The British country band The Notting Hillbillies was formed in the late 1980s by Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler and Steve Phillips. Knopfler and Phillips had known each other since the days of their college. Other band members were the keyboardist of Dire Straits , Guy Fletcher , and Brendan Croker, who had previously worked with Phillips.
The formation met in 1990 in Knopfler's private recording studio in Notting Hill , London , and produced the album Missing ... Presumed Having A Good Time . Dire Straits manager Ed Bicknell played the drums during the recording. Mostly folk songs and old songs were recorded. The album was released in 1990 and reached a medium hit parade placement. The Notting Hillbillies went on a short tour and then broke up again. Since two of the four band members came from the Dire Straits, the Notting Hillbillies were marketed as an "offshoot" of the Dire Straits and as "the new project of Mark Knopfler", which, however, was not entirely true; the album contained only a single song written by Knopfler.
Between 1996 and 1998 the Notting Hillbillies performed together a few more times in the UK.
In 2002, Mark Knopfler gave four benefit concerts in London, where he reunited with the Notting Hillbillies in the first part and played with some musicians from Dire Straits in the second part.
- 1990: Missing ... Presumed Having A Good Time
- 1990: Your Own Sweet Way