Saturday 13 January 2024

You Can't Go Back If There's Nothing to Go Back To

I wrote yesterday about Lean on Pete: one of the most moving books I've ever read. Its author, Willy Vlautin, also doubles up as songwriter and front man with Richmond Fontaine. After twenty odd years together the Portland Oregon band called it a day in 2016 leaving behind them a slew of great albums. I've come to the party real late (purely on the back of Lean on Pete), so have got a shed load of catching up to do.

This is a great song. And the version of it I've chosen (below) is a very stripped back affair (how I generally like my alt. country) with just Vlautin and his fellow guitarist Dan Eccles. Hopefully it will whet your appetite and inspire you to dip into their back catalogue.  

Richmond Fontaine - Don't Skip Out on Me (2016)


  1. I have his 2018 novel with the same name as the song in a big pile of books bought in charity shops that I haven't got round to reading yet. Inspired by this and your previous post it is going straight to the top of the pile.

    1. Only heard his songs
      Still to read his books.
      Check your in-box!

    2. Ernie - Lean on Pete was a joy to read. It really was.

      CC - Thanks for your email. I'm really looking fwd to deep diving into his back catalogue.