Portland 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
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
Vlautin books at Powells dot com