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The Tracker
Leslie Camp
Sunny Florida

17th December 2014

The December issue of Garden and Gun magazine has a nice profile of tracker who is a retired park ranger in the Smokey Mountain National Park in East Tennessee. He used his tracking skills over the years to find lost hikers, many of them children, who were lost in the wilderness, and often in dire need of rescue before succumbing to injury or the elements. Don't know if the story relates in any way to MK's album "Tracker" or not, but it is a nice read anyway... http://gardenandgun.com/articl[...] possibly
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Joeri Van de Wiele
Belgium

17th December 2014

Doc, regarding your answer "We'll sign your pet elephant if it makes you happy." - What's the strangest thing anyone ever asked you to sign? See you in Antwerp next year. I signed a football once
Neck and Neck bass
Jess Witham
Seattle, WA

16th December 2014

Hey, Guy -- Noticed you're credited on bass with Edgar Meyer and Steve Wariner on Neck and Neck, though I can't find crediting for individual tracks. I really enjoy the bass-playing on this album, particularly on 'Poor Boy Blues.' Do you recall which tracks you played on? Thanks for doing what you do... No, I couldn't tell you, I'd have to have a listen. I played keyboard bass on most of the record. (Synclavier)
Privateering Recordings
Bruce Thomsen
Las Vegas

16th December 2014

I missed the Privateering tour (nothing like being committed to your own gig on an MK show night) and finally remembered today to purchase the download of the Las Vegas show. I have to say, what a nice surprise to hear some of the familiar tunes from previous tours done with wonderful new elements to them. Excellent show! cheers
Blues Club Gig
Christophe Durchateau
Caldicot

16th December 2014

Hey Doc, Hope you're all well. Finally after a few years I'm able to make it to your next Blues Club gig on Jan 15th! I'm stoked as all my previous plans to come and see you guys just wouldn't work out! What are the chances of the band signing my guitar if I bring it along, please? Don't worry it's not a cheapy that I intend to sell on eBay afterwards, it was actually built for me by my father so has huge sentimental and personal value, so it will NEVER be sold for any money. It would really mean a lot if it's possible but I will of course understand if it can't be done. Thank you, Guy, best wishes to you and yours. Happy holidays. Chris We'll sign your pet elephant if it makes you happy. See you there.
Kim Churchill...
Kurt Wege
Toronto

16th December 2014

I would be interested to know if you are familiar with Kim Churchill's music - an Aussie boy that has a lot of energy and emotion in his work. Really looking forward to the new album - you guys are the best! not really, no
Chris Rea
andrew clark
south yorks

16th December 2014

Hi Doc, I was wondering if you or Mark had ever worked with Chris Rea, I went along to Sheffield city hall last night to see him perform and I have to say it was a great experience, he played slide with such a feeling and so much skill, anyhow I wondered if either of you had worked with him over the years ps: cant wait for both the albums to come out,, roll on 2015 ! Yes, Chris is great.
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RENATO FSALES
rio de janeiro

13th December 2014

good night Guy, was watching Mark Knopfler and band performing live from Hurlingham Club for the Prince's Trust Charity in London, UK - Wednesday 9th September 2009 ... clearly perfect drummer Danny C. sultans of swing played the best way possible extremely clean light money for nothing can come back reborn mode great time was with Emmylou H. I believe that also would be with tom petty and band together with mark and band I believe that would be the mark of time hold hands with ease on guitar high heavy cutting firm sound leave it out for a good time this pile of flutes write to the courage with in tunnel of love in bbc the best album of all sailing to philadelphia and Shangri-la a creep however beautiful music it's time to mark be lazy and play like extremely large people kisses to all of you
single person concert
Maarten Van Pottelberghe
home

13th December 2014

hey doc, got this great idea, well, not really mine, but would love to see it organised for myself, preferrably next year in Antwerp. pls start working it doc. i would be very dissapointed in you personally if this does not happen. seriously though, i would not know how the eff to behave, what to say, or ...blackout... http://www.unblockyoutube.co.u[...]
A Question
GP
Ascot

11th December 2014

Morning Doc, I am sure you have been asked this one already, well at some point at least. I just could not be bothered to trek backwards. We all know you had a blast at Glastonbury, but do you know if Mark has any desire to play or headline. More to the point, are you aware whether he has ever been asked to peform? With a new album it would so great to see you all at the pyramid. I am sure you would also love to be up there. I also read that it was Rick Wright's wish to play there, and Pink Floyd were denied back in 2008. Such a big shame. Please tell Mark not to leave it too late while he is fit and healthy, and keep up the good work. http://www.theguardian.com/mus[...] I can't openly speak on behalf of Mark on that one.
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Marie Jo Lebreton
Paris

10th December 2014

Just want to say thanks for your answer Guy and wish you a Merry Christmas. All the best for you and your family for the end of 2014. Looking forward to see all of you perform with Mr Mark Knopfler next year in Paris!!! Kind regards.
Avonmore
frederic foresti
St Germain en Laye France

10th December 2014

Hello Guy, i have to admit that some weeks ago, i was pretty sure you would produce last Bryan Ferry's album... the best one since Boys & Girls i think, hope you enjoy it too. No, it wasn't Bryan's offering.
small world, is it not?
john
southern california

10th December 2014

Good day, good Doctor. As always, hope this finds you well. Not much on the golf front, but I did find myself in Vegas last weekend for the first time since the Privateering US mini-tour last year. As John Prine was also in town I made sure to catch his show at the Pearl Theater. While I've liked many of his songs over the years, I had never seen him live and I am so glad I did. He played for nearly two and half hours and had a fabulous singer with him who both opened his show and sang a number of duets with him later on. Her voice gave me chills on a number of occasions, and in looking up her bio after the show, I discovered Isis Dement has been around for a bit, that she wedded a Gary Brown in 2002 (Pieta's father), and that her most recent album was produced by Bo Ramsey and Richard Bennett. It made me think how small the world can be a times (or at least how "quality" recognizes itself in others and sticks together). Nonetheless, it made the trip worth it. Btw, I organized my CDs for the first time in a dozen or more years and Inamorata and Natural Selection find themselves lodged between Fleetwood Mac and Flogging Molly, with room for GF3 when it comes out. Four Men and a Dog had been on one end until I figured out my alphabetization properly. Hit 'em straight, but hit 'em! Cheers. Thanks John
Royal Albert Hall 2015?
Marie Jo Lebreton
Paris, France

10th December 2014

Hello Guy, I posted a question earlier but it didn't appear so I guess something went wrong!! I said that it must been hard for you to answer to our demands of info on the release date of Tracker which we all are impatients to listen to!!! Anyway what I would like very much to ask is whether there's going to be a Gig at the Royal Albert Hall next year which would be a dream place to see Mr Mark Knopfler perform for my very first time as I never had the opportunity to attend any of your shows before? But in case it's not in your plans, I do have a ticket for Le Zenith Paris in June!! Many thanks for your Forum. Best greetings from France. Not at all Marie, It may just have been a delayed reply. It is frustrating for me since I cannot give out any info re. the release dates OR tour dates.
2015 MK tour
Stelios Spyridonidis
Patas/Greece

10th December 2014

Hi Mr Fletcher.Can you please tell me if Greece will be in 2015 MK's tour.Thank you. Sorry but no, I cannot.
Tracker is landling
colin miller
Edinburgh

9th December 2014

I know you can neither confirm nor deny, but Guitarist UK magazine seems to think this will release in late Jan 2015 (tho that could change still). I guess it will land when its good and ready, but the earlier the better for most of us.... Correct
Tom Waits
Mark Radai
Hungary

9th December 2014

Hi Doc! Two years ago The Telegraph described a track of Privateering as a Tom Waitsian piano ballad. Which one would that be in your opinion? Radio City Serenade? A 10 second piano intro won't make a song Tom Waitsian I think. Anyway it was TW's 65th birthday yesterday (genius of '49 :)) Have you ever met him? Are you or Mark a fan? Also I would take the opportunity to express my sadness on skipping Budapest next year. :) None of them really but what do critics know? No, never met TW. Yes, fans of course.
Still 2015 dates coming?
Lucka Bainçonau
France

9th December 2014

Hello Guy! I'm sorry if the question was already asked, but I'd like to know if the dates announced in Spain two months ago were the last ones? There's "only" 3 dates in France and 3 in Spain, so I'd like to know if I have to buy tickets right now for the dates already announced or wait a bit more hoping for some new dates? Thank you, and see you in 2015! https://twitter.com/MarkKnopfl[...] Sorry but I can't really say.
new album of GF?
Erwin
Netherlands

9th December 2014

Guy i have 2 questions. 1 How is it going with your own album? 2. When can you tell us the name of the "welknown artist" you have been working with? Thanks! 1 slowly but surely 2 I can't just yet as I'm sworn to secrecy until release.
GS - 1
Jos
Tiny Studio in Macc

7th December 2014

Hi Doc, I have always preferred the warm Yamaha synth sounds over the 'hard' PCM sounds. When out gigging I used the Yamaha PSR keyboards which are not too expensive but have a very good selection of usable voices. I also used a cheap 25 note midi keyboard for strings together with a laptop. Both run through a Tapco mixer. The Hammond type voices on the Yam used with the DSP buttons produced good Leslie effects. (Please note I did not ever use 'Auto', Drums' or the auto accompaniment buttons.) At home I use a Technics concert Grand together with various 'soft synths'. Which I am getting to like as they do not take up any room in my very small studio. :-/ I also have a Strat, a Les Paul, a Taylor acoustic, (better value for money than the Martin of similar price and lovely sound), an Akai MPK61 for Ableton Suite. Anyway, my question is, PCM V.Yam, I would guess you would go for Yamaha yes? All the very best, Jos Depends on the era. I never really used much Yamaha stuff after the CS80 as in my mind, no-one ever made a more organic synth. Most of the synths of the 90's sounded fairly generic and I got stuck in Korg world (Trinity, M3, Kronos). Looking forward to the new Korg Arp Odyssey. There are lots of newer synths that interest but I do keep getting drawn back to the older stuff.
Songwriting
Ian Patton
Edmonton, Canada

5th December 2014

I love your photos of British Grove. My god, what a studio. But I can't help thinking that what is actually going on the the musicians mind might look more like this... :D https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...] yep, it's alive!
Food poisoning?
Ruben Espinar
Spain, Madrid

5th December 2014

Hi doc, I saw a article about the last Mark's session in ArtsEd, and he did comment on an incident with food poisoning in Spain. Can you explain us what happened there and where was that? Thank you so much. I don't think he's referring to a particular incident, it's just something that happens in ANY country.
Filming
Wolfgang
Northern Germany

5th December 2014

Great to hear about the (EPK?) filming at BG! Only pity is that it seems like another wasted chance to get some "real" live stuff - ever considered being filmed during the actual studio work with maybe some live performances, or being accompanied in the creative process instead of getting in the film crew when everything is done and mixed, only for interviews? Whatever, looking forward to it very much as to the album in general! All the best, W. Our creative process takes place generally behind closed doors so it's not often considered.
Voice and guitar recording
kjeld hansen
Copenhagen

5th December 2014

Dear Guy Is Mark often recording voice and guitar in the same take or rather separate? Thanks! Kjeld Not so often as I prefer to record them separately.
Keyboards?
Jos
Macc

5th December 2014

Hi Doc, any interesting keyboards on 'Tracker'? If so, can we have details please? (With pics and details of course). Many thanks for the Forum. All the best, Jos Nothing extraordinary but we do have a Yamaha GS-1 arriving soon. Something we've been on the lookout for, for a while.
Lovely close ups
kjeld hansen
Copenhagen

5th December 2014

Hi Guy What lens and settings are you using to get those lovely close ups in the dairy? Cheers, Kjeld Well thanks, it's a Canon 24-70mm f2.8 on a 6D body. Most of the shots are on auto but with manual focus.
Filming - Request
Francesco S
Cloudy Northern Italy

3rd December 2014

Hi Guy. I know that you said you have no idea about what the filming will be used for (TV broadcast, bonus stuff for Tracker Release, EPK, ...). Anyway, please consider that, if it is released with the Tracker album, it would be better if it would feature English subtitles. Interviews are not always easily understood by people speaking English as a 2nd (or 3rd) language. Subtitles could be very useful in appreciating the effort you put into it, and it would captivate a wider audience. I know it may sound as a request, but since it is not a setlist request... Thank you and ciao! I'll forward the request
Tracker
Marc Colson
Genk (Belgium)

3rd December 2014

Guy, you concluded your latest diary entry with the following words : "Although its release is still a few months away, when you give 'Tracker' its first spin, I hope you’ll enjoy listening to it as much as we’ve enjoyed making it. Hope to see you on the road sometime in the coming year!" I must tell you that I have enjoyed (and am still enjoying) all the records that MK and his brilliant musicians have released. It is difficult to select a favourite one. They are all so outstanding. And you can be assured that I'll be "seeing you" on the road next year. I have had confirmation of my seats in Antwerp (2nd row). Still a long way to go but you can not start to imagine how much I am looking forward to it. Your shows are always very emotional as my late father's favourite song was BiA and you have often played it during your shows and whether or not you play this particular song (so no setlist request) it still reminds me of my father how he used to talk to his friends about how he enjoyed your shows. 5 months before he passed away in 2008 he saw the Kill to Get Crimson Show in Brussels and that was on his bucket list and I was so happy he could see you guys (even when suffering a lot from lung cancer). Thanks ever so much. many thanks Marc
Tracker in hi-res
Steve McHugh
Hereford

3rd December 2014

Hi Guy, Very interested to read in the diary about the effort and care that have gone into the vinyl pressing of Tracker. Will the album be available in any digital hi-res formats? Keep up the good work with the forum :-) Steve, I'm not sure about that to be honest.
Congratulations
Marie
beautiful northeastern California

3rd December 2014

I read your most recent entry this morning, Guy. Your enthusiasm for the album and its finishing really come across! Thanks for the information about the vinyl. I put my turntable up years ago, but still have all the old Dire Straits vinyls as well as the last two MK releases. I'll have to set it up again, your opinion of its quality sounds so great. Thanks for taking us along with all your recording journeys. Yes, I believe it is well worth setting up the record player for this one.

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