Mark Knopfler on the Tyne

Mark Knopfler stays Ahead Of The Game with new single

Mark Knopfler will release his tenth solo studio album, One Deep River, on 12 April. Put out through his own British Grove label via EMI, the record features 12 new tracks.

Produced by Knopfler with his longstanding collaborator Guy Fletcher, One Deep River is his first album since 2018’s Down The Road Wherever, and was recorded at his British Grove Studios in London.

Listen to lead single, Ahead Of The Game, below:


Pop On The Tyne

As the frontman of Dire Straits, Knopfler came to prominence in the 80s with the mega-selling album Brothers In Arms and recorded memorable hits such as Sultans Of Swing, Romeo & Juliet, Private Investigations, Money For Nothing and Walk Of Life. Here he returns to his roots, and the album title track reflects Knopfler’s deep affection for the river that runs through his childhood home city Newcastle.

“Crossing the Tyne is always on your mind,” he says. “It’s what you were doing when you were leaving as a youngster and that feeling is always the same every time you do it. You’re heading out or youre coming back, and it just connects with your childhood. The power of it doesn’t go away.”

Released on CD, deluxe 2CD, double gatefold vinyl and cassette, there will also be a special limited edition box set which features bonus tracks, a litho print, a guitar pick set, and an enamel badge.

Standard album features:

1. Two Pairs Of Hands
2. Ahead Of The Game
3. Smart Money
4. Scavengers Yard
5. Black Tie Jobs
6. Tunnel 13
7. Janine
8. Watch Me Gone
9. Sweeter Than The Rain
10. Before My Train Comes
11. This One’s Not Going To End Well
12. One Deep River

Bonus vinyl includes:

1. Dolly Shop Man
2. Your Leading Man
3. Wrong ’un
4. Chess

Bonus CD tracklist:

1. The Living End
2. Fat Chance Dupree
3. Along A Foreign Coast
4. What I’m Gonna Need
5. Nothing But Rain

In other Knopfler news, the singer has teamed up with AC/DC’s Brian Johnson to make a six-part TV series for Sky Arts. The two friends take a fascinating look at the history of popular music alongside various special guests including Sam Fender and Emmylou Harris. Broadcast dates to be announced soon.

One Deep River is available to pre-order here

Read our Trevor Horn interview: Dire Straits Legacy