen for your thoughts here. Do you share fans’ frustrations about timetable?

Well no, I don't since I know the timetable. Unfortunately I am unable to share it with anyone due to circumstances beyond my control.

By: Noclaimtofame
Category: General discussion

July 5, 2017

Hello Guy. From the time you first went into the studio to the reported release date of the next MK album, I have calculated that out to be around 18 months. That seems to be a long time even for a self professed slow-coach…Mark actually said something like, ” I never seem to do anything quickly”. I know you are multi tasking in British Grove, But I imagine a doco and/or live album of the Tracker tour would already have most of the content already recorded and good to go….. Basically…..What’s taking so long? Rewind that bit! Really I would like like an incite into what you are all doing and how you go about compiling an album/doco.

fine wine takes time

By: sv
Category: General discussion

July 4, 2017

Hello Guy: hope you are planning a BBQ today with your family! I’ve been thinking about some of MK’s songs that are quite political in their content, but have never really heard him speak of them as so. Songs like BIA or even Time Will End All Sorrow have a clear anti-war theme, and those like TR or Why Aye Man deal so well with post-industrial bleakness. In fact, the morning after our election in November, I walked into my university classroom of stunned and devastated students, threw away my lesson plan for the day, and proceeded to talk about our profound economic decline, Brexit and the U.S. elections. I actually played TR, and discussed the words; I’m not sure I managed to provide many answers about the loss to my students, but I definitely hope I got another generation hooked to the music! Pretty amazing how prescient MK was 35 years ago! I’m curious whether you all have discussed the more political songs for what they are, and whether you treat them any differently, or anticipate how they will be received. I know you are all super musicians and your art rises above everyday matters, but still hoping that these are messages that you all care about deeply. Thanks.

Occasionally we will discuss a certain song but generally, no. Once the songs are out there, they are free for all to interpret however they may do so. Yes, these are everyday matters but being musicians doesn't mean we rise above them, we are affected by them as much as anyone else.