A rare solo performance by Willy Vlautin, lead singer and songwriter of Portland-based Americana/ country band Richmond Fontaine. The set will draw on his band’s extensive back catalogue, including material from last year’s acclaimed album We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like a River, which Uncut magazine described as “raw, autobiographical brilliance” and saw the band move further into the mainstream consciousness.
Aside from his work with Richmond Fontaine, Vlautin has drawn great acclaim for three novels that have drawn comparisons to Raymond Carver and Charles Bukowski. His third, Lean on Pete, is about a young boy trying to make his own way in a harsh world, but is filled with the hope that courses through his music and writing.
“All around, Willy Vlautin is becoming one of America’s most fundamental artists in words and music.”
– Mojo Magazine
“A fabulous addition to the all-too-slim canon of passionate, literary rock ‘n’ roll”
– The Guardian
Opening with a short reading from his new novel Lean On Pete, Willy then played a couple of songs that were the genesis of the book, before an hour of stripped-bare interpretations of music spanning his career with Richmond Fontaine and a generous encore of audience requests.
Playlist: ‘Between The Bands’
All the songs we played during the night:
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The Acorn – Crooked Legs
Giant Sand – Without A Word
The National – Start A War
Bon Iver – For Emma
Johnny Cash – Girl From The North Country
Frank Fairfield – Call Me A Dog When I’m Gone
AA Bondy – I Can See The Pines Are Dancing
Willy Vlautin & Paul Brainard – Northline*
Calexico – Two Silver Trees
Lambchop – Your Fucking Sunny Day*
Woodenbox With A Fistful Of Fivers – Hang The Noose
Magnolia Electric Co. – The Dark Don’t Hide It
The Replacements – Left Of The Dial
Bruce Springsteen – Open All Night
Silver Jews – Strange Victory, Strange Defeat*
Wilco – War on War
Damien Jurado – Gillian Was A Horse
Smog – Held*
Richmond Fontaine – Walking Back To Our Place At 3 A.M.
Whiskeytown – Yesterday’s News – Album Version (Baseball Park Sessions)
My Morning Jacket – Lowdown*
M. Ward – Chinese Translation
Cass McCombs – That’s That
Sun Kil Moon – Neverending Math Equation
(* = not on Spotify)
Youtube: Lean On Pete Promo Video
Birmingham’s Mellow Peaches are a young duo who’ve immersed themselves in timeless American roots music, offering a take on blues and folk that is musically accomplished without ever being showy. Slide guitars and banjos are prevalent, along with a stompboard – a percussive plank of wood with bottlecaps nailed to it. I reckon you’ll be tapping your foot in time a few seconds into their first number.
John Bright Street, Birmingham, B1 1BN. 0121 6339439
A recently refurbished Victorian theatre pub, The Victoria has been home to Colour since Spring 2009. Offering a wide range of cask ales and cocktails, its upstairs lounge is the perfect performance space for intimate live music shows.