More Dates for “The Free”
Wednesday, April 16 -7:00pm Left Bank Books in St. Louis, Missouri. http://www.left-bank.com/event/willy-vlautin-free
Thursday, April 17 –5:30PM reading and then screening of The Motel Life film at 6:00PM @ the Ragtag Cinema, Columbia, Missouri. Introduction before and Q&A after film with Willy. http://www.ragtagcinema.org/
Friday, April 18 –12:00 pm reading at Missouri River Regional Library (through Downtown Book & Toy) in Jefferson City, Missouri. http://bookandtoy.net/index.php?page_id=events&eventID=132
Friday, April 18-5:00pm in-store performance as part of Record Store Day promotion at Euclid Records in St. Louis, Missouri at 5:00PM. www.euclidrecords.com
Saturday, April 19 – 3:00 pm Reading at Boxcar Books http://www.boxcarbooks.org/News
Sunday, April 20 –6:30 pm The Motel Life film screening at the Indiana University Cinema. Introduction before and Q&A after film with Willy. http://www.cinema.indiana.edu/?post_type=film&p=6314
“The Free” Book Tour
Hey friends, Willy is hitting the streets to promote his 4th novel “The Free”. Check out his whirlwind tour to see if he’s coming to your town then go listen to him read you a story, possibly sitting in his lap.
Jan 28 @ 6:30pm : The Gutter Bookshop, Dublin (Willy to be interviewed by Roddy Doyle)
Jan 29 @ 7:00pm : No Alibis @ Ulster Museum, Belfast (Willy to be interviewed by Glenn Patterson)
Jan 30 @ 7:00pm : Rough Trade East, London (Willy to be interviewed by Sarah Hall)
Jan 31 @ 7:00pm : Manchester Lit Festival, Anthony Burgess Foundation
Feb 4 : Powell’s Books, Portland, OR
Feb 5 : Elliott Bay Book Co., Seattle, WA
Feb 6 : Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA
Feb 7 : Bloomsbury Books, Ashland, OR
Feb 8 @ 7:00pm : Green Apple Books, San Francisco, CA
Feb 9 @ 7:00pm : Book Passage, San Francisco, CA
Feb 10 @ 6:30pm : Sundance Bookstore, Reno, NV
Feb 11 @ 7:00pm : The King’s English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 12 @ 7:30pm : The Tattered Cover, Denver, CO
Feb 13 @ 6:00pm : Rediscovered Books, Boise, ID
Feb 18: BookCourt, Brooklyn, NY http://bookcourt.com/events/willy-Vlautin venue change
Feb 19 : Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN
Feb 20 @ 6:00pm : Square Books / Thacker Mountain, Oxford, MS
Feb 23 : Hood River Library, Hood River, OR
Feb 25 @ 6:30pm : Village Books / Chuckanut Radio Hour, Bellingham, WA
Feb 26 : Orca Books, Olympia, WA
Feb 27 : AWP Conference, Seattle, WA
Feb 28 : Auntie’s Bookstore, Spokane, WA
Mar 1 : Live Wire! Radio, Portland, OR
Mar 4 : Oregon City Library, Oregon City, OR
Mar 12 : Deschutes Library, Bend, OR
Mar 15 @ 5:00 : Sunriver Books, Sunriver, OR
Mar 18 : Broadway Books, Portland, OR
Mar 26 : Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, CA
Mar 27 : The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA Date Change
Mar 30 : The Hotel Cafe, Hollywood, CA Canceled
RF with Patterson Hood Jan 8
Luther Russell at Al’s Den Oct. 20-26
Our brother and producer Luther Russell is coming to Portland to do a residency at Al’s Den all next week. We will be joining him the first night (Sun) and dropping in throughout the week. Come on down!
RF to be inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame
Though we are all still in our early 30′s, we have somehow bribed our way into the Oregon Music HOF. This is an honor normally reserved for people playing music in Oregon for 20 years minimum, clearly impossible for us as we just celebrated Dave’s 21er at Hooters in Troutdale last weekend. Mistake or no we intend to eat the Kingsmen’s rider in the green room and play a great set before the mix-up is discovered. Join us at the Aladdin Theater Oct. 5th 7pm.
We are also celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Louie Louie” the Kingsmen‘s masterpiece and required first song to learn for every rock band. Yes they are gonna play it! OMHOFers Quarterflash are going to rip it up for a headlining set
Music Fest Northwest Wednesday at Doug Fir
Hey we are playing music fest here in Portland at the Doug Fir Lounge on Sept.4. We are on at 9 sharp but be there by 8 to catch The Eyelids. Check out the sweet line-up.
PDX Pop Now! 2013
We are playing a set at PDX Pop Now! festival. It is Saturday July, 20 at 7pm. Come on down, eat some elephant ears and rock out!
People of Portland, Dante’s this Thursday
We are pleased to announce our first full band rock show since 2011. Willy and Dan are hot off of a whirlwind Euro tour and the rest of us have been thawed from the hibernation stations. We will hit the stage at Dante’s this Thursday, June 13. Joining us will be 6th Fontaine Ian Moore and his band The Lossy Coils. The Geodes, a supergroup composed of Paul Brainard, Larry Crane and Pauli Pulverenti will begin the festivities around 9.
Richmond Fontaine Duo in Ireland & Norway
Willy and Dan couldn’t be happier to get back to two of their favorite places in the world! These will be their only European dates of 2013, as Willy is busy working on a new project (stay tuned for more news) and finishing a new novel, and RF is hoping to get another record in the pipeline as well.
First stop is Roscrea, Ireland at Leap Castle. This is a must see gig as Leap Castle is known by many to be the most haunted Castle in the world! Then the boys are off to Listowel Writers’ Week where Willy is excited to see favorites Colum McCann, Colm Tóibín, and Peter Murphy. Willy will read as well as play a full gig with Dan.
Next stop is the Working Class Hero Festival in Drammen, Norway for a reading and a gig with our pal Dave Harding and the great Felice Brothers. Then on to a gig in Oslo at one of RF’s favorite clubs, MONO.
Hope to see you there and thanks for supporting Richmond Fontaine all these years!
May 29 – Roscrea, Ireland – Leap Castle -full gig- (for tickets please tel/text 0872238040 or email email@example.com)
May 30 – Listowel, Ireland – Writers’ Week (reading)
May 31 – Listowel, Ireland – Writers’ Week (gig)
June 1 – Drammen, Norway – Working Class Hero Festival (gig)
June 2 – Drammen, Norway – Working Class Hero Festival (spoken word)
June 3 – Oslo, Norway – Mono – (gig)
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A Whole Week of Acoustic Fontaine May 5-11
Richmond Fontaine Acoustic Residency at Al’s Den
RF ends its hiatus with a week long acoustic fest at the Crystal Hotel here in Portland
These shows are all 7-10pm. RF will start and finish the shows with our guests in the middle somewhere.
May 5 – Richmond Fontaine with special guest Mike Coykendall
May 6 – RF featuring Paul Brainard
May 7 – RF w/Paul Brainard and special guest Piecost
May 9- RF w/ special guest Herman Jolly from Sunset Valley and Buzzyshyface
May 10 – RF w/ special guest Alexa Wiley and a reading by Tim Sproul backed by RF
May 11 – RF w/ special guest Freddy Trujillo
Solo Willy Mar 11 in Portland
Monday March 11 Secret Society, Portland— Willy opening for Rick Bass & Stellarondo
Dave Harding UK Tour
Our man Dave is hitting the road in the UK. Dates below.
Check him out and buy him a beer, he looks skinny.
Richmond Fontaine bassist Dave Harding will be embarking on his first UK solo tour. Harding, a founding member of Richmond Fontaine, will be performing songs off of his two solo albums Across The Road and You Came Through, as well as sharing some stories about his life with the band.
The Motel Life (film) Wins 3 Awards
Great news from the Rome International Film Festival! ( http://www.romacinemafest.it/ecm/web/fcr/en/home)The Motel Life made an impressive showing, taking home the Audience Choice Award as well as the awards for Screenplay and Editing. It received a roaring round of applause after the premier screening and there was quite a bit of buzz about its cast, cinematography, animation, and story. And remember to stay for the closing credits as THE BOYFRIENDS closes the movie! Release dates are still TBA but fingers crossed you’ll see it at a theater near you soon…
Meanwhile, check out this early review. (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/rome-review-the-motel-life-a-small-but-perfectly-formed-indie-with-a-sweet-sad-heart-of-gold-20121116 )
Village Voice Mention
Willy in fine company
Willy and Jonathan Evison Readings
Willy is happy to announce two readings with his great pal Jonathan Evison.
Johnny has a tremendous new novel, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving,
so Willy is coming out of hiding for two events. He’ll likely read from a new story called Lorna,
soon to be published by the good folks at Tin House. Hope to see you there…
Post to Wire on Vinyl
Hi people, as you know our friends at Diverse Records have released our album “Post to Wire” on 180 gram Vinyl. We have acquired a few copies and they are available (while they last) on our merch page. These also contain a bonus 7″ that has a pair of unreleased songs from the same session. Memories…
ps. we are careful shippers of LPs and use the special cardboard wrap around doo dad
Dave Harding “You Came Through”
Dave has just released his second solo record You Came Through. The album was produced by Mike Coykendall and features members of Richmond Fontaine and other stalwart musicians of the Portland music scene.
He has a cool blog with some behind the scenes info. http://youcamethrough.blogspot.dk/
Grab the album at his bandcamp site. http://daveharding.bandcamp.com
Nice words from George Pelecanos
George Pelecanos the best working crime novelist in America wrote this about RF. Pretty damn cool!
Sunday, May 27
9:30 p.m. Listening to Richmond Fontaine’s latest CD, The High Country. Richmond Fontaine, headed by Willy Vlautin, have a stellar reputation in Europe (I saw them at a venue in London a couple of years ago with a packed house of raucous Brits) but are less well known here. It’s hard to describe their music, which makes it hard to market I guess, but I’d go for cinematic Americana, Great Northwest country-rock, or song craft with a literary bent. The High Country is a concept record, and at first a bit inaccessible, but among the oddities, instrumental interludes, and spoken-word moments, tracks like “The Chainsaw Sea,” “Lost in the Trees,” “On a Spree,” and “The Escape” achieve a kind of epic grandeur. The ace guitar work is from Dan Eccles. Newcomers might opt for a more traditional trip and try the record Post to Wire, which boasts many fine songs, like “Barely Losing,” a sublime we-took-a-road-trip-and-we’re in-love tune (“And we’re walking along the railroad tracks / At five in the morning / Wishing we could always be like this / That we’d never have to go back”), or download the track “Incident at Conklin Creek,” from The Fitzgerald, which is akin to a spare, perfectly realized Raymond Carver short story. By the way, Willy Vlautin is also a novelist who wrote Northline, one of my favorite books of the past ten years. Yeah, the dude’s some kind of genius.
The complete article is here:
San Francisco Reading at City Lights May 31
Willy couldn’t be more excited to be reading at the world famous City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco with the iconic Barry Gifford. Barry will be reading from his new book of poetry, Imagining Paradise, and Willy will read from a new story, soon to be published in Tin House’s upcoming issue. Who knows – Willy might even play a song…
Hope to see you there: Thursday, May 31 @ 7:00pm
Dan and Willy back across the pond.
Willy and Dan are back overseas to do a handful of dates. Some with our pals Peter Bruntnell and Richard Buckner.
They also get to go to Kilkenny Roots Festival, lucky dogs!
Willy shortlisted for IMPAC Award!
Lean on Pete shortlisted for IMPAC award!
April 12, 2012
The 10 finalists for the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award were announced this morning, and Lean on Pete made the cut from some 150 on the longlist. The Irish Times says Pete is a “stand out”. The IMPAC award is the largest and most international prize of its kind with nominations submitted by libraries all over the world for books in any language. Willy is overwhelmed by the honor. The winner will be announced June 13. Keep your fingers crossed for Pete and Charley!
Also our pals at Diverse have put “Post to Wire” out on vinyl
Lean on Pete up for Dutch Award
“De Ruwe Weg” the Dutch translation of “Lean on Pete” is up for a young peoples book award. I believe you can vote for Willy if you can figure it out and are under 30.
Liverpool review with nice RF mention
Here is a review of the Liverpool show with the Jayhawks. http://www.peterguy.merseyblogs.co.uk/2012/03/jayhawks-richmond-fontaine-o2.html
Also got a few more keyrings so check the merch page. The handful of you who were back-ordered shipped yesterday. Some CD copies of We Used to Think the Freeway Sounded Like a River have surfaced and are available also.
Willy and Dan keep on truckin to Eastern Europe!
Road Goes On
We have been hearing some beautiful tones emanating from the basement here at RFHQ. It’s Dan and Willy practicing up for the big tour with the Jayhawks next week. I have heard some classics not played for a while and new tunes never heard before. Willy says The Jayhawks are ripping it up. He saw them earlier this month in Portland so it will be win win! Also some nice headlining spots at more intimate venues on this one. The boys are bringing some merch and signing boobs etc so go say hi.
Also SONIC magazine in Sweden did a spread on WV and the Motel Life, so pick one up if you are over there.
March 8 – Leicester – The Musician http://www.themusicianpub.co.uk/
March 9 – Tingewick – Village Hall http://www.empty-rooms.com/fontaineduo12.html
March 10 Edinburgh – HMV Picturehouse * http://venues.meanfiddler.com/hmv-picture-house/listings/featured/4989/jayhawks-tickets
March 11 – Liverpool – Academy * http://www.o2academyliverpool.co.uk/event/32562/the-jayhawks-tickets/ArtistsDetails
March 12 – Bristol – Academy * http://www.o2academybristol.co.uk/
March 13 – Dublin – Button Factory * http://ww2.buttonfactory.ie/content.php?ID=1
March 14 – Belfast – Spring and Airbrake* http://www.cdcleisure.net/2.php?&band=538&venue=Spring+%26+Airbrake
March 15 – Dundalk – Spirit Store http://www.spiritstore.ie/
March 16 – Cologne – Die Kantine * http://www.kantine.com/detail.php?id=902
March 17 – Berlin – The Lido* http://www.lido-berlin.de/
March 18 – Hamburg – Greuspan* http://www.gruenspan.de/
March 19 – Guildford – Crypt Bar, Angel Hotel http://www.people-independent-music.co.uk/
March 20 – Cardiff – Ten Feet Tall http://www.gatheredinsong.com/about/events
March 21 – Bath – Chapel Arts Centre http://www.chapelarts.org/index.php?main_page=monthly_listing&month=March&page=2
March 22 – Zagreb – Mali Pogon, Tvornica Kulture http://www.tvornicakulture.com/tvornica-kulture-info.html
March 23 – Belgrade – Gun Club http://www.odlicanhrcak.com/?cat=44
March 24 – Vienna – Haus der Musik http://www.hausdermusik.at/en/events/31.htm
Willy and Dan are excited to be supporting The Jayhawks on some shows in March. Check out the dates on our tour page
Dec 7 last chance to hear live Fontaine in 2011
Willy and Dan are doing a free acoustic performance at Music Millennium here in Portland this Wednesday at 6pm. Come down and pick up some stocking stuffers like “The High Country” while listening to songs about people who have it worse than you (hopefully).
The High Country on vinyl
Hey, Willy brought back a few LPs of “The High Country” from our last tour. They are very limited, only 40 I think. Hit the merch page while they last!
Hey all. We survived our two tours and had a great time seeing our friends over there. Stay tuned for some photos.
The merch page is back up.
Euro Tour Part 2
We are taking off again on Monday to sunny Spain to begin our second leg of “The High Country” tour. Over the next three weeks we will visit; Spain, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway and Liverpool UK!
Check out our Tour Page for cities. Merchandise is shut down until we return in November, just in time for the holiday rush.
See you out there
Record Release Shows. Seattle and Portland this week
We are back from Europe and after playing 19 in a row we should be in good shape for the two this week. We are at the Sunset Tavern in Seattle Thursday and the Star Theater here in Portland Friday. We are bringing Amy Boone from The Damnations with us to play some keys and sing the part of “The Girl” and our pals Ian Moore and the Lossy Coils (both shows) and Celilo (in seattle) and Mercy Graves (in portland) are playing too. Come on out!
Ricky Ross session/ Americana UK
Hear Richmond Fontaine’s session for Another Country with Ricky Ross on BBC Radio Scotland and an interview with Willy Vlautin. The programme broadcasts on Friday 30th September 2005-2200 hours UK time, is repeated Sunday 2nd October 2200-0000 hours and you can hear it through the BBC iplayer anytime over the next nine days. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00hh26l
Americana UK festival Dan and WIlly will be playing http://www.americana-uk.com/americana-ten
Check the tour dates page and come on out!
Thanks for all your support over the years!
Check out the new video
Gary made a killer video for our hit single.
Hit Single Goes Vinyl
New vinyl single of “Lost in the Trees” is here. They feature two songs from our upcoming album “The High Country” and a bonus track. These are imported from our friends at Trash Aesthetics. They made 500 (all numbered) and they went pretty quick last time. We at RF headquarters will ship to North American addresses until we run out(SOLD OUT). TA will send worldwide. Order Here.
Inside along with the record is a beer coaster, sticker and handwritten lyric sheet.
Tracks: Lost in the Trees, The Eagles Lodge, The Mechanic Meets the Girl at the Movies.
Richmond Fontaine Acoustic Tour
Willy and Dan have headed over to Ireland and UK for a week of dates. They will be playing the classics and tunes from the new album. On Thursday they are doing a cool thing in London before a screening of “Blue Velvet”. Rumor has it that a cut from our freshly shot video will be shown. I hope it’s not too weird for Lynch fans.
Willy and Dan – Richmond Fontaine acoustic tour
July 19 – Galway Arts Festival – afternoon reading and evening show at the Roisin Dubh
July 20 – Winchester – The Railway – acoustic duo show
July 21 – Prince Charles Cinema, London – acoustic performance, followed by the new promo video and then Blue Velvet
July 22 – Port Eliot Festival – reading and acoustic performance http://www.porteliotfestival.com/
July 23 – Truck Festival – main stage in the afternoon http://www.thisistruck.com/
July 24 – Americana Summertyne Festival Gateshead/Newcastle – outdoor free music stage in the afternoon
“The Mechanic’s Life” from the upcoming album “The High Country”
Here is a quickie home movie we made so you would have something to stare at while listening to a cool song from our new album. These shots are from the tracking sessions at Type Foundry Studios. There is a real video in the works for our hit single, so look out mtv.
Mini Tour: Boise, Cedar City, SLC and Reno
Hey folks. We are hitting the road to play the Groovefest in Cedar City, Utah. Along the way we will touch down in Boise, Salt Lake and Reno
June 22 Boise, ID. Neurolux
June 23 Cedar City, Utah Groovefest after hours
June 26th, Reno, NV Sundance Bookstore (Grand Opening Party) This is a free event @ 7pmwww.sundancebookstore.com
Portland Rose Festival June 12th
It is time for our fair city’s annual celebration of the majestic Rose. We will be playing all of our flower related songs and more on the RoZone stage from 3:30-4:30 Sun June 12. Looks like a bunch of great Portland bands that day starting at 2. Bring sunscreen and a raincoat (to hide the flask)
Hey, we are playing the High Dive up in Seattle with our friends Massy Ferguson Friday May 13th.
Oregon Book Awards
Hot damn! Willy won the Ken Kesey Fiction Award for his book Lean on Pete.
Doug Fir April 14th
Have you ever rocked out to RF in a log cabin? I know Uncle Jeff has but I’m talking about a log cabin that serves strong drink and has a killer sound system. Again, Uncle Jeff probably has, but the rest of you get on down to the Doug Fir Lounge here in Portland.
Don’t blow it, Dang.
We are getting to play with our old pal Fernando at Mississippi Studios here in Portland on Feb 26. For a little change of pace we have decided to play our 2002 album Winnemucca in its entirety, if we can remember it. Come on down
Drop me off…
Willy this Thursday in Pendelton, OR
Willy Vlautin and Laura Gibson with Rian Beach
Thursday, February 10, 6PM/Free/All Ages
Great Pacific in Pendelton
Happy New Year!
Big Jerry show tomorrow at the Mt Tabor Theater. Folks are coming in from all over to ring in the New Year!
Willy at Powell’s
Willy is honored to be reading at Powell’s with one of his favorite all-time writers, Barry Gifford. Also on the bill is Jim Nesbit, a great crime writer from the Bay Area. They’ll be making it a Christmas-themed evening. Willy will be joined by Paul Brainard (hopefully with his famous Fun Machine), performing a bit from A Jockey’s Christmas. 7:30pm @ Powell’s City of Books in Portland.
Richmond Fontaine the Racehorse
Check it out. Lil’ Ricky came from way behind to win his maiden race by 1/2 a length. Here is a blurb.
Satyricon October 15
Music Fest Northwest
We have a show here in Portland at Berbati’s Pan on Friday for MFNW. MFNW took over for NXNW a spin-off of SXSW a few years ago. Eleven years ago RF played a NXNW showcase at Satyricon where we happen to be playing next month for a farewell show (for the venue not us hopefully), see how this is all tying together? Nope. Well our buddy Erik recorded that show back in ’99 and the sound quality is actually good so we posted it for all to hear. Check it out here, hopefully it will bring back some memories or get you in the mood to catch one of these shows. Careful, we were young and strong back then.
Willy reading tonight and Thursday! and gig Tuesday
Monday August 16th @ Peppers Theatre Edinburgh, Scotland (Willy reading with David Vann as a part of the Edinburgh literary festival)
Tuesday August 17th Ed Book Festival Willy playing acoustic gig @ the Unbound Stage 9pm.
Thursday August 19th @ HBC, Berlin, Germany (Willy reading with Clemens Meyer celebrating the release of Lean on Pete in Germany)
This weekend is the Pickathon here in Portland. If you happen to be at the festival come see us!
Sat Aug, 7 1:45 p.m. Fir Meadows Stage
Sun Aug, 8 1:00 p.m. Galaxy Barn
Willy and Dan @ Mississippi Studios July 31
Show starts at 9pm doors 8.
New Outta My Head x2
Dave has put up two new issues of Outta My Head!
RF at Dantes Jun 10th
Hey, we are playing Dantes with Kevn Kinney and Scott McCaughey this Thursday. Come on down
DidgeriDoods return from down under
Dan got held up at the airport for trying to bring a Roo back with him to USA, but Willy made it back safe and sound. RF would like to thank Nonzero Records and their head honcho, Nick Carr for bringing Willy and Dan to Australia. Thanks Nick! We Used to Think the Freeway Sounded Like a River was album of the week on Australian National Radio and the turnouts to the shows were amazing. Thanks also to the good people at Allen & Unwin for helping Willy’s book “Lean on Pete”. They are hands down the coolest publisher in Australia. Also thanks to the great musicians who shared the bill with Dan and Willy. Hats off to Robert F. Cranny, Jason Walker, Perry Keyes and Gentle Ben and his Sensitive Side. And most of all thanks to all the people who came out to see the show and support RF.
Well the first show is over by now and Willy and Dan are having a few Coopers. One more chance to see them in Sydney tomorrow (tonight) before they head up the coast.
Willy and Dan Down Under Richmond Fontaine Acoustic Duo
Thu 27, May – Brass Monkey, Cronulla
Fri 28, May – Notes, Newtown
Sat 29, May – Avid Reader (early evening instore)
Sat 29, May – Troubadour
Sun 30, May – East Brunswick Club
Live at Doug Fir
Someone pointed out that we didn’t have “Live at Doug Fir” up on our download site (oops). All better.
Doug Fir Tonight
Willy on “Think Out Loud” April 23
We have an excellent radio program here in Portland called Think Out Loud. The show is on at 9am & 9pm weekdays (pacific time) on Oregon Public Broadcasting. They cover regional and global issues with experts and call-ins from average Janes and Joes via phone and e-mail. This Friday Apr. 23 as part of their Northwest Passages series they have Willy on to talk about writing books and songs etc. So be sure to check it out on 91.5 FM. “But I don’t live in Portland” you say. Well they stream live on the web and they podcast every show, links below.
Lean on Pete in the USA
Tuesday April 13 is the official US release date for Willy’s third novel, LEAN ON PETE!
It has been extremely well received so far in the UK, Ireland and Australia…
“As one boy’s journey, Lean on Pete is as real as blood: as a novel it is remarkable. Willy Vlautin, romantic and realist, has written something special that will make you shudder, weep, rage and wonder at how such things happen and do, and how some individuals such as Charley can suffer them, absorb the grief, and somehow survive. How good is contemporary US fiction? This good: catch your breath good.”
Eileen Battersby, Irish Times
Willy is heading out on the road to do a bunch of readings. Support your local bookstore and come on out to a reading. For a lucky couple of cities guitar man Dan Eccles and Willy will play as the RF Acoustic Duo. See dates below and on Willy’s site.
More info on the novel here.
If you can’t make it to a reading but want to buy a personalized autographed copy of Lean on Pete, click here.
Hope to see you soon at a reading or gig!
April 13 Eugene, OR @ U of O Bookstore
April 17 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall with RICHARD BUCKNER (music only gig)
April 19 Brooklyn, NY @ Powerhouse Arena reading with HANNAH TINTI
April 21 Boston, MA @ Brookline Booksmith reading with JENNIFER HAIGH
April 23 OPB radio Think Out Loud Northwest Passages 9:00 am (radio show featuring northwest writers)
April 27 Portland, OR @ Powell’s Books
April 28 Seattle, WA @ Elliott Bay Book Company
May 3 San Francisco @ Green Apple Books (Reading is at Edinburgh Castle and features Dan Eccles on guitar)
May 4 Reno, NV reading @ Sundance Books 6:30 PM
May 4 Reno, NV Richmond Fontaine acoustic duo (Willy and Dan) @ Ole Bridge Pub 9:00 PM
May 5 Salt Lake City, UT @ Sam Wellers 6:00 PM
May 5 Salt Lake City, UT Richmond Fontaine acoustic duo (Willy and Dan) @ The State Room 9:00 PM
May 6 Denver, CO @ Tattered Cover
May 11 Pasadena, CA @ Vromans
May 12 LA, CA @ Book Soup
May 21 Willy and Dan are heading to Australia!! Tour dates to follow
Got some tour photos up
click here to see them
We are back from tour and had a great time. Thanks very much for coming out to see us. These were the best attended gigs so far and included 10 sell-outs in the UK. Thank you repeat fans for spreading the word and dragging your friends out to the shows.
We have our new live album “Postcard from Portland: Live at Dante’s” available on our website merch page. These are a limited run (1000 USA 2000 UK/EU) the US version is in a cardboard eco wallet and the Euro version is a digipak.
Our sister site in UK decorrecords.com has the digipaks available now as well as T-Shirts and a few 7″ singles. I see they also have Lean on Pete and Willy’s other books. The UK/EU version of Postcard from Portland will be in stores over there Apr. 26th.
Lean on Pete comes out April 13th here in the states and Willy is doing some readings and one acoustinc gig.
Our next Portland gig (full band) is April 29 at Doug Fir with our friends From Words To Blows and The Very Foundation.
We will post some more tour pics soon on the tour page.
Oslo and beyond. Euro Tour 2010
Hey, we have temporarily shut down our merchandise page cause we are hitting the road. You can still go to stores or Decor, Arena Rock, CDBaby etc.. or wait until March 10 and order from us. You can still download of course.
Yes we are going to Norway, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland and we are bringing out new live album, recorded right here in Portland at our beloved Dante’s. It features the best 69 minutes of our recent record release show. Like the Doug Fir record we used a fancy rig to multitrack so it sounds great. These will be available when we get back from tour, direct from us or in stores.
Willy has already hopped a plane to do some legwork for his new book ‘Lean on Pete’ he is doing some readings/gigs starting Feb. 9th in the UK until we arrive in force on the 14th for Oslo and the rest of the tour.
We hope to see you there xo RF
Lean on Pete
Check out this cool video for Willy’s new book.
“I read it on tour and loved it…. I may have shed a few tears but I don’t think the guys saw” S. Oldham- Country Drummer
Friday Jan 8 at The High Dive in Seattle
We are storming the Emerald City this Friday to celebrate our new release. Come on down to The High Dive and have a few with us. Show starts around 9:30 with Norman Baker then Red Jacket Mine then US. We will bring copies of our new album in CD and Vinyl form.
For the folks here in the USA who have been waiting, we now have our LPs available on the merch page!
Dante’s in Portland this Friday
Yep. Big record release this Friday @ Dante’s. Birthday boy Michael Dean Damron opens with Dolorean in the middle slot. Should be a fun night.
Our vinyl truly exists. I hold in my hand a copy of ‘We Used to Think the Freeway Sounded Like a River ‘ in LP format. See our merchandise page to order.
We finally have T-shirts available also, and don’t forget Willy’s soon to be classic holiday tale ‘A Jockey’s Christmas’, fine gifts for friends and enemies alike.
New Yorker Review
Hey the New Yorker reviewed We Used Think the Freeway Sounded Like a River. click below to see it.
Thanks to everyone who came out and saw us and to those behind the scenes who make it all possible.
Special thanks to Stiv Cantarelli for some heroic drives and kick ass guitar playing.
We just played a great place in Switzerland called El Lokal. The Bar is very interesting and the people are very cool..Our buddy Stiv Cantarelli has been opening for us and played a cool solo set. We had fun in Italy, Vienna and Zagreb also. Ireland was a blast of course. Tomorrow we head down to Spain, so we will be speaking three or so languages in one day, just to order food and beer.
Euro Tour Part 2
Willy is back on his feet so we are heading to Ireland tomorrow. Check the tour dates page for a gig near you.
Sorry Portland and Seattle fans. We will play as soon as we can.
Record Release Parties Canceled
Man o man. Willy is so sick with the flu that he hasn’t slept in three days and can’t say more than two words without coughing. So instead of doing an experimental instrumental jazz odyssey we are forced to cancel this weekends shows at Dante’s and The Tractor Tavern. We will try and reschedule as soon as we can. Sorry everyone, we know this sucks.
Two shows canceled
Just spoke to Willy and he can’t talk so NO Music Millennium show today. We will reschedule for another day.
Also, sadly Kelly’s Bar in Galway lost thier leader in a car wreck so no show there. RIP.
Thanks for your understanding.
We had a excellent time on the second half of our European Tour. Ralph Huntley came along and played some great piano to round out the RF sound. We ran into our friend Al James, from Dolorean, who played some shows with us. We met some new friends as well, especially Peter Bruntnell and his band. (surf’s up Davey Lemonade) Here are some Pics.
It always surprises us that people come to the shows in such far away lands. Thanks to all our friends who are out there spreading the word. We will do our best to keep coming back.
We have a few hometown shows coming up. First on Wed. Oct 7 we are playing Music Millennium at 6 p.m. to celebrate our USA release of We Used to Think the Freeway Sounded Like a River. Then Fri. Oct 9 big rock show release party at Dante’s with Federale, and Kelly Blair Bauman. Saturday Oct. 10 Tractor Tavern in ol’ Seattle
We have updated the tour page with more dates and changed a few (sorry) so check in on that.
This is a super cool 1 minute video postcard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6AVjbPUh48
It was done by Wendy Peyton and stars Darin Goble.
We did a radio session here at Oregon Public Broadcasting. We did some songs and an interview and it is now live at opbmusic.org.
Click on the link below and pretend that our new album is your most anticipated of the week, if you are bored.
We hit Ireland, Eastern Europe, Switzerland, Italy and Spain in two weeks as well so check the tour page.
We are having a great time here in the UK. We even got to see Stonehenge and some other ancient sites. Thanks to all the people who have been coming to the shows. It keeps us going.
We have added a few shows so check the tour page
Heading out to Europe
Thanks everyone for coming out to Kenton on Friday. It makes for a nice send off. We hit the trail for the old country this week, it has been two years for some of us and we are looking forward to seeing some pals over there.
Here is where we are going. We will try to keep you posted if anything exciting happens
Top Secret Gig
We are playing the World Famous Kenton Club here in Portland on Friday. The incredible Ralph “Chops” Huntley will be joining us on keys. Starting the evening in fine fashion will be Mike Coykendall Band round 9:30 I bet.
We Used to Think the Freeway Sounded Like a River
Our new record has hit the stores in UK/Europe and is coming next month here in the USA. It has been getting good reviews so far which is nice because we worked hard and spent all our allowances. Support your local record stores please, but if you cant get out download it here.
Q- “Eighth and best album from Oregon four-piece” 4 stars
Word- “Gorgeously lyrical guitar-pop from America’s Northwest”
London Sunday Times- 4 stars
The Express- 4 stars
Mail On Sunday (London)- “their finest record since 2004′s definitive Post to Wire.”
The Independent- “Alcohol, Winnebagos, freeways, motel rooms.” 4 stars
We had a great time down in Reno. John Doe and The Sadies were superb as always. Thanks everyone for coming out, especially those who made the long journeys. Now we have to put our noses to the grindstone and relearn the songs from our new album for the tour.
Here is a lame video I shot on a digi camera (next time we will borrow one made for video). On the plus side it features a song from our new record and some behind the scenes shots from the studio.
See it at our facebook.
It’s hot here in Ptown yikes! Willy made it back alive despite getting in a few drunken brawls at the Windmill. Here is a picture of us (before the black eye).
London in-store @ Pure Groove
Willy will also be doing a short 15 min instore at Pure Groove records 1:00 this Friday http://www.puregroove.co.uk/ The shop only holds about 40 people so get in early
“For Willy’s Brighton exclusive full show we will be giving out three copies of the new Fontaine album “We Used to Think the Freeway Sounded Like a River” to three lucky winners from a raffle there. This will be Willy’s only full solo show this year as the other sets will only be 30-40 mins”
Pretty sweet since normal humans can’t get the disc until August
Video and extra gig
Brad Beenders made a video for our single “You Can Move Back Here”(fast loading version)
If you want high quality and have patience to wait about 1 minute (with high speed) here is the Big Version (it took 3.5 min on my mac?)
Willy is doing another solo show. Friday after the Social he sneaks over to The Windmill in Brixton for a short set around 10ish
Willy Vlautin solo dates and new 7″ single release
Willy will be going over to the UK as well as Amsterdam and Berlin next week for some promotion as well as a few special solo shows. Willy is doing a special press night at the Social in London on July 17th and will be onstage for a short set at 8:00 playing cuts from the new album as well as talking to fans afterwards. There are only 15 tickets left to this show so pick them up quick. The show will feature the release of the brand new 7″ single “You Can Move Back Here” which is backed by the track “Now You Know It Too” which will not be on the new album. This limited edition single (500 copies only) is out via our friends at Trash Aesthetics who specialize in 7″ releases. The single will be in the shops on July 20th but you can get it at the show first. If you can’t make it to the show please pick it up at http://www.trashaesthetics.com/site/shop.html
On Saturday July 18th Willy will be doing the only full show on this mini tour in Brighton with new and old material at the Basement, doors at 8:00. The Basement, 24 Kensington St, Brighton.
We are playing a great show with John Doe and The Sadies on Aug 8th. Check out this cool poster!
Hit single coming next month
May Shows with M. Ward
Going to California to do a couple of shows with M and the band.
Fri May 15th Visalia, CA Fox Theater
Sat May 16th Oakland, CA Fox Theater
One in Eugene also
Fri May 22nd Eugene, OR McDonald Theater
Willy in Wales/ Downloads
Willy is doing some solo shows this week in Wales. If you are lucky enough to live there or just visiting, take a break from cool castles and mountains and check him out. ( Have a few Brains for us that couldn’t go.)
Le Pub (solo acoustic)
The Chattery (solo acoustic)
The Laugharne Weekend (reading with music)
Well the new one is off to mastering. It will be released at the end of summer here in North America by our new label Arena Rock Records and by our old friends Decor Records in UK/Europe. Around the same time downloads will be available here and on cdbaby itunes etc..
Seasons Greetings from the Pacific Northwest.
It’s raining here, but that doesn’t matter much as we are in the basement fine tuning the songs for the new album. We are hitting the studio in January with the help of our brothers JD Foster and Larry Crane. The songs are shaping up nicely and after JD works his magic they should be fit for human ears. We will release it sometime in ’09. Check back here for secret preview downloads.
We haven’t played live for a few months (sorry) due to work on the new one, but the drought ends at Dante’s Feb 25. Our friends Two Cow Garage are making the trip from Ohio to bring us out of hibernation.
Thanks for signing up and re-signing up for the mail list we will keep it in a vault from now on. Mailings will be few but you can always check back here for the latest news. We read the comments too although we might not do anything, keep em coming.
Amigos, our mail server burned up and we lost a few hundred names. If you got the mail we sent yesterday about A Jockey’s Christmas or if you don’t care about mail news, you are set. If not and you want to be in the loop go to our Contact page and sign up again (sorry).
If you run internet explorer browser and the contact page geeks out, run your mouse cursor over the supercloud link at the bottom and voila it works, magic! (sorry again)
A Jockey’s Christmas
Hey, Willy’s much anticipated Christmas cd is here and sounds great.
Check out our Discography page for the lowdown.
The five of us stormed the studios of kink radio here in Portland yesterday. We recorded a couple of acoustic numbers for Beth’s show Local Music Spotlight. “Capsized” will air June 18th between 9:15-9:30 pm usa pacific time, “Kid from Belmont St.” on June 19th 9:15-9:30 pm usa pacific time. You can listen worldwide on kink.fm. Here is the link for you out of towners to listen now.
Sprechen sie Deutch?
If so check out the June 2008 issue of Rolling Stone (in Germany) for an article on Willy and the band.
USA Release of NORTHLINE
Finally we get Willy’s new book in the US. NORTHLINE releases Apr 29. Here is a blurb. We will post the reading dates as they come in.
BOOKLIST: Timorous, twentysomething Allison Johnson is pregnant. She didn’t complete high school and has worked as a waitress for several years. She often gets drunk and quickly passes out and then writes herself letters that shriek her lack of worth. But her biggest fear is of Jimmy Bodie, her abusive, budding-skinhead boyfriend. So she leaves Las Vegas and moves to Reno. She gives her son up for adoption, begins waitressing again, and has imaginary conversations with actor Paul Newman that help her carry on. Vlautin uses the same strikingly spare and simple prose in Northline that distinguised his critically acclaimed first novel, The Motel Life (2007). His essential subject, decent people enduring difficult lives, also remains the same, but here he takes a giant step in his growth as a novelist, plumbing much deeper into the emotional core of his characters. Northline recalls a dust-jacket blurb on an early edition of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men : “Two hours to read, 20 years to forget.” —Thomas Gaughan
Willy Vlautin’s new novel, NORTHLINE is now available in the UK and Ireland. Published by Faber and Faber, the first edition comes with an instrumental CD soundtrack (composed and performed by Willy and Paul Brainard). Order early before it sells out.
Fans in the UK and Ireland can purchase NORTHLINE on www.decorrecords.com. We are also offering a special discount on THE MOTEL LIFE, Willy’s debut novel.
NORTHLINE is getting rave reviews across England, with a 5-star review in Uncut and features in The Observer and The Times. Writers such as George Pelecanos and Tom Franklin are singing its praises already.
See a video for DOC HOLIDAYS from the NORTHLINE soundtrack on www.willyvlautin.com.
Willy and pedal steel player Paul Brainard will be heading out on the road for a mixture of spoken word and acoustic gigs in support of NORTHLINE.