Jon Langford

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Jon Langford is a Welsh-born musician and artist, presently based in Chicago. 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. 

Langford is also a prolific and respected visual artist best known for his striking portraits of country music icons, including “Dylan/Cash and the Nashville Cats” for the Country Music Hall of Fame. 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 and has contributed to “This American Life.” “Nashville Radio,” a collection of his artwork and writings, was published in 2006.