The Ragpicker's Dream

The Ragpicker's Dream

by Mark KnopflerMark Knopfler
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Throughout his quarter century in the spotlight -- both as a solo artist and with Dire Straits -- Mark Knopfler has consistently tried to, as he puts it, "find the musical connection between the Delta and the Tyne." That blend of exploratory blues playing and British traditionalism imbues The Ragpicker's Dream, his third proper solo album, with a heady, but never overly heavy, atmosphere. Knopfler's dry humor is in full effect on songs such as "Devil Baby," which casts a jaundiced eye on the world according to Jerry Springer, and "Coyote," a little ditty that the guitarist says was inspired by watching Road Runner cartoons with his kids. While Knopfler doesn't spend much time weaving the electric guitar mesh that's snagged many a fan over the years, he does coax considerable color from his acoustic on bucolic tunes such as "Fare Thee Well Northumberland," on which he gets able support from multi-instrumentalist Richard Bennett's bouzouki. Knopfler's other bandmates make their presence known as well: Glenn Duncan daubs "Daddy's Gone to Knoxville" with high-lonesome fiddle, and Paul Franklin contributes doleful pedal steel to "Hill Farmer Blues," the song that's the most overtly redolent of the hill country that Knopfler has long used for inspiration. But in the end, The Ragpicker's Dream is clearly Mark Knopfler's reverie -- realized in vivid tones that should warm the heart of anyone looking for a bit of aural uplift.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/01/2002
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624831822
catalogNumber: 48318
Rank: 8072

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Knopfler   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Nail   Background Vocals
Glen Duncan   Violin
Richard Bennett   Guitar
Jim Cox   Piano,Hammond Organ
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Guy Fletcher   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass
Tim Healy   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mark Knopfler   Producer
Stephen Walker   Art Direction
Chuck Ainlay   Producer,Engineer
Elliot Erwitt   Cover Photo
Neil Kellerhouse   Art Direction
Jake Jackson   Engineer
John Saylor   Engineer
Jon Bailey   Engineer

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