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The Notting Hillbillies

After the mega-platinum success of Dire Straits' 1984 Brothers in Arms LP, the group's frontman, guitarist extraordinaire Mark Knopfler, opted to temporarily shift gears by forming the Notting Hillbillies, a one-off country side project. Among the band's first recruits was Steve Phillips, a fellow guitar player whom Knopfler had first met in Yorkshire in 1968 when both men interviewed a local country and blues musician (also named, curiously enough, Steve Phillips). Soon, the two aspiring journalists formed the two-man Duolian String Pickers and continued performing together until Knopfler entered college in 1970; after graduating three years later, he moved to London to start Dire Straits.

Phillips, in the meantime, formed a rockabilly outfit, the Steve Phillips Juke Band. In 1976, he met Brendan Croker, a onetime member of the Juke Band, and the pair began performing as Nev and Norris. By 1980, Phillips had left the music scene to focus on an art career, leaving Croker to form Five O'Clock Shadow. In 1986, Knopfler came calling, and in May of that year the Notting Hillbillies played their first gig at a tiny Leeds club with a lineup featuring Knopfler, Phillips, and Croker as well as drummer Ed Bicknell (moonlighting from his day job as Dire Straits' manager), guitarist Guy Fletcher, pedal steel guitarist Paul Franklin, and Croker's fellow Five O'Clock Shadow Marcus Cliffe on bass. A tour followed, although the group's lone album, Missing...Presumed Having a Good Time, didn't appear until 1990, at which point the members of the Notting Hillbillies had already returned to their main projects. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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To date my favorite go to when I need to mellow out. So sad there is no more to other than something similar. No wait there is nothing similar....

Jess Boe.
teebor56
If ever on a deserted island, this is THE ALBUM I'd take...subli m e every time...
One of my all time favorites! I feel better just having heard this cut.
I really appreciate that my oldest son put a name behind Dire Straights and introduced me in touch the marvelous depth and variety of Mark Knopfler!
char6415
Every song on here has kept going through my head at one time or another. I love it. I think it's perfection - for my taste. I love it. It's an all-time favorite.
Bought the CD soon after it was released - wore it out - bought another - one of my favorites of all time - and I am OLD !
Love Mark K. Whish these guys put out more with the side project. Does anyone else think that singer sounds like Levon Helm?
tjacobs9193
sweet butta... smoother than polished silk.
Saw him in Rotterdam this summer. Knopfler was amazing as always. I like Dylan but I would have been happier if I could have heard another hour of Knopfler. His sound is always perfect.
I put it in my top 10 favorite CDs of all time.
bought it th day it was released
M K a tallent for the ages >> >> anyone want to argue ? ? ? ?
terri461
Mama Mia, I love this guy!!! I didn't even know about Notting Hillbillies, but I am buying it immediately! !
Mark's going on tour in Europe with Bob Dylan! I'm gonna work on my husband for this one!!
Wish these guys had stayed together for another album. I loved this back when they cut it, and still do. It's good to hear it again.
Marky Mark is transcendant . . . not sure i can think of another word.
Phenomenal
Knopfler is G-D!!
BOYS..~!!! EVER SEEN THIS ARTIST AND HIS CREW???? SO SO REAL AND SOSO EXCELLENT... G O D D R I V E N . . . M U S I C IS SO SPIRITUAL..A L O H A TOMMYT.
jsw123
Very cool. Did not know this about Mark Knopfler.
SOMETIME'S less is More
It is remarkable how many artists MK has accompanied. So slick, and yet so subtle. No wonder he and Chet were buddies. Birds of a feather.
surprised Pandora didn't class the Traveling Willberries (sp?) as similar
jdools
never heard of this-thanks pandora
churchchurch
Seriously the best living guitarist. Rip Chet.
MK...so very very excellent..g u y & the boys...rippi n g . . . T e m e c u l a California.. . A p r i l ' 2 0 1 0 . . P e c h a n g a . . e x c e l l e n t . . . V E N U E . . a l o h a tommytee.
I had one of Brendan Croker's albums from the Five O'Clock Shadow days -- great pub rock and the only album by the group I've ever found.
foggylady99
Great album, infectious melodies, I often play it back to back.One of my favorites.
I usually listen to music on headphones, but this can be cranked up high for some serious housecleanin g days.
I bought this album on cassette years ago, in a bargain bin for two dollars, based only on my love of Dire Stratis and a video on VH1. It quickly became, and still is, one of my favorite albums of all time - and one of the finest produced albums I own. 'Great for headphones on a rainy day!

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