April 30th, 2008 5:33 pm | by LocalCut News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Richmond Fontaine's Willy Vlautin on NY Times Book Blog

willy on nytPortland roots/folk/country/pop outfit Richmond Fontaine's Willy Vlautin popped up on the New York Times book blog ("Paper Cuts," which is probably a registered trademark, much to our dismay) today. The frontman/author was tapped for the Times' weekly feature, Living With Music, in which he selects ten songs that inspired the writing of his new book, Northline. Can't say the selections aren't in step with the Americana of RF or rural American images in his writing: Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and X are all in the mix. But those enthralled with Vlautin's latest written effort should definitely peep the playlist, as it would seem an invaluable companion piece to the book (which I now know I must read).

For a little context, last week's Living With Music guest was the decidedly less hip Pico Iyer, author of The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, who made a middle-aged playlist for a non-denominational funeral). I dunno, Green Day and Leonard Cohen don't really mix...until you have kids, I guess.

Vlautin's number nine (my personal favorite, and not just because it reminds me of a How I Met Your Mother episode):

9) Billy, Bob Dylan. A few years ago I bought a 1982 Honda Civic for $50. I got it running and it kept running for years. It even had a CD player. The only problem was I put in “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid,” and it took the CD but never gave it back. So if I wanted music this one was it. Thank God it's a great driving record and the main theme, Billy, instantly transports you to the desert. I liked this record so much that I even bought another copy so I could play it at home.

Read the whole playlist here

Richmond Fontaine
Vlautin books at Powells dot com
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