Emmylou & Mark är sant!
Här på Rootsy.nu har vi tidigare skrivit om obekräftade rykten om en duettplatta med Emmylou Harris och Mark Knopfler. Ryktet har nu bekräftats med följande pressmeddelande från Universal:
For the past seven years, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris have been quietly compiling a treasure trove of duets. The result, ALL THE ROADRUNNING, will be released on Mercury Records on April 24.
‘We put it together by stealing a few precious hours of studio time here and there,’ says Knopfler, who first met Emmylou on a Chet Atkins TV special.
‘Emmylou’s respect and affection for the players and the music struck me then and still does. In my writing I’d been dealing a fair bit with the male/female shape. With that amazing voice Emmylou, now more than ever, seems to capture a kind of universal female experience, something that speaks to all ages. After our first session and then making a couple of duets for a Hank Williams tribute I thought we should go on recording, and thankfully Emmy felt the same.’
In Emmylou’s words: ‘Making this album was pure joy - being surrounded by extraordinary musicians and guided by one of the great artists of our time. Truly it is a gift for which I will always be grateful.’
Knopfler says: ‘The song IF THIS IS GOODBYE was inspired by something the novelist Ian McEwan wrote days after 9/11 about those mobile phone calls from the towers - the calls to say ‘I love you’. It connects with the song THIS IS US which is just the living continuation of that affirmation of love over barbarism and hatred – a celebration of ordinary lives lived with love in them, falling in love, getting married, having kids and digging out the photo album.’
Co-producing with Chuck Ainlay, Knopfler shares his electric, acoustic and slide playing with guitarist Richard Bennett. The other musicians in the line-up are: Jim Cox and Guy Fletcher keyboards, Glen Duncan fiddle and mandolin, Dan Dugmore steel, Glen Worf bass and Chad Cromwell and Danny Cummins drums.
A multiple Grammy award winner, as the lead singer/songwriter of Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler combined his wry lyrics with his guitar prowess to create such major hits as ‘Money for Nothing’, ‘Sultans of Swing’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Walk of Life’. He has produced records for Bob Dylan and Randy Newman as well as scoring several films including ‘Local Hero’, ‘Princess Bride’ and ‘Wag the Dog’. He has released several critically acclaimed solo albums including 2004’s SHANGRI-LA.
Emmylou Harris is an eleven-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient who has made great contributions as a vocalist, songwriter and influential figure with her work. She has brought roots music to a new level of prominence and respect. She has recorded more than 20 albums and lent her talents to fellow artists on countless records. Her most recent album STUMBLE INTO GRACE was released by Nonesuch in 2003.
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