Post To Wire

by Richmond Fontaine

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1. The Longer you Wait
2. Barely Losing
3. Montgomery Park
4. ( Walter’s on the Lam)
5. Through
6. ( Postcard from California)
7. Two Broken Hearts
8. Hallway
9. ( Postcard Written with a Broken Hand )
10. Post to Wire
11. Polaroid
12. Always on the Ride
13. ( Postcard Postmarked Phoenix, AZ)
14. Allison Johnson
15. Willamette
16. Valediction

Post to wire is a horse racing term describing when a horse holds the lead from the beginning of a race until the end. On Post To Wire, Richmond Fontaine's 5th studio record, the listener is guaranteed winning results from start to finish.

Working again with engineer Larry Crane at his Jackpot! Studios {Quasi, Sleater-Kinney, Elliott Smith}, the band teamed up with producer JD Foster {Richard Buckner, Marc Ribot, Damnations, Dwight Yokum} to create the most finely distilled album of their 9 year career.

Picking up where 2002's beautiful Winnemucca left off, the acoustic underpinnings of "The Longer You Wait" kicks off Post To Wire with the tale of a couple on a late night car ride through the Nevada desert. From there the album visits the melodic power crunch of "Montgomery Park", the stately rock of "Through", the dark lurch of "Hallway", the grand optimistic folk-rock of "Polaroid", the swampy nightmare of "Willamette", and lastly, the wistful melancholy of the instrumental ballad "Valediction".

Interspersed among these and the other fine songs on the record are the touching 'postcards' of one Walter Denny.

On the title track of Post To Wire, Richmond Fontaine pull off something they have never done before: a duet. Lead vocalist Willy Vlautin exchanges verses with the gutsy voiced Deborah Kelly of the Damnations on an ultra catchy little number reminiscent of the golden days of Motown. Elsewhere on the album, the band is ably assisted by guitarist Ian Moore, keyboardist Rich Landar, and cellist Skip Von Kuske.

One of the country's best songwriters, Willy Vlautin finds new ways to shine nuances into every song. His writing gains new confidence with every verse. His vision is put to life by the other members of Richmond Fontaine: Paul Brainard on pedal steel guitar, Dave Harding on bass and Sean Oldham on drums.

From the laid back pop of "Barely Losing" to the acoustic pull of "Always on the Ride", Post To Wire feels like the culmination of Richmond Fontaine's rootsy past, and with the help of producer JD Foster, a step into an even brighter future. This is a ride you're gonna like. A true winner, from Post To Wire.


released July 7, 2003


* Dave Harding: Bass, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Vocals
* Sean Oldham: Drums, Percussion, Vibes, Vocals
* Paul Brainard: Pedal Steel, Piano, Vibes, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
* Willy Vlautin: Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars

Recorded At: Jackpot Studios, Portland, OR
Engineered By: Larry Crane
Produced By: JD Foster
Mastered By: Jeff Saltzman


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Richmond Fontaine was formed in 1994 at Portland Meadows racetrack in Portland, Oregon as songwriter/vocalist Willy Vlautin and bassist Dave Harding pored over the racing form and talked music between races. The two took their mutual love of Husker Du, Willie Nelson, X, The Blasters, and The Replacements and started playing music together. ... more

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