Thirteen Cities

by Richmond Fontaine

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* 1. Intro/ The Border
* 2. Moving Back Home #2
* 3. $87 and a Guilty Conscience that Gets Worse the Longer I Go
* 4. I Fell into Painting Houses in Phoenix, Arizona
* 5. El Tiradito
* 6. A Ghost I Became
* 7. Westward Ho
* 8. St. Ides, Parked Cars and Other People”s Homes
* 9. The Kid from Belmont Street
* 10. Capsized
* 11. Ballad of Dan Fanta
* 12. The Disappearance of Ray Norton
* 13. Four Walls
* 14. Lost in this World

Thirteen Cities, Richmond Fontaine’s seventh studio recording, sees the band leave their native Portland, Oregon, for the dry desert climate of Tucson, Arizona to produce and record at Wavelab Studios. Calexico and Giant Sand, whose members contribute to Thirteen Cities, record there; as have Neko Case, Steve Wynn, and The Sadies. Their inspirations and the soul of the South West of America are found throughout the album.

Thirteen Cities follows the sparse, stripped down, “The Fitzgerald” (2005) and the alt country classic “Post To Wire” (2004). The album was produced once again by JD Foster (Calexico, Richard Buckner, Laura Cantrell), who was at the helm for the last two albums. Working with Foster and the Wavelab studios the band were finally able to get everything in place to realize their vision of a perfect album. Multi-instrumentalist Paul Brainard again steps in for pedal steel and piano and the core line up of Willy Vlautin (guitars, vocals), Sean Oldham (drums, vocals), Dave Harding (Bass) and Dan Eccles (guitars) remains.

While exploring the blurred edges of society, the music has evolved sonically and has added a diverse array of instrumentation and arrangements. Joey Burns' accordions on the stirringly beautiful instrumental “El Tiradito”, a Calexico horn section on the opener “Moving Back Home # 2”, organs, mandolins, glockenspiel, pedal steel, dobro and vibes feature across the album. The sheer range of the record, from the sparse Dylanesque of “I Fell Into Painting Houses…” to the climaxing theatrical rocker of “Four Walls”, makes Thirteen Cities the bands most ambitious album to date.


released July 7, 2007

Produced by J.D. Foster


* Dan Eccles: Guitars
* Sean Oldham: Drums
* Dave Harding: Bass
* Willy Vlautin: Guitar, Vocals
* Paul Brainard: Steel, Trumpet
* Joey Burns: Bass, Moog, Piano, Accordion
* Jacob Valenzuela: Trumpet
* Nick Luca: Guitar, Accordion, Organ, Piano
* Craig Schumacher: Harmonica
* Ralph Huntley: Piano, Accordion
* Jill Coykendall: Clarinet
* Mike Coykendall: Piano
* Howe Gelb: Piano

El Cortez Records

All songs by Richmond Fontaine Winner’s Casino Music BMI


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Richmond Fontaine Portland

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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