Will Vlautin is a busy man – his main band Richmond Fontaine have released 10 albums of dark modern country, and he has also written 4 novels.
The latest, The Free, has just been published to great acclaim, and a previous work (Motel Life) has just been made into a film. All his work is based on classic tales of working class American society, with heartbreak, hardship but always with moments of great tenderness and some glimmers oh light and hope. His latest project, The Delines, is built around the Richmond Fontaine backing singer Amy Boone with her world weary smoky vocals over a backing of nocturnal country soul – Amy has a great weariness to her voice that is half beat-up and half beautiful. Imagine the aural equivalent of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks painting, or the soundtrack to Francis Ford Coppola’s One From the Heart and you will be close.