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Willy Vlautin

Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Willy Vlautin started playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager and quickly became immersed in music. It was a Paul Kelly song, based on Raymond Carver’s Too Much Water So Close to Home, that inspired him to start writing stories. Vlautin has published five novels, including The Motel Life, Northline, Lean on Pete, and The Free, and Don’t Skip Out on Me.

Vlautin founded the band Richmond Fontaine in 1994. The band produced eleven studio albums, plus a handful of live recordings and EPs. Driven by Vlautin’s dark, storylike songwriting, the band, now retired, achieved critical acclaim at home and across the UK and Europe. In 2014 Vlautin formed the Delines with singer Amy Boone (Damnations) and released their first album, Colfax.

Vlautin currently resides in Scappoose, Oregon.