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Mekons founder Jon Langford is no stranger to side ventures and collaborations, and after dabbling with his stalwart Brit-punk band in early American roots music, he began immersing himself in that particular tradition with projects such as the Waco Brothers and Pine Valley Cosmonauts. His second solo outing, All The Fame of Lofty Deeds kicks up the cowpunk dust with a bit more gusto than his first, and continues his curious poking into the dark underbelly of post-war America. A piano tinkles as if in a country-western weeper on “The Country is Young,” and rollicks as if in a saloon on “Over the Cliff,” while dobros and mandolins pretty things up on tracks like “Last Fair Deal” and the Bo Diddley-flavored “Living A Lie.”  “Hard Times” evokes Johnny Cash in more than its guitar-twang, and the first-person laments of Hank Williams in “Nashville Radio” tell the story of many a wayward musician, heading for a tragic end. It’s a blessing that British ex-pat Langford has taken such pleasure in American music, and that he shares his passion so generously.

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Born: 1958 in Newport, Wales

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

There's a jolly absurdity in that one of the most important figures on the independent Americana scene and one of the most prolific figures in Chicago's musical community is a guy from Wales who helped found an enduring U.K. punk outfit. But since the mid-'80s, Jon Langford has been a key figure in the nexus between country and punk rock, as well as a vital collaborator with a wealth of musicians from around the world. Jonathan Denis Langford was born in Newport, Wales on October 11, 1957. From...
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