By the turn of the 1990s, the years of relentless touring as the kings of stadium rock had taken their toll on and, especially, frontman . Today we look at his remarkable side project with a bunch of mates that, by Knopfler's own description, made him fall in love with music again. We're reDiscovering the Notting Hillbillies'
The Notting Hillbillies was a country rock project formed by Steve Phillips and Brendan Croker with Mark Knopfler, who was then lead guitarist and singer of Dire Straits, and Knopfler's bandmate Guy Fletcher. They made just one album, Missing...Presumed Having a Good Time, released on Vertigo in the UK (Warner Bros. in the US) in 1990, before returning to concentrate on their primary musical outlets. The Notting Hillbillies have reunited several times for charity gigs. In May 1997 the Hillbillies went on an 11 show tour in the UK.
Mark Knopfler: guitar, vocals
Guy Fletcher: keyboards, vocals
Steve Phillips: guitar, vocals
Brendan Croker: guitar, vocals
Ed Bicknell: drums
Marcus Cliffe: bass
Chris White: Saxophone
Paul Franklin: pedal steel (studio album and 1990 tour only)
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The Notting Hillbillies performing live on SNL May 19, 1990.
During May of 1997 The Notting Hillbillies performed eleven brilliant concerts in the UK, (over consecutive days) starting at the Assembly Rooms Derby on Tuesday, 13 May 1997 and concluding at Shepherd’s Bush Empire London, on Friday, 23 May 1997. This DVD, produced by RE from Spanish City, is from the concert played at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow in Scotland, UK. The most complete DVD of the Hillbillies short 1997 tour. Very nice concert with plenty of banter from the band members & a very appreciative audience.