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  1. #1
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    Willy Vlautin fans?

    I just found out about him a few weeks ago. Started with reading his book on a plane, 'Motel Life'. His band, Richmond Fontaine, has 12 albums, so I haven't heard them all yet. I haven't seen the movie 'Motel Life' yet or read his other 4 books.
    They are broken up, but anyone seen them, live? What makes me interested though is how prolific he is. Somewhat like Henry Rollins he's definitely not the best singer or writer but he puts a lot of shit out. That's impressive. His band is alt-country, which is not something I like, but some of his albums have some rock to them: Winnemucca, Thirteen Cities, The High Country and We Used to Think the Freeway Sounded Like a River - which are great. Not anything like a Bob Dylan great, but something else that I can't yet explain.

    Either I'm mansplaining him to who everyone has heard of or possibly I'm not the only one who didn't know who the hell he is? I'm still trying to figure him out, he is intriguing so far, not sure what he's really about yet. Anyone else know?

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    Read Motel Life more than a decade ago. Loved it.
    Saw him do a reading and playing acoustic at a cafe in San Francisco around the time ML was released in paperback (dug up my copy and he actually dated his autograph, so I met him on 6/27/07 ).
    I, too, have not seen the film. Nor have I explored his music.
    Years ago he did a reading and screening of Motel Life in Fallon, NV. Friends of mine who live in Reno went because I had given them the book years before and they had dug it. Only thing is they neglected to call me about the gig! They did meet WV, told him how I had turned them on to him, and got me an autographed copy of his novel The Free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
    Read Motel Life more than a decade ago. Loved it.
    Saw him do a reading and playing acoustic at a cafe in San Francisco around the time ML was released in paperback (dug up my copy and he actually dated his autograph, so I met him on 6/27/07 ).
    I, too, have not seen the film. Nor have I explored his music.
    Years ago he did a reading and screening of Motel Life in Fallon, NV. Friends of mine who live in Reno went because I had given them the book years before and they had dug it. Only thing is they neglected to call me about the gig! They did meet WV, told him how I had turned them on to him, and got me an autographed copy of his novel The Free.
    That's cool, and I'm surprised no one else here has heard of him. But of course you have of anyone here!

    Here's a funny song by him


    Champion of the average broke America man, unapologetic alcoholic, and a good storyteller of simple people down on their luck is how I'd describe him.

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