Who are the Straits? Well, no they’re not country kingpin George Strait’s family band. They’re actually two former members of Dire Straits – keyboardist Alan Clark and saxophonist Chris White – who got together to form a band to keep alive the classic Dire Straits songbag, including “Sultans of Swing,” “Walk of Life,” “Tunnel of Love,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Money for Nothing” and so many others.
The band also features bassist Mickey Feat, keyboardist Jamie Squire and guitarist Adam Phillips, as well as frontman Terence Reis, whose got some big shoes to fill. “Dire Straits without Mark Knopfler?,” Clark asked himself. “He’s such a huge part of Dire Straits and such a huge talent, I always thought that was impossible… until I found this guy.”
But perhaps the main reason to check out the Straits is that they hijacked master drummer Steve Ferrone, who is on loan from Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers.
Tickets for the Straits concert in Albany go on sale to the general public at 10am on Saturday (February 8), priced at $27.50 & $36.50.