FAREWELL, CHAD FONTAINE!
May Your Banjo Be With You!
Chad Fontaine (1986-2016) was a wonderful songwriter with a rich, deep, masculine voice and with a style of singing that was natural, never forced. It sounded so normal while it was entirely unique. His lyrics talked about small life events, but contained windows through which you could see complex emotional landscapes and social context. Chad never faked in his art, every word and every sound he made had its coverage in his own pain and fun of living,.
He never wanted to be this or that, just to be Chad. And he was great in being Chad. At the moment, his music belongs to folk punk genre, but at the same time it spills out of that container, there is something classic in it. It is plugged into a lasting tradition of North-American traveling troubadours who never had a mortgage but they own a piece of heaven.
Thank you for everything, Chad! I hope there is a train where you are now and that you are on it with your dog Budrick and some other pals. You are picking your banjo and you are not sure if you should laugh or cry while looking at our sorrow.
Condolences to your family and friends.
Condolences to your fans from United States, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Austria, Mexico, Sweden, Australia, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Finland, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Estonia, Russia, Denmark, France, Belgium, Poland, New Zealand, Brazil, Norway, Israel, Croatia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Italy, Romania, Greece, Venezuela, Ireland, Aland Islands, Chile, Hungary, Serbia, Philippines, South Africa, Slovakia, Paraguay, Colombia, Latvia, Turkey, Argentina, Singapore, Ukraine, Morocco, Japan, South Korea, Micronesia, Belarus, Peru, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Nepal, Indonesia, Moldova, Kazakhstan…
THANK YOU, BUDDY!
THE ROAD GOES FOREVER!