Knopfler, Mark / Down The Road Wherever
Album: Down The Road Wherever   Collection:General
Artist:Knopfler, Mark   Added:Jan 2019
Label:Blue Note Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2019-01-15 Pull Date: 2019-03-19
Week Ending: Mar 24 Mar 17 Mar 3 Feb 24 Feb 17 Feb 10 Feb 3 Jan 27
Airplays: 1 4 3 3 4 2 7 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 29, 2022: The Iron Skillet
Good On You Son
4. Jul 12, 2021: Hanging in the Bone Yard (rebroadcast from Feb 1, 2019)
Good On You Son
2. Sep 01, 2021: Hanging in the Bone Yard (rebroadcast from Mar 2, 2019)
Just A Boy Away From Home
5. Jul 04, 2021: KZSU Time Traveler (rebroadcast from Mar 1, 2019)
Good On You Son
3. Jul 14, 2021: Totally A (rebroadcast from Feb 1, 2019)
Good On You Son, Nobody Does That
6. Jun 30, 2021: Totally A (rebroadcast from Feb 1, 2019)
Good On You Son, Nobody Does That

Album Review
Trish McBee
Reviewed 2019-01-12
Trish McBee
Reviewed 2019-01-11

Mark Knopfler's ninth solo album, "On the Road Wherever" is a sturdy blues-roots blend of songs filled with images of memory and remembrance. This is a GREAT album infused with a fresh dose of jazz and funk with horns and stellar female backup vocals. The first half of the album has a bit more energy than the second half but overall, this is a solid showing from Mark Knopfler.

RIYL: Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, Dire Straits, Van Morrison, Robbie Robertson, Jackson Browne

Recommended Tracks: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10

1) ***Trapper Man (6:01) Starts with softly picked guitar and finally 30 seconds in, the drums kick out into moderate rock, funky groove. Female backing vocals with Knopfler’s trademarked snakelike guitar.
2) ***Back on the Dance Floor (5:30) Mid-tempo rocker, blues funk. Bryan Ferry-esq restrained party vibe.
3) **Nobody’s Child (4:10) Slow, haunting
4) ***Just a Boy Away From Home (5:12) Shared writing credits with Rogers and Hammerstein. Slow yet insistent rhythm (with refined horns again), not far from Little Feat territory. Slide guitar twang.
5) When You Leave (4:12) Sweet, smokey, sultry ballad. Nice trumpet and strings.
6) ***Good on You Son (5:37) Echoes his Dire Straits days complete with a good hook and a nifty sax/guitar call and response.
7)** My Bacon Roll (5:35) Vintage Dire Straits sound. Song about a man in a diner.
8) ***Nobody Does That (5:15) Upbeat with punchy horns Jazzy and catchy.
9) One Song at a Time (6:17) Celtic-lilted, documents his personal musical journey in life.
10)** Floating Away (5:02) jazzy and breezy, stellar vocals from female backup singers.
11) Slow Learner (4:34) Piano-based supper club jazz.
12) *Heavy Up (6:00) Fun, upbeat, calypso-styled tune.
13) *Matchstick Man (2:54) James Taylor-influenced sung in Knopfler's intimate voice. Slow and sweet guitar.

Trish McBee
Music Genealogy

Track Listing
1. Trapper Man   7. My Bacon Roll
2. Back On The Dance Floor   8. Nobody Does That
3. Nobody's Child   9. One Song At A Time
4. Just A Boy Away From Home   10. Floating Away
5. When You Leave   11. Slow Learner
6. Good On You Son   12. Heavy Up
  13. Matchstick Man