Jon Langford has led an enviable life. He’s a founding member of bands like the Mekons and the Waco Brothers, a visual artist with commissions ranging from Dogfish Head Brewery to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, a radio host, an activist, a playwright… We could go on and on.
Now Langford has released a new solo album, Four Lost Souls. The album came about after a chance encounter between Langford and bassist Norbert Putnam at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame, where Langford was commissioned to provide portraits for the “Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City” exhibit in 2015. Putnam invited Langford down to Muscle Shoals to record at Nutthouse Studio, and Four Lost Souls was born.
Langford, Putnam, and Swampers David Hood and Randy McCormick got together to record the day after the 2016 election, an event that had a profound effect on what would become the final album.