Richmond Fontaine : Post To Wire bonus tracks.

What can I say about this album? It’s simply one of my favourite albums. I’d take it to a desert island.

We’ve released the last two Richmond Fontaine albums on LP and it’s been amazing to work with one of my favourite bands on these. When the chance to put out Post To Wire arose, I grabbed it with both hands. When singer Willy Vlautin told me that he had two songs that were recorded in the album sessions that never made it but needed a home, I was overjoyed. – Matt Jarrett, Diverse Records.

Those two songs are included on a 7″ with the album and can also be downloaded using the code provided. Here’s what Willy said about the tracks:

Don’t Go Back There

Don’t Go Back There has always been one of my favorite Richmond Fontaine songs. To be honest I can’t remember exactly why it didn’t make Post to Wire, but it was recorded in the same sessions. We were going for a big country soul feel. Paul’s intro pedal steel line still kills me, and there’s a desperate urgency to the lyrics I’ve always liked. It’s a song we always come back to and I’m happier than hell it’s finally found a home.

The Alibi

In the old days we used to play a couple of pedal steel instrumentals at every gig. One was called Hector’s Hideaway – Hector being the patron saint of Richmond Fontaine. The other was The Alibi. The Alibi is an old school Tiki bar in our home town of Portland. During that time (2003) Paul and I were spending a lot of time there. It has an amazing neon sign outside, and inside it’s so dark you need a flashlight to get around. I brought the basic melody to practice and the band put it in a flashy suit. This was also recorded during the same sessions, but in the end The Alibi felt like RF’s old country rave up side, and not like the stuff that made Post to Wire.

Post To Wire is due to me released at the end of February.

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