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Pine Valley Cosmonauts
|Origin||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Associated acts||Jon Langford|
The group was initiated by Jon Langford (also of the Waco Brothers and The Mekons) as a covers group, with both repertory and cast of backing members constantly shifting. 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 album, 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 (OTSFM) in Chicago, Illinois, on October 10, 2009, where 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. The Knox-Langford tour finally occurred in 2012, including performances at OTSFM and the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco, California.
|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||
|The Executioner's Last Songs, Vol. 1||The Pine Valley Cosmonauts||
|The Executioner's Last Songs, Vols. 2 & 3||The Pine Valley Cosmonauts||
|Barn Dance Favorites||The Pine Valley Cosmonauts||
|One Day In Chicago||Kevin Coyne with Jon Langford & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts||
|The Library Book of the World||Danbert Nobacon & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts||
|Girl Of The Century||The Pine Valley Cosmonauts present Rosie Flores||
|Stranger In My Land||Roger Knox & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts||
- Guilliatt, Richard (8 June 2013). "Songlines of a survivor: Roger Knox". The Australian. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
- Knape, Norbert; Langford, Jon (January 12, 2005). "Kevin Coyne with Jon Langford & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts: One Day In Chicago". Norbert Knape. Retrieved 2019-04-25.
- Leggett, Steve (12 February 2013). "Stranger in My Land – Roger Knox, The Pine Valley Cosmonauts". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 March 2013.