Pine Valley Cosmonauts

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Pine Valley Cosmonauts
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Alt country
Country rock
Labels Bloodshot Records
Associated acts Jon Langford

Pine Valley Cosmonauts are a musical ensemble from Chicago, Illinois.

History[edit]

The group was initiated by Jon Langford (also of the Waco Brothers and The Mekons) as a covers group, with a constantly shifting repertory and cast of backing members. The name was first used for Langford's 1995 album of Johnny Cash cover songs. In 1998, Langford enlisted the help of a number of prominent alt-country musicians (including Neko Case, Alejandro Escovedo, and Robbie Fulks) for a full-length tribute album to Bob Wills. The PVC served next as the backing band for Kelly Hogan's second album, Beneath the Country Underdog; Hogan had provided vocals on the Wills tribute. Their next LP, The Executioner's Last Songs, was released in 2002 and is a collection of songs about death. Following this record's success, the group recorded two more albums of songs about death as benefits for the Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty. These albums featured such guests as Steve Earle and Mark Eitzel. The group rarely performs live, though it occasionally does special performances in the Chicago area. In 2007 the group appeared as backing band on Chumbawamba member Danbert Nobacon's solo album The Library Book of the World, as well as playing live with Nobacon.

The PVC appeared at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Illinois on October 10, 2009. The band was originally scheduled to back Australian Aboriginal singer Roger Knox, but Knox's US visa was denied. Instead, the band played a number of Knox's songs accompanied by singer Sally Timms. A second set had the band supporting a performance of Rosie Flores.

Discography[edit]

Title Artist credit Release info Notes
Misery Loves Company: Songs of Johnny Cash Jonboy Langford & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts Re-released on Bloodshot Records, 1998
Salute the Majesty of Bob Wills The Pine Valley Cosmonauts
Beneath the Country Underdog Kelly Hogan & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
The Executioner's Last Songs, Vol. 1 The Pine Valley Cosmonauts
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
The Executioner's Last Songs, Vols. 2 & 3 The Pine Valley Cosmonauts
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
Barn Dance Favorites The Pine Valley Cosmonauts
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
One Day In Chicago Kevin Coyne with Jon Langford & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: Buried Treasure Records
The Library Book of the World Danbert Nobacon & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
Girl Of The Century The Pine Valley Cosmonauts present Rosie Flores
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
Stranger In My Land Roger Knox & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Bloodshot Records

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