Mark Knopfler established his reputation leading Dire Straits, including a signature guitar style that was wonderfully evocative, fueling both rock 'n' roll anthems and soundtracks like Local Hero, but also capable of igniting solos of rolling fire that ebbed and flowed with tidal majesty. His best tunes were cinematic tales of love and loss. Long into his solo career, Knopfler has given up the anthemic approach and become more a chronicler of vignettes. His latest collection of tales, Kill to Get Crimson, has a stronger folk influence than past solo efforts, possibly because it follows his superb, country-flecked collaboration with Emmylou Harris, All the Running.
Sat., July 12, 7:30 p.m., 2008