Willy Vlautin and Richmond Fontaine guitar player Dan Eccles return to Ireland for a couple of dates in March. Willy and Dan will play music and Willy will read from Lean on Pete his newly published third novel. The lads will be in Whelan's for two shows on March 13 (7pm and 10pm).
Willy has been a guest on the radio show twice in the last couple of years. He first came on in May 2006 a few months after The Fitzgerald was released. Richmond Fontaine played a great gig in Whelan's that night, the version of Black Road they played was brilliant. The gig was also memorable for the band's great tribute to Dead Moon - the Oregon band had decided to call it a day that year after almost 20 years on the road. That night Richmond Fontaine were supported by Ian Moore who played a memorable set from his album Luminaria. At the merch stand after the gig Ian Moore chatted for ages to an American friend of ours from Mississippi about their Hurricane Katrina experiences - he was a cool guy.
The second time Willy was on the programme was in 2007 when Thirteen Cities was released. This time around The Motel Life had been published and Willy was absolutely thrilled with the novel's reception. In that interview Willy talked at length about recording with the producer JD Foster in Tucson, Arizona and his love of Calexico. Since then his second novel Northline has been published, again to critical acclaim.