Mark Knopfler Plans EP & Summer Tour

To coincide with the kick-off of his upcoming North American tour, Mark Knopfler is planning to release a new EP. Due June 28 — four days after the tour’s opening in Portsmouth, Va. — “One Take Radio Sessions” finds the former Dire Straits frontman running through seven songs from his latest release, “Shangri-La” (Warner Bros.) and one vintage solo cut.

Recorded at Malibu, Calif.’s Shangri-La Studios, the same recording location for the studio album, the EP features “The Trawlerman’s Song,” “Back to Tupelo,” “Song for Sonny Liston,” “Boom, Like That,” “Everybody Pays,” “Donegan’s Gone,” and “Stand Up Guy,” all from the “Shangri-La.”

The vintage addition to the set is “Rudiger,” which dates to Knopfler’s 1996 solo debut, “Golden Heart.” Accompanying him for the recording were guitarist Richard Bennett, keyboardists Jim Cox and Matt Rollings, bassist Glenn Worf and drummer Chad Cromwell. Additionally, Doug Pettibone plays electric guitar on two tracks and mandolin on another.

Here are Knopfler’s North American tour dates:

June 24: Portsmouth, Va. (NTELOS Pavilion Harbor Center)

June 25: Philadelphia (Mann Center for the Performing Arts)

June 26: Vienna, Va. (Wolf Trap)

June 28: Newark, N.J. (New Jersey Performing Arts Center)

June 29: New York (Radio City Music Hall)

June 30: Florence, Mass. (Pines Theatre)

July 1:: Boston (Fleet Boston Pavilion)

July 2:: Montreal (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier/Place des Arts)

July 3:: Ottawa, Ontario (National Arts Centre)

July 5:: Toronto (Molson Amphitheatre)

July 7:: London, Ontario (John Labatt Centre)

July 8:: Rochester Hills, Mich. (MeadowBrook Amphitheater)

July 9:: Kettering, Ohio (Fraze Pavilion at Lincoln Park Center)

July 12: Atlanta (Chastain Park Amphitheater)

July 13: Nashville (Ryman Auditorium)

July 14: Indianapolis (Murat Theatre)

July 15: Chicago (Auditorium Theatre)

July 16: Milwaukee (Milwaukee Theater)

July 17: Minneapolis (Orpheum Theatre)

July 19: Morrison, Col. (Red Rocks Amphitheater)

July 20: Salt Lake City (Abravanel Hall)

July 21: Las Vegas (The Joint)

July 22: Los Angeles (Greek Theatre)

July 23: Berkeley, Calif. (Greek Theatre-Berkeley)

July 24: San Diego (Copley Symphony Hall)

July 27: Saratoga, Calif. (The Mountain Winery)

July 28: Jacksonville, Ore. (Britt Pavilion)

July 29: Portland, Ore. (Schnitzer Concert Hall)

July 30: Woodinville, Wash. (Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery)

July 31: Vancouver (Queen Elizabeth Theatre)


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