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/

Richmond Fontaine – You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing To Go Back To


Richmond Fontaine return after 5 long years with their new album ‘You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing To Go Back To’ March 5th, 2016. The band features Willy Vlautin, Dan Eccles, Sean Oldham and new on bass, Freddy Trujillo, from The Delines. The band will be touring the UK, Ireland, Holland and Scandinavia in April with more European dates to follow later in the year. Look out for more info on the new album soon in the coming weeks

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April 11 – Amsterdam at Paradiso Noord
April 12 – Nijmegen at Brebl
April 13 – Den Haag at Paard van Troje
April 14 – Hoorn at Huis Verloren
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
April 23 – Manchester – The Deaf Institute
April 24 – Leeds – Budenell Social Club
April 25 – Sheffield – The Greystones
April 26 – Newcastle – The Cluny
April 27 – Glasgow – The Art School
April 29 – Dublin – Working Man’s Club
April 30 – Kilkenny Festival
May 1st – Kilkenny Festival

The Delines – Colfax

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So, having posted a couple of things in the run up to this release I felt obliged  to offer up a few more words in praise, particularly as the vinyl is now in my hands, or to be more precise it’s on the turntable from where’s its unlikely to be removed for sometime as it’s a sublime collection of songs beautifully constructed around the work of wordsmith Willy Vlautin (Richmond Fontaine) and the vocal talents of Amy Boone (Damnations TX) who’s voice is both achingly beautiful and redemptive.

The songs (with one exception, Randy Newman’s  Sandman’s Coming which fits into place at the end of side A ) were crafted by Vlautin specifically for Boone and looking at the album cover it’s not hard to imagine the writer walking across town alone every night to sit in a dimly lit corner booth of the Sands, scribbling lyrics and humming melodies into the early hours before finally taking his cue from the doe-eyed waitress and exiting for the lonely walk back to his apartment – this is of course part of the writers magic, the ability to create and convey a back-story to his stories – if you’re familiar with Vlautin’s songwriting or with any of his wonderful novels then it’s likely you already have an inkling for the people and places that occupy the songs on Colfax , characters like the neon of the album’s cover, flawed, flickering, faded and battling the darkness for recognition.

Aside the two protagonists already named the supporting cast of players include  Jenny Conlee-Drizo’s (The Decemberists) on keyboards, Tucker Jackson (Minus 5) on pedal steel, Freddy Trujillo on bass and another member of Richmond Fontaine, Sean Oldham (drums, percussion, vocals).

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‘Amy’s voice has always stopped me in my tracks,’ says Vlautin. “It’s all heart, beat-up but tough, vulnerable and worn. I’ve always wanted to work with her, so when she gave me the chance I spent a year writing songs for her. I wanted to write songs like her voice: songs that might have a drink in the morning but they still make it to work.”

It’s likely that many will disagree but I’d argue that the songwriting on this album is the best yet from Willy Vlautin, there’s a new Richmond Fontaine album in the works at the moment so not long before more comparisons can be made, if you missed the previous plugs I’d also highly recommend the writers latest novel The Free – you can buy the CD, Vinyl and signed copies of the book direct from Decor in the UK – it may be too late but there’s also a limited edition single that was release on Record Store Day that features one of Colfax’s highlights The Oil Rigs at Night and two exclusive tracks.

You’ll need to find a quiet corner somewhere, a heavy bottomed glass and a dark liqueur to grace it to fully appreciate this album – the distinctive tone of the vinyl will enhance the experience too, it’s going to take an exceptional album to dislodge this one from the top spot for 2014 – essential listening.

June UK Dates:
June 2 :: Cyprus Ave, Cork
June 3 :: Errigle Inn, Belfast
June 4 :: Whelans, Dublin
June 5 :: Cleeres, Kilkenny
June 6 :: Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick
June 7 :: Roisin Dubh, Galway
June 10 :: The Lexington, London
June 11 :: Railway, Winchester
June 12 :: St. Bonaventures, Bristol
June 13 :: Art Bar (Bullingdon), Oxford
June 14 :: The Maze, Nottingham
June 15 :: The Greystones, Sheffield
June 17 :: Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
June 18 :: Night and Day Cafe, Manchester
June 19 :: Brudnell Social Club, Leeds
June 20 :: Oran Mor, Glasgow
June 21 :: Jumpin Hot Jamboree, Easington Colliery, Newcastle
June 22 :: Palmeria, Brighton


The Delines – Record Store Day / UK and Ireland Tour June 2014

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If you missed the earlier post about The Delines them wrap your ears around this great track from this new band that features the talents of Richmond Fontaine novelist/songwriter Willy Vlautin, Amy Boone (Damnations), Sean Oldham (Richmond Fontaine), Jenny Conlee (Decemberists), Tucker Jackson and Freddy Trujillo.

The band are releasing their debut 7″ single The Oil Rigs at Night which is a limited edition of 500 hand-numbered records out on April 20th for Record Store Day and will be heading over to Ireland and the UK in June.

The Delines Colfax Tour with The Lost Brothers (except 5/6) + Aidan Smith (London/Manchester):
June 2 :: Cyprus Ave, Cork
June 3 :: Errigle Inn, Belfast
June 4 :: Whelans, Dublin
June 5 :: Cleeres, Kilkenny
June 6 :: Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick
June 7 :: Roisin Dubh, Galway
June 10 :: The Lexington, London
June 11 :: Railway, Winchester
June 12 :: St. Bonaventures, Bristol
June 13 :: Art Bar (Bullingdon), Oxford
June 14 :: The Maze, Nottingham
June 15 :: The Greystones, Sheffield
June 17 :: Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
June 18 :: Night and Day Cafe, Manchester
June 19 :: Brudnell Social Club, Leeds
June 20 :: Oran Mor, Glasgow
June 21 :: Jumpin Hot Jamboree, Easington Colliery, Newcastle
June 22 :: Palmeria, Brighton

Willy Vlautin, of Richmond Fontaine fame, talks about his latest novel ‘The Free’. Plus…he picks his favourite tracks for Tom to pop on the turntable – LINK

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