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Colfax is named after the longest main street in the US, Denver’s Colfax Avenue, a 26-mile long thoroughfare with a seedy reputation. This is the setting for an evocative set of songs by The Delines, a new band featuring novelist and Richmond Fontaine frontman Willy Vlautin.
He’s written the songs but Amy Boone sings them, investing Vlautin’s middle-aged strugglers and drunks with a sweet ache, pleading “I won’t slip up” or “Please come back tonight” as though crooning softly to herself.
Meanwhile The Delines live up to their name: the house band in a late-night bar playing a meandering, atmospheric variety of country-soul, all pedal steel guitar, eddying organ and quiet drums.