News Archives: 2015

Compiled by Terry Kilburn

Tracker Live Concerts Available Now in the Store!

Relive your favourite moments from the 2015 North American Tracker tour! Live recordings are available now on in 320kbps MP3 or FLAC formats.

Head to Tracker Live Concerts in the Store to view all available shows.



My North East

Back in October 2013 we told you that Mark had contributed to a new a new book, My North East. The book became something of a best-seller and has now been re-printed as a paperback and will be in the shops just in time for Christmas. As with the original hardback version, all profits from the new edition will be donated to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Sir Bobby inspired the original 200-page hardback book.


Says Mark, “I still fantasize about having a little cottage up in the Tyne Valley, maybe somewhere up on the tops near Allendale or Whitfield where the views are out of this world.”

Take a peek

Order your copy now


2015 Starcards Xmas Auction

Fancy getting your hands on a very cool autographed and framed Mark Knopfler display ? Well, here is your chance. Its time for another terrific Starcards Xmas auction. All proceeds from the Starcards auctions go to support the wonderful work undertaken by London’s Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.


Update: Sold for £410/$620. Auction ended Saturday December 5.


Exclusive British Grove T-Shirt

Now available from the store, British Grove T-Shirts. Exclusive to, the t-shirts feature two different designs of the British Grove Studios logo. Order yours now.



Tracker Tour merchandise

With the North America leg of the Tracker tour well under way, why not pre-order your Tracker tour T-shirts and other merchandise from the store.




Mark featured on new Randall Bramblett album

Mark is among the guest artists featured on Randall Bramblett’s new album, Devil Music, scheduled for release on the 18th of September. Mark plays on a track titled Dead In The Water.



New STP tracks

The online record store Target is selling an exclusive edition of James Taylor’s a new album, Before This World, with two songs recorded during the Sailing To Philadelphia sessions. Produced by Mark and Chuck Ainley, the tracks are Pretty Boy Floyd and Diamond Joe. Mark plays on Diamond Joe but does not sing on either of the two tracks.

Chuck recalls:

I remember him [ Mark] in the control room with me for much of the making of these two songs. It sounds as if we had intended for Mark to play on the outro but obviously we never got around to it.


Mark honoured by the people of Newcastle

A bronze plaque bearing Mark’s name has been added to the Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside Walk of Fame.

The Newcastle Quayside is an area along the banks of the River Tyne that was once an industrial area and busy dockside. It has been redeveloped to provide art, music and culture venues. Mark says “To be voted a Local Hero by the people of Tyneside is a wonderful honour which I will treasure.”


Follow the Tracker tour

Follow Mark and the band on the Tracker tour by paying regular visits to Guy Fletcher’s Tracker Tour Diary and Richard Bennett’s Notes From The Road.


Farewell to BB King

Farewell to BB King, the ‘King of the Blues’ who passed away yesterday, aged 89.

“BB King was an enormous influence on me and for countless others. I first heard him on the record ‘Live At The Regal’ at 15, and was struck by the sound and the emotion in his playing and singing and the effect of both on the audience. It was an honour to be a part of ‘BB King and Friends’, his 80th birthday recording of duets. BB will always be in my heart.”