Richmond Fontaine will play a string of 6 UK dates this October- including London Electric Ballroom on October 21 2016- their final ever tour before founding member and songwriter Willy Vlautin disbands his cult group. Coming in the wake of Richmond Fontaine’s critically applauded tenth and final album YOU CAN’T GO BACK IF THERE’S NOTHING TO GO BACK TO (out now through Décor Records), which topped the official Americana charts and made Rough Trade’s Album of The Month, the farewell tour will also take in a support slot opening up for the band’s idol Willie Nelson and a handful of European festival appearances.
It’s been a twenty year ride, and a good one. At the start of 2016, just prior to the release of YOU CAN’T GO BACK IF THERE’S NOTHING TO GO BACK TO, Vlautin let out the sad news that the record would also be their last, saying; “Richmond Fontaine has had a great 20+ year run and these guys are my best pals so it’s a tough decision but the right one.” That said, the band’s swansong is also throwing up some consolatory ‘firsts’ – Richmond Fontaine will be reissuing their classic albums The Fitzgeraldand Thirteen Cities on 180gm vinyl for the very first time, just ahead of the live dates on October 14th. The farewell tour will also feature a requests portion of the show, where fans can choose their top ten tracks for the band to play- either leave a message on the bands’ Facebook page, tweet using the hashtag #RichmondFontaineRequests or email at email@example.com . The top ten choices will be picked a month before the tour and worked into the set.
Alongside the activity of his other band The Delines, Vlautin continues to remain in demand as a critically acclaimed author (published through Faber & Faber) who is revered by his fellow writers (Roddy Doyle, Donna Tartt and George Pelecanos are all fans). A BFI/Film4 film adaptation of his novel Lean on Pete- starring Steve Buscemi and Chloe Sevigny- is shooting this summer, directed by the Oscar-nominated Stephen Haigh (45 Years). This will be the second of Willy’s novels to be translated for the big screen, with the adaptation of his first book The Motel Life released in 2006, starring Kris Kristofferson and Dakota Fanning.
Recorded and produced in Portland, Oregon by John Askew at Flora Studios, YOU CAN’T GO BACK features the stalwart lineup of Willy Vlautin on guitar/vocals, Sean Oldham on drums, Dan Eccles on guitar, and Paul Brainard on pedal steel. Freddy Trujillo joins on bass from The Delines, longtime friend Jenny Conlee (The Decemberists) plays keyboards. This album catches Vlautin’s songwriting at his strongest. Often compared to Springsteen and Lou Reed, Vlautin has established his own voice over his widely acclaimed ten LPs and four novels, and YOU CAN’T GO BACK IF THERE’S NOTHING TO GO BACK TO finds the band at its very best. Richmond Fontaine again has produced a wealth of beautifully executed story songs, the ilk of which is rarely matched in today’s musical landscape.
Formed in 1994, Richmond Fontaine rose to fame in 2004 off the back of their 5th album, Post To Wire, it went on to sell over 20,000 copies and earned them places in the top 10 year end polls which was again repeated the following year with their album,The Fitzgerald. The press snowballed with those and the following three albums which saw the band playing Green Man, Primavera, End of the Road, while building a loyal following over the last 11 years. Vlautin is a successful author with four novels published via Faber & Faber.
Oct 16 – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach 7:00 *^
Oct 17 – Manchester – Deaf Institute 7:30 *^
Oct 18 – Edinburgh – The Caves – 7:30 *^
Oct 19 – Hebden Bridge – Trades Club 7:30 *^
Oct 20 – Nottingham – The Maze 7:30 SOLD OUT *^
Oct 21 – London – Electric Ballroom – last ever UK show
* Peter Bruntnell supporting ^ Jerry Joseph supporting
Portland, Oregon’s Richmond Fontaine head an all-star cast including Ryley Walker, The Weather Station, Teddy Thompson, Hayes Carll and Cale Tyson Band.
Taking place around the clubs and bars of The Marble City between April 29th and May 2nd, the nineteenth Kilkenny Roots Festival once again brings together a stellar cast of musicians drawn from the ever-widening ‘roots and Americana’ world for a weekend of music.
Richmond Fontaine will play what will be their last ever Irish shows in support of their new album, You Can’t Go Back If There Is Nothing To Go Back To, the band’s last after announcing a permanent split earlier this month. The hugely acclaimed guitar wizard and songwriter Ryley Walker makes his festival debut alongside Canada’s The Weather Station and UK ‘folk royalty’ Teddy Thompson, who will play a duo show with US songwriter Kelly Jones. Alt country’s Grammy nominated Hayes Carll will play a solo show, and Nashville’s psychedelic roots rockers The Delta Saints make their debut on Irish shores for a much anticipated Sunday night show at The Set.
US/UK duo Lewis & Leigh bring their beautiful harmonies to Kilkenny this year and so too Loose Record’s Barna Howard who returns after a hugely successful visit to Ireland in 2015. Also returning Nashville’s ‘neo-traditionalist’ country star Cale Tyson will be playing full band sets and Indiana’s David Corley adds his own unique soulful rock ‘n’ roll to proceedings with two shows.
Argentina’s Fernando Viciconte and Ireland’s Malojian, Tim V Smyth and John Blek & The Rats finalize what is arguably one of the strongest line-ups the festival has ever amassed.
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.”
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/