A modern renaissance man, Jon Langford is not only a musician, but also a painter and comic artist. As a founding member of The Mekons, Langford was one of the leaders in incorporating folk and country music into punk rock. Over the years, 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 '90s.
He is strongly involved with the Chicago-based independent label Bloodshot Records.
Langford also runs a group called the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, a country music cover band, whose high-powered members take turns interpreting music by some of the genres' great songwriters like Johnny Cash or Bob Wills.
Jon is also a prolific and respected visual artist best known for his striking portraits of country music icons like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley. His paintings appear on bottles and other items for the Dogfish Head Brewery.