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Willy Vlautin announces Richmond Fontaine’s final album together

Second teaser track from the bands forthcoming album and final album You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing To Go Back To out this March and available to pre-order now on Decor in the UK.

Richmond Fontaine’s songwriter, Willy Vlautin, says of the album “This record was written for all the guys we know who have hit the wall, are about to hit the wall, or are in the middle of slamming into it, It’s a record about paying the price for the way one’s lived. We all wanted to make one more record after The High Country. Our founding member, Dave Harding moving with his family to Denmark stopped us for a long while, but we were dead set on one more. I wrote You Can’t Go Back… to give an end piece for all the characters who inhabited the world of Richmond Fontaine over the years. Throughout the new record are hints of past RF albums and nods to past locations that the characters had found themselves in, and always they’re drifting and searching, hoping for a decent place to land. In the end they try to go back home where they were when RF first began. It’s where the characters started and now where they’ll end.”

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Richmond Fontaine are playing the following dates with Fernando supporting:

April 15 – Brighton – Bleach

April 17 – Winchester –The Railway

April 18 –   Bristol – The Tunnels

April 19 – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds

April 20 – London – Dingwalls

April 21 – Oxford – The Bullingdon

April 22 –  Bedford – Esquires – 7:30

April 23 – Manchester – The Deaf Institute

April 24 – Leeds – Budenell Social Club

April 25 – Sheffield – The Greystones

April 26 – Newcastle – The Cluny 7:30 –

April 27 – Glasgow – The Art School

April 29 – Dublin – Working Man’s Club

April 30 – Kilkenny Festival http://www.kilkennyroots.com/

May 1st – Kilkenny Festival http://www.kilkennyroots.com/

Sturgill Simpson – January 2016 UK / Euro Dates

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Sturgill Simpson is back on this side of the pond in the New Year for a series of solo dates in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Spain.



12 Jan – BELFAST, Limelight 2
13 Jan – DUBLIN, Button Factory
15 Jan – GLASGOW, ABC (Celtic Connections)
18 Jan – HAMBURG, Prinzenbar
19 Jan – BERLIN, Frannz
21 Jan – BARCELONA, Rocksound
22 Jan – MADRID, La Boite Live



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Joey Kneiser – The Wildness

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“These songs are a love letter to rock and roll and to the person closest to you who lets you pursue it” says Joey Kneiser of his new album The Wildness, both the notion and the sentiment run true, it’s a honest album of little pretence that shuns the need to find any kind of niche.

There’s a certain reverence in the songs and music on this album and more than a little magic; with the artist seemingly having drawn  a deep breathe, held and savoured the moment then exhaled something new, but familiar and comforting.

“The concept for the video stems from the idea that everything worth doing in life requires you to give up something in return,” Kneiser says. “In the video I give up a part of me to find something I lost along the way.”

Rock ‘n’ roll can, it seems, save your soul.

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Lucero – All A Man Should Do

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The Lucero star continues to shine bright on their tenth studio album All A Man Should Do,  following the success of 2009’s 1372 Overton Park and 2012’s Women and Work the album was once again recorded at Memphis’ Ardent Studios with producer Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Flogging Molly) handling production duties again, though this time around the band’s sound has shifted, mellowed a little and soaked up some more of that legendary Memphis soul.

Ben Nichols’ writing has never being better and that reflects in the bands confidence with the song arrangements and the feel of the album “…we felt comfortable enough to take some chances with a palette of new tones that sound understated yet powerful, bringing life to the stories behind the lyrics without overshadowing them…“, though there’s a decent helping of sadness, regret and the rootlessness of band life the polestar on this album is more about home and positive matters of the heart – fittingly it features a cover from the legendary Memphis band Big Star, who’s sole surviving founder member Jody Stephens adds backing vocals to Lucero’s version of I’m in Love with a Girl, the first cover to appear on a Lucero studio release also features later day Big Star members Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow.

Nicols and the band find time to honour another legend with the excellent Went Looking for Warren Zevon’s Los Angeles one of the album’s many highlights alongside the more ‘Lucero’ sounding Can’t You Hear Them Howl, though personally my favourite tracks are the ‘quieter’ ones the pick of which is I Woke Up In New Orleans – though this should not draw away from the fact this album is very much the sum of it’s parts and the band’s best-to-date in my opinion – highly recommended.

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