Former Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler will release his ninth solo album, called, Down The Road Wherever, on November 9th, marking his first new collection in three years, according to Best Classic Bands. Knopfler, who back in April, passed on attending Dire Straits' induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has just dropped the album's first single, titled "Good On You Son."

In the press release for the album, Knopfler spoke about how he came to title the new collection, "'Down the road wherever' is a line from (album track) 'One Song At A Time.' I remember my pal Chet Atkins once saying that he picked his way out of poverty 'one song at a time,' and it just stuck in my mind. You get to an age where you’ve written quite a few songs. But, Down The Road Wherever seems to be appropriate for me just because it’s what I’ve always done. I’ve always tried to make a record and also to keep my own geography happening in the songs."

Knopfler went on to talk about the peaks and valleys involved in writing and recording a new album: "I think the business of making a record, from having written a song and then bringing it to musicians, it can be quite a bendy route. It’s not just motorways all the way. . . and you can end up in the occasional cul-de-sac, then you have to do a 16-point turn to try to get your truck back out on the main road as unobtrusively as you can. That’s part of the fun of it."

Down The Road Wherever will be available as a digital download, CD, double vinyl, and a deluxe CD with three bonus tracks. Also available is a deluxe box set that includes the album on both vinyl and deluxe CD and an additional 12-inch vinyl EP with four bonus tracks, a 12-inch print of the artwork and a 12-inch guitar tablature of "Back On The Dancefloor."

Mark Knopfler told us that with his new material, he never knows how well it'll hold up until he runs it through with other musicians: "What happens with a song is it sits in a notebook, and then when you start running it down with a band and stuff, it's when it starts to slide off your notebook and go out into the world. It's a great feeling, actually, when it's happening. In some ways, bits of it don't belong to you anymore, I suppose, or there's a sense in which it doesn't belong to you anymore."

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