Inspired by Los Angeles' cowpunks of the 1980s,
Richmond Fontaine, a band fronted by literate singer-songwriter Willy Vlautin,
released collections of simple country-rock ballads such as
Miles From (1997) and
Lost Son (1999). The transitional Winemucca (2001) began to
mellow down the music towards a folkier style.
Then came Post To Wire (2004) and
The Fitzgerald (2005), arguably their best albums, although a lot less
Willy Vlautin's first novel "The Motel Life" was published in 2006),
Thirteen Cities (2007) and
We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River (2009) continued
Vlautin's calm fresco of losers and loners, but with somewhat weaker musical focus.
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