Richmond Fontaine

Richmond Fontaine

Infobox musical artist
Name = Richmond Fontaine

Img_capt =
Img_size =
Landscape =
Background = group_or_band
Alias =
Origin = Portland, Oregon, nowrap|United States
Genre = Alternative country
Years_active = 1994–present
Label =
Associated_acts =
URL = []
Current_members =
Past_members =

Richmond Fontaine is a four-piece alternative country band based in Portland, Oregon, United States.


The band was formed in 1994. Richmond Fontaine first started out touring the Pacific Northwest live circuit on the back of their first three albums released on Cavity Search Records. They have worked with a variety of musicians and a few labels over their career.

Their first exposures abroad were a song on a Loose Records compilation [ Interview: Richmond Fontaine (Willy Vlautin) by Stav Sherez ] ] in the UK and the band's self-released fourth album, "Winnemucca", which garnered attention outside of the U.S. The band signed with Decor Records in Europe during 2003. Their next two releases proved pivotal and received "Albums of the Month" in "Uncut", which named both their fifth studio album "Post to Wire" (2004) and sixth "The Fitzgerald" (2005) "masterpieces". [ [ Richmond Fontaine - ] ] [ Richmond Fontaine - Thirteen Cities - Review - ] ] U.S. critics have been generally complimentary but have also cited the band's musical similarity to Uncle Tupelo. [ [ St. Louis - Music - Richmond Fontaine ] ] [ [ Richmond Fontaine: Lost Son: Pitchfork Record Review ] ] Like many bands in their genre past and present such as Willard Grant Conspiracy, The Gun Club, and Green on Red, Richmond Fontaine are more popular abroad than in their own country. [ [ Richmond Fontaine ] ]

Richmond Fontaine songs consistently evoke lyrical imagery of Reno, Nevada, Portland, the Western United States and Mexico while telling stories in a style that critics have compared to Raymond Carver. [] [] [ [ allmusic ((( Miles From > Overview ))) ] ] Musically the group has cited influences such as Gram Parsons, X, Green on Red [ [ Richmond Fontaine: Lost Son -Ink Blot Magazine ] ] and Dave Alvin. [ [ Willy Vlautin interview on the official website of writer, Laura Hird ] ]

Lead Singer and songwriter Willy Vlautin is also a published writer. His first novel, "The Motel Life" was published in 2006, which was followed up by a second novel, "Northline", in 2008. "Northline" included a soundtrack CD by Williy Vlautin and Paul Brainard. The novel was well-reviewed by George Pelecanos. Vlautin has also had stories published in literary journals such as "Zembla", "Cold Drill", "Southeast Review", and "Chiron Review".

The band's most recent album, "Thirteen Cities", is receiving positive reviews across Europe.

Current band line-up

*Willy Vlautin: vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars
*Dave Harding: Bass guitar, Electric Guitars, Vocals
*Sean Oldham: drums, percussion, Vibes, vocals
*Dan Eccles: Guitar
*Paul Brainard: Pedal Steel, Piano, Vibes, Acoustic Guitar, vocals


*"Safety" (1996)
*"Miles From" (1997)
*"Lost Son" (1999)
*"Winnemucca" (2002)
*"Post to Wire" (2004)
*"The Fitzgerald" (2005)
*"Obliteration by Time" (2006)
*"Thirteen Cities" (2007)


External links

* [ Richmond Fontaine] (official website)
* [ Video of live Richmond Fontaine show]
* [ Short review of "Thirteen Cities"] on The Wheel's Still In Spin
* [ Richmond Fontaine Myspace Page]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Richmond Fontaine — Chartplatzierungen Erklärung der Daten Alben[1] We Used to Think the Freeway Sounded Like a River   UK …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Richmond East — is a provincial electoral district for the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Canada. Demographics Geography History Member of Legislative Assembly Its MLA is Hon. Linda Reid, a former teacher. She was first elected in 1991 and represents… …   Wikipedia

  • Richmond (Virginie) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Richmond. Richmond …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Matthew Fontaine Maury — Matthew Fontaine Maury, USN Matthew Fontaine Maury (January 14, 1806 – February 1, 1873), United States Navy was an American astronomer, historian, oceanographer, meteorologist, cartographer, author, geologist, and educator. He was nicknamed …   Wikipedia

  • Neighborhoods of Richmond, Virginia — Main article: Richmond, Virginia This article is about the various neighborhoods and districts in the Greater Richmond, Virginia area. Note that this article is an attempt to be inclusive of the broader definitions of the areas which are often… …   Wikipedia

  • Matthew Fontaine Maury — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Maury. Matthew Fontaine Maury Naissance 14 janvier 1806 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Matthew Fontaine Maury — Matthew Fontaine Maury, Lithographie von Rudolf Hoffmann, 1857 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Nonzero Records — Founded 2001 Founder Nick Carr Distributor(s) Shock Records Genre Various Country of origin Australia …   Wikipedia

  • Luther Russell — (born 1970) has been putting out records since 1991, initially as lead singer/songwriter of his old band, The Freewheelers, who made two albums for DGC and American, respectively. He then went solo, starting with Lowdown World (1997), Down At Kit …   Wikipedia

  • Rockdelux — Logo de Rockdelux. Rockdelux est une revue musicale espagnole, spécialisée dans l étude des nouvelles tendances du pop rock alternatif et indépendant et de la musique électronique. Sommaire …   Wikipédia en Français

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.