Song of the Day #184 – Mark Knopfler

There’s a conventional way to fingerpick a guitar, which you’ve probably learned about if you’ve ever taken lessons. You’re supposed to use your thumb to pluck the bass (top) strings and your fingers to pick the lower strings. Mark Knopfler‘s self-taught style defies those and many other conventions and it’s precisely that innovative approach, that refusal to conform to convention, that characterizes Knopfler’s unique sound. Best known for his days with Dire Straights, over the past 15 years Knopfler has quietly released nine remarkably original solo records. Today’s video features Mark performing Old Pigweed from his excellent 2002 release The Ragpicker’s Dream, live in Norway.

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