Richmond Fontaine Inks w/Arena Rock for New LP

 

We loves us some Willy Vlautin ‘round these here Blurt parts…

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Richmond Fontaine have
signed to the Arena Rock Recording Company and are set to release their eighth
album, We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River, October 13th
The 14-track album was produced by JD Foster (Dwight Yoakam, Calexico) and
engineered by Larry Crane (Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney) at Crane’s celebrated
Jackpot Studios in the band’s hometown of Portland,
OR.

 

A long-time critics’
favorite, the band have been consistently showered with overwhelming praise
throughout the years, specifically in the UK.  The Independent  stated
that singer/songwriter Willy Vlautin was “nothing less than the Dylan of the
dislocated,” while UNCUT Magazine exclaimed that 2007’s Thirteen Cities was
“mind blowing…absolute perfection” and 2004’s Post to Wire was “without
a doubt, the best album of the decade.”  With We Used To Think The
Freeway Sounded Like A River
, the band is reaching beyond the “Kings of
Americana” tag given by the magazine in 2005 and finds the band at their peak
both artistically and commercially.  Their sound has continued its
decade-long evolution and is now fully realized, delivering their most
interesting and accomplished musical performances to date.  UNCUT recently
validated this with a perfect 5 out of 5 star review of the new album,
describing it as “raw, autobiographical brilliance,” while Q magazine mirrored
the acclaim with a 4 out of 5 star rating. 

 

The birth of We Used To
Think
… began at the tail end of a year-long tour in 2007 supporting the
band’s Thirteen Cities album.  Two days before he was scheduled to
return home, Vlautin’s mother suddenly passed away, prompting the road-weary
band to take a year’s sabbatical.  After two months holed up at his home
in rural Oregon
and deep into an inspired writing streak, Vlautin was bucked off his horse and
forced to spend months nursing a badly broken arm.  After finally being
able to get back to writing, Vlautin emerged a year later with a new novel, Lean
on Pete
(to be released in 2010 via Harper Perennial) and twenty songs
about love, heartache and loss that were paired down for the final
record.  

 

In addition to being the
songwriter and front man of Richmond Fontaine, Willy Vlautin is a
critically-acclaimed novelist.  He is the author of The Motel Life (2006) and Northline (2008 – reviewed HERE by Blurt), both published by Harper Perennial in
the US and Faber & Faber
in the UK. 
Movie rights to both novels have been optioned with Oscar-nominated
screenwriter and award-winning director Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) slated to adapt and direct Northline

 

The core of the band remains
Willy Vlautin (vocals, guitars), Sean Oldham (drums, vocals), Dave Harding
(bass), and Dan Eccles (guitars).  For the recording sessions, the band
also brought in family members and friends Collin Oldham (cello, cellomobo),
Paul Brainard (pedal steel, trumpet), and Ralph Huntley (piano). 

 

 

Track Listing:

 

1. We Used To Think The
Freeway Sounded Like A River

2. Northwest

3. You Can Move Back Here

4. The Boyfriends

5. The Pull

6. Sitting Outside My Dad’s
Old House

7. Maybe We Were Both Born
Blue

8. Watch Out

9. 43

10. Lonnie

11. Ruby and Lou

12. Walking Back To Our
Place at 3am

13. Two Alone

14. A Letter To The Patron
Saint of Nurses

 

 

 

 

 

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