Never Again: Redemption, Loss, & Wrecks on the Highway (Part 1)

This is the first of a two-part look at songs (“Wreck on the Highway” and “Percy’s Song”) about road crashes and their aftermath … The meaning of life is that it stops. — Kafka Impact Shards of shattered windshield, mangled steel, the stink of burning rubber. Torn clothes drenched with … → read more

Jon Langford interview, Part Three

Lofty Deeds, Jon Langford This is the final installment of our interview with Chicago musician and artist Jon Langford. After recording three albums of murder ballads, he seemed like the ideal candidate for a Murder Ballad Monday sit-down. You can also read or re-visit Part 1 and Part 2. Today … → read more

Musician Jon Langford on the appeal of the murder ballad

Without A Doubt, Jon Langford (2007) Introduction When I was just a baby, my Mama told me, “Son Always be a good boy, don’t ever play with guns,” But I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die. — Johnny Cash (“Folsom Prison Blues”) Jon Langford is one … → read more