Verve/Universal MusicMark Knopfler has revealed that his latest solo album, Tracker, will be released on March 17, and the ex-Dire Straits frontman will support the record with a major tour that will include a lengthy North American leg taking place in September and October.

The standard version of Tracker features 11 new tunes by Knopfler, including songs paying homage to two lauded late British literary figures, psychological fiction author Beryl Bainbridge and modernist poet Basil Bunting. The first single, “Beryl,” which was inspired by Bainbridge, can be heard in its entirety now on VEVO.com.

“The album title Tracker arrived out of me trying to find my way over the decades,” Knopfler explains in a statement. “Out of me tracking time — looking at people, places and things from my past, and out of the process of tracking as in recording tracks in the studio.”

Tracker is available as a single CD, a digital download and a double-LP vinyl set, as well as a deluxe edition boasting four bonus cuts and a box set with six extra tracks. The box set features CD and vinyl versions of the album, as well as a DVD containing a short film by director Henrik Hansen and an interview with Knopfler about Tracker. The package also features a numbered art print, six photo prints and liner notes penned by respected American author Richard Ford.

Knopfler’s North American tour runs from a September 10 concert in Vancouver, Canada, through an October 31 performance in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Fans buying tickets for the shows online will receive one physical copy of Tracker for each pair of tickets purchased. Tickets go on sale to the general public for most concerts starting this Friday, January 30, while pre-sale tickets will be available for fan-club members beginning Tuesday, January 27. First up for Mark is a European tour leg that gets under way on May 15 in Dublin, Ireland, and runs through a July 31 show in Barcelona, Spain. Visit MarkKnopfler.com for more details.

Here is the track list for Tracker:

“Laughs and Jokes and Drinks and Smokes”
“Basil”
“River Towns”
“Skydiver”
“Mighty Man”
“Broken Bones”
“Long Cool Girl”
“Lights of Taormina”
“Silver Eagle”
“Beryl”
“Wherever I Go”
*”.38 Special”
*”My Heart Has Never Changed”
*”Terminal of Tribute To”
*”Heart of Oak”
**”Time Will End All Sorrow”
**”Oklahoma Ponies”

* = deluxe & box set bonus track
** = box set bonus track.

And here is Knopfler’s North American tour itinerary:

9/10 — Vancouver, BC, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
9/11-12 — Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
9/13 — Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium
9/16 — Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
9/18 — Berkeley, CA, The Greek Theatre
9/19 — Los Angeles, CA, The Dolby Theatre
9/20 — Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
9/21 — San Diego, CA, Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay
9/23 — Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater
9/25 — Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
9/26 — Dallas, TX, The Majestic Theatre
9/28 — Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
9/29 — Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theatre
9/30 — Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
10/2 — Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
10/3 — Indianapolis, IN, Old National Centre – Murat Theatre
10/4 — Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Theater
10/6 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Massey Hall
10/7 — Montreal, QC, Canada, Place Des Arts – Wilfrid Pelletier Theatre
10/9 — Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
10/10 — Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theater
10/11 — Albany, NY, Palace Theater
10/13 — Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Hall
10/14 — Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort
10/16 — Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
10/17 — Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music
10/18 — Washington, DC, Warner Theatre
10/20 — New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
10/22 — Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center
10/24 — Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheater
10/25 — North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
10/27 — St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
10/28 — Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
10/30 — Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
10/31 — Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts

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