Conversation: Mark Knopfler

BY Arts Desk  September 18, 2009 at 11:00 AM EST

“Before gas and TV, before people had cars, we’d sit round the fires, pass around a guitar, remembering songs,” sings Mark Knopfler on his new album, “Get Lucky” — conjuring a distinctly different era from his 1985 Dire Straits hit ‘Money For Nothing’, with its famous chorus, I want my MTV. On his new solo album “Get Lucky,” the Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter and guitar great takes an almost nostalgic look at the people and places he encountered growing up in Britain, painting their portraits through a blend of rock, blues, and folk. “Get Lucky” was released earlier this week, which was when he spoke to us from his home in London.

Below is Mark Knopfler’s video for “Cleaning My Gun,” from the album “Get Lucky”: