The last few times Richmond Fontaine played for Empty Room Promotions was last year at The Bullingdon and the 2010 sell out at Tingewick Village Hall, both with the full band. So I was not too sure how they would come over as a duo, lead singer / songwriter Willy Vlautin and guitarist Dan Eccles, well there was nothing to worry about here. By Willy’s own omission his song can often be dark and depressing, though always with a great narrative, I guess this is why he’s also a successful novel writer too. The breaks between song did allow Willy to tell some much lighter anecdotes of touring, people back home and living with band members, while Dan’s guitar playing and use of feedback really evoke the full band sound we all know. Not only did they dip into their current CD High Country they played many tracks from the past not often played with the band, including a song Don’t Go Back There, which although never originally recorded, but will soon be released on a re packaged album. So the hour and 40 minutes soon flew by.
Support for the evening was from Danny George Wilson from Danny and the Champions of the World. This was Danny’s third visit to Empty Rooms in 5 months and we joked he’ll soon be classed as our resident singer, still we have no problem with this and whether playing in a band or solo Danny, put on a great show, also to his credit he did finish off with one of my favourites These Days.
So a great evening in the company of three real gentlemen who are always welcome back.