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 Homethat inspired him to start writing stories. Vlautin has published four novels: The Motel Life (2007), Northline (2008), Lean on Pete (2010), and The Free (2014). His fifth, Don’t Skip Out on Me, is due out in February 2018. 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, story-like songwriting, the band, now retired, achieved critical acclaim at home and across the United Kingdom and Europe.


ARTICLES FEATURING WILLY

Patron Saint of the Underdog

For Vlautin and his characters, part of the awfulness of freedom is that there are things humans can never be free from....

Patron Saint of the Underdog


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