Well it would appear that Richmond Fontaine are due to grace these shores again, but probably not until at least September / October so understandably the fans are waiting to see them play again.
What is unusual about their visits can be seen on their merchandise table, among the usual CD’s and T-Shirts of all sizes and colours can be found neat piles of books that audiences are more than happy to buy, then again when the bands front man happens to be critically acclaimed author Willy Vlautin, with three novels under his belt one of which could be destined for Hollywood you will understand why that is. On their last visit to Tingewick nr Buckingham I can remember people queuing up to get their books signed, just as much as the CD’s and he was happy to talk about the characters from his novels like Lean on Pete, Northline and The Motel Life.
I believe Willie will be doing a short duo tour during the summer but it’s still 7 months to go before a possible full band tour of the UK. In the meantime you can listen to and even download a short story read by Willie Vlautin with familiar characters from the book Lean on Pete, like 15-year-old Charley Thompson, the son of a single father who is often away working and leaving Charlie to make his own way in life. He takes a job at the local race track stables, where he befriends Lonnie Dixon and becomes a companion of an old horse called Lean on Pete. There is also a haunting soundtrack played by the band – Sit back, close your eyes and enjoy.
And lets hope any possible tour brings them to the area, I’m sure to let you know.