July 29, 2021
The Mekons and Waco Brothers founding singer, guitarist, and punk/alt-country pioneer takes a break from his latest Freakon collaboration to discuss his Welsh upbringing, his art school days with pals Gang of Four, his solo projects, and his successful career as a painter. Jon has a tremendous work ethic, releasing the first of 23 singles from the “Lucky Seven Series” and starting bands and records with any free moment. He’s also a real gentleman…qualities the Troubled Nation could use more of. Topics include roadwork, the Hard Rock Hotel scandal, the Rolling Stones at Jazzfest, vaccine resistance, port cities, Joe Strummer and the Clash, a record deal, LeMieux Galleries, Tom Stern and Blue Velvet Studio, Alex Rawls, OffBeat, Chickie Wah Wah, Steve Watson, Buddy Watson, the Sadies, Midway Pizza, country music, Thatcher and Reagan, union busting, signing to Virgin Records, a mining strike, the Aberfan 1966 mining disaster, moving to Chicago, honky tonk music, “Deserted,” inspiration, Yard Dog Gallery, “Lofty Deeds,” the chicken and the egg, and much more. Support the podcast here. Join the Patreon page here. Shop for Troubled Men’s Wear here. Subscribe, review, and rate (5 stars) on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or almost any podcast source. Follow on social media, share with friends, and spread the Troubled Word. Intro music: Styler/Coman Break music: “Memphis Egypt” from “Heaven and Hell” by the Mekons Outro music: “Only The River” from “Jon Langford’s Lucky Seven Series, part 1” by Jon Langford & the Skull Orchard Welsh Male Choir Troubled Men Podcast Facebook Troubled Men Podacst Instagram Jon Langford Facebook Waco Brothers Mekons Jon Langford Artwork ...
March 04, 2021
The G. Love & Special Sauce drummer discovered singer and guitarist G. Love in an empty Irish bar in his hometown of Boston. As a duo expanding to a trio, the hip hop/blues group hit with “Cold Beverage” on their first release, and it’s been a wild ride of world tours, records, and TV ever since. A New Orleans residency leading rock steady group 007 and Nashville session work with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys round out his stellar resume. Jeffrey currently hosts the weekly Atomic Cocktail Hour. Tonight he endures the radioactive fallout with the Troubled Men. Topics include a vaccine, a birthday, the Mars landing, Mt. Rushmore, a sold out gig, dog walkers, Certs, Ramones shows, lessons with Alan Dawson, a bar mitzvah band, Boston rock, Mark Sandman, Sony records, an acoustic approach, space, moving to N.O., Keith Keller, Chez Flames, Katrina flooding, a trio with Kenny Vaughn and Dave Roe, touring plans, a COVID case, a Letterman story, and much more. Support the podcast here. Join the Patreon page here. Shop for Troubled Men’s Wear here. Subscribe, review, and rate (5 stars) on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or almost any podcast aggregator. Follow on social media, share with friends, and spread the Troubled Word. Intro music: Styler/Coman Break and outro music: “Cold Beverage” and “Baby’s Got Sauce” from the self-titled album by G. Love & Special Sauce ...
March 05, 2020
With the Klezmer All Stars, the Naked Orchestra, and his work in numerous side projects, you’d think the guitarist/composer would have a full plate. Jonathan’s appetite for adventurous music has also driven him into writing operatic works and creating sound design for film. He’s seemingly undaunted by a challenge, so let’s see how he meets the test of the Ring Room. Topics include a Mardi Gras wrap-up, Thai food, Lent, a 100th episode party, a recording session, “Judy,” a London childhood, an L.A. teen, Uni High, McCabe’s Music, Michael Ward, the Krewe of Julu, a rift, Helen Gillet, a dirty opera, Santa Cruz, free cigarettes, Walter Payton, Carl LeBlanc, Sun Ra, Fermin Muguruza & the N.O. Basque Orchestra, yoga training in India, a brush with death, a new perspective, a mystery disease, the “Esplanade” film, a debt of gratitude, and much more. Support the podcast [here.](https://www.paypal.me/troubledmenpodcast) Subscribe, review, and rate (5 stars) on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or almost any podcast aggregator. Follow on social media, share with friends, and spread the Troubled Word. Intro music: Styler/Coman Outro music: “Klez Hafez” by Jonathan Freilich featuring the New Orleans Klezmer All Stars ...