The Notting Hillbillies Missing...Presumed Having A Good Time on 180g LP
Lone 1990 Album from Mark Knopfler Side Project with Steve Phillips, Brendan Croker & Guy Fletcher
Following the incredible success of the Dire Straits’ Brothers In Arms album and tour, Mark Knopfler was looking for a change of pace, forming the country outfit The Notting Hillbillies with old friends Steve Phillips, Brendan Croker and Guy Fletcher. Rounding out the line-up were Ed Bicknell on drums, Marcus Cliffe on bass and Paul Franklin on steel guitar. The Notting Hillbillies decided on that moniker, since they recorded their songs at a studio in the London neighbourhood of Notting Hill.
Their first gig happened in May, 1986 at a small club in Leeds. Borrowing from the songbooks of such artists as The Louvin Brothers, The Delmore Brothers and Charlie Rich, as well as their own compositions, the Hillbillies set out on a UK tour, although their lone album Missing...Presumed Having A Good Time wasn’t released until 1990. Despite the fact that the players had returned to their respective own projects by the time the album was released, Missing... was still a big success. In March 1990, it made it to the #2 position on the UK album charts, while stateside, it charted at #52 on The Billboard 200. The single "Your Own Sweet Way," which was composed by Knopfler, peaked at #20 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart.
In the years since the release of Missing...Presumed Having A Good Time, the Notting Hillbillies have reunited to perform at a variety of charity concerts in the UK. They have also had short residencies at Ronnie Scott’s in Birmingham and London in 1998 and again in London in 1999. Among a host of important TV appearances in Europe and the US, two of the most notable came in May 1990. In that month Channel 4′s Rock Steady program in the UK aired the Hillbillies gig at The Maltings at Snape, and the band were musical guests on Saturday Night Live, where they performed "Railroad Worksong" and "I Think I Love You Too Much." They also provided the track "Blues Stay Away from Me" to the 1998 Paul Newman/Susan Sarandon film soundtrack, Twilight. "Your Own Sweet Way" also appeared on the 1994 compilation album Harvest.
The Notting Hillbillies Missing...Presumed Having A Good Time Track Listing:
1. Railroad Worksong
3. Your Own Sweet Way
4. Run Me Down
5. One Way Gal
6. Blues Stay Away From Me
7. Will You Miss Me
8. Please Baby
9. Weapon Of Prayer
10. That's Where I Belong
11. Feel Like Going Home