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Richmond Fontaine

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Portland, United States (1994 – present)

Richmond Fontaine is a four-piece alt country band based in Portland, OR.

The band was formed in 1994 by guitarist / lead vocalist Willy Vlautin and bass player Dave Harding at the Portland Meadows horse race track. Known for Vlautin’s incredibly rich and evocative lyrics, several of Richmond Fontaine’s songs relate to horse racing specifically and gambling generally. This is largely an artifact of Vlautin’s upbringing in Reno, Nevada, a place that is heavily referenced in his lyrics, along with Portland, the U.S. Western states in general and occasionally Mexico. Vlautin is also an acclaimed novelist, having written two respected books, The Motel Life and Northline. As a fiction writer, he is often compared to Raymond Carver and Charles Bukowski while his lyrical style is inspired by the narrative style of Australian artist Paul Kelly. Musically, Richmond Fontaine have cited influences such as Gram Parsons, X (U.S. band), Green on Red and Dave Alvin and they are often regarded as part of the rock alt.country movement that includes bands such as Drive-By Truckers, Slobberbone, Grand Champeen, The Damnations and others.

For reasons of touring patterns and heavy support of the high brow music press in the UK, Richmond Fontaine have been more successful in Europe than the US.

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  • rOOm-on-fire

    Une belle découverte en ce début d'année!

    3 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ritakowski

    where can i get the motel life movie?

    30 Nov 2012 Reply
  • theplasticpals

    Hey Willy! Good to see you at Debaser in Stockhol in November... All best!

    10 Jan 2012 Reply
  • ThisManWhisky

    How am I only discovering this band now? Stupid me.

    12 Nov 2011 Reply
  • danieljparsons

    Just discovered them. Love.

    21 Oct 2011 Reply
  • fastlane01

    New album sounds great

    11 Sep 2011 Reply
  • RagingRED

    Underground hip hop?

    8 Sep 2011 Reply
  • scott_sea

    And Australia? Please let it be so.

    21 Apr 2011 Reply
  • SverreBie

    New album "The High Country" to be released in September with subsequent tours in Europe and USA.

    11 Apr 2011 Reply
  • burning-flag

    <3

    15 Mar 2011 Reply
  • RagingRED

    Already want a new album!

    22 Dec 2010 Reply
  • PullDownPants

    I've only just started to listen to these guys but I'm really liking them so far. Only got there latest album so far. Favorite song without a doubt is The Boyfriends.

    18 Jul 2010 Reply
  • helmespc

    Wow, this is good.... surprised I've never heard these guys before...

    28 May 2010 Reply
  • Redeyexpress

    Right on! I got on to George Clinton and gang because of my soul bros., pack in the early 70s. Blind Willie taught me the 8 ball shot! Although, those guys would look at me kind of funny when I would play a little Merle Haggard. So I think I know where your coming from...Ah, memories! I just wish my short term was a bit better! - Happy Trails

    16 May 2010 Reply
  • scott_sea

    No Perth, Australia shows? That blows chunks!

    2 May 2010 Reply
  • likeahurricane1

    They played a great show in Utrecht. For some vids see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QNIo9HO4vM

    26 Feb 2010 Reply
  • MetalSabe

    Good stuff, like the newest album a lot.

    8 Jan 2010 Reply
  • SpazyB

    You are champions.

    21 Dec 2009 Reply
  • PaulyB52

    Not that I'm obsessed or anything, but I've seen them live 6 times and have every album, even including Whiskey, Painkillers etc. and don't understand why they are so undiscovered. But then again maybe I'm a bit smug cos I have! As I keep telling them at gigs, they should get a slot on Jools Hollands 'Later' show on the BBC.

    29 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Kacun

    Great show yesterday in Zagreb!!

    23 Oct 2009 Reply
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