Jon Langford (2)

Real Name:
Jonathan Dennis Langford
Profile:
Jon Langford born October 11, 1957, Newport, Monmouthshire is a Welsh-born musician and artist who is presently based in Chicago. He is the younger brother of science-fiction author and critic David Langford

Langford was originally the drummer for the punk band The Mekons when it formed at the University of Leeds in 1977, but he later took up the guitar as other band members left. Since the mid-1980s he has been one of the leaders in incorporating folk and country music into punk rock. He has released a number of solo recordings as well as recordings with other bands outside of The Mekons, most notably the Waco Brothers, which he co-founded after moving to Chicago in the early 1990s. He is involved with the Chicago-based independent record label, Bloodshot.

Langford is also a prolific and respected visual artist best known for his striking portraits of country music icons including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley. His multimedia music/spoken-word/video performance, “The Executioner’s Last Songs,” premiered at Alverno College in 2005, and has been performed in several other cities. He illustrated the comic strip Great Pop Things under the pseudonym Chuck Death. Since 2005 he has co-hosted a weekly radio program, “The Eclectic Company,” broadcast on WXRT 93.1 FM in Chicago. He has contributed to This American Life.

Among Langford’s musical side projects have been the Three Johns (with John Hyatt and John (Phillip) Brennan), who released several albums of drum-machine-fueled punk in the 1980s; the country-punk Waco Brothers (with Dean Schlabowske, Tracey Dear, Alan Doughty, Mark Durante, and Mekons drummer Steve Goulding), who have been recording since 1995; the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, a revolving assortment of Chicago musicians who have backed both Langford and other musicians such as Kelly Hogan; and Ship and Pilot. He became a father figure to the local music scene, encouraging many of his labelmates on Bloodshot Records and championing anyone he thought worthy of scrutiny, often lending his services as a musician or visual artist or inviting local musicians to guest on his releases. Langford’s first official solo album, Skull Orchard, a look back at his hometown of Newport, Wales, was released in 1998. He followed it with All the Fame of Lofty Deeds, in 2004, Gold Brick in 2006, and Old Devils in 2010.

Langford is an accomplished artist and is renowned for his multi-layered paintings of famous and forgotten figures from the dawn of country music. Nashville Radio, a collection of his artwork and writings, was published in 2006.

In January and February 2009, Chicago’s Walkabout Theater Company and Collaboraction premiered a stage adaptation of Langford’s Goldbrick that featured a live band, two actors and video projections. In November and December 2009, The House Theatre of Chicago staged a production of “All the Fame of Lofty Deeds”, written by rock journalist Mark Guarino and based on Langford’s art and 2004 solo album.
Collaborations with other musicians

Langford initiated a project, the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, which performs the music of other country music groups. Several alternative country musicians have guested on these recordings.

Langford has guested on numerous recordings, including with Dutch punk band the Ex, The Old 97s, Chip Taylor, as well as Austin, Texas legend Alejandro Escovedo, and has recorded joint albums with Sally Timms, Kevin Coyne, Richard Buckner, Kat Ex and Rosie Flores.
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Jon Langford (2) Discography Tracks

Albums

Jonboy Langford* and The Pine Valley Cosmonauts Jonboy Langford* and The Pine Valley Cosmonauts - Misery Loves Company (Album) Scout Releases Germany 1994 Sell This Version
sf 006 Jon Langford (2) Skull Orchard(CD, Album) Sugar Free Records sf 006 US 1997 Sell This Version
Sally Timms And Jon Langford (2) Sally Timms And Jon Langford (2) - Songs Of False Hope And High Values (Album) Bloodshot Records US 2000 Sell This Version
BS 074 Jon Langford (2) And The Pine Valley Cosmonauts Jon Langford (2) And The Pine Valley Cosmonauts - The Executioner's Last Songs Volume 1(CD, Album) Bloodshot Records BS 074 US 2002 Sell This Version
BS 092 Jon Langford (2) And His Sadies* Jon Langford (2) And His Sadies* - Mayors Of The Moon(CD, Album) Bloodshot Records BS 092 US 2002 Sell This Version
BS 108 Jon Langford (2) All The Fame Of Lofty Deeds(CD, Album) Bloodshot Records BS 108 US 2004 Sell This Version
Richard Buckner & Jon Langford (2) Richard Buckner & Jon Langford (2) - Sir Dark Invader Vs. The Fanglord (Album) Fargo Records France 2005 Sell This Version
SPINNEY006CD Kevin Coyne With Jon Langford (2) & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts Kevin Coyne With Jon Langford (2) & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts - One Day In Chicago(CD, Album) Spinney Records, Buried Treasure Records, Turpentine Records SPINNEY006CD UK & Europe 2005 Sell This Version
RUSCD 8296 Jon Langford (2) Gold Brick(CD, Album) ROIR (Reachout International Records) RUSCD 8296 US 2006 Sell This Version
none Jon Langford (2) The Nashville Radio Companion Earwig(CD, Album, Wit) Not On Label none US 2006 Sell This Version
Jon Langford (2) & Skull Orchard Jon Langford (2) & Skull Orchard - Old Devils (Album) Bloodshot Records US 2010 Sell This Version
BSCD706 Jon Langford (2) With the Burlington Welsh Male Choir* Jon Langford (2) With the Burlington Welsh Male Choir* - Skull Orchard Revisited(CD, Album) Bloodshot Records BSCD706 US 2011 Sell This Version
Skull Orchard, Jon Langford (2) Skull Orchard, Jon Langford (2) - Here Be Monsters (Album) In De Goot Recordings US 2014 Sell This Version
CMRO 15LP Jon Langford (2) & His Men Of Gwent Jon Langford (2) & His Men Of Gwent - The Legend Of LL(LP, Album) Country Mile Records CMRO 15LP UK 2015 Sell This Version
Jon Langford (2) Four Lost Souls (Album) Bloodshot Records US 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

BS 201 Jon Langford (2), Skull Orchard Jon Langford (2), Skull Orchard - Drone Operator(7", Single) Bloodshot Records BS 201 US 2012 Sell This Version
IDGR14LP-002 Jon Langford (2) & Skull Orchard Jon Langford (2) & Skull Orchard - Days And Nights(7", Single, Ltd) In De Goot Recordings IDGR14LP-002 USA & Canada 2014 Sell This Version
PICI-0010-7 Martin Bramah, Jon Langford (2) Martin Bramah, Jon Langford (2) - Worm In Your Ear / Stone Tumbling Stream (fast version)(7", Single, Ltd) Tiny Global Productions PICI-0010-7 Hungary 2018 Sell This Version

Compilations

Jon Langford (2) And The Pine Valley Cosmonauts Jon Langford (2) And The Pine Valley Cosmonauts - The Executioner's Last Songs • Vol. 2 + 3 (Comp) Bloodshot Records Spain 2003 Sell This Version

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