The L'homme de Renaissance of indie rock. The prolific Welshman-cum-Chicagoan has done it all in his time.
Founded the Ground Zero UK art/punk collective The Mekons (who, many suggest, went on to inadvertently turn a bunch of punk rock snots like Bloodshot Rob into country fans with their seminal albums Fear and Whiskey and Honky Tonkin') , noise rock progenitors The Three Johns and countless collaborations with greats, near-greats and unheard of cult figures.
For Bloodshot, he's been an indefatigueable presence in our shoddy offices since day one. In addition to all his musical contributions as a solo artist, he's created lots of cover art, produced lots of records, lent his ham-fisted guitar stylings to recordings by the Old 97's, Roger Knox, Rosie Flores, Kelly Hogan, Andre Williams, Sadies, Sally Timms, Danbert Nobacon, Alejandro Escovedo, among others, draws a comic strip, writes books, appeared as the backing band on This American Life and acts as a reeling papa bear figure to many of Chicago's musicians looking for direction and reassurance in this vicious racket we call the music industry.
Since the man creates more music than any one band could possibly hold, he's also the guiding force in the Waco Brothers, the rarely convened collective of the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, the Skull Orchard and Wee Hairy Beasties. At any given time, he might have a few other irons in the fire, or plates in the air, or pies in the oven, or cubes in the tray. It tires us just trying to keep up.
For a gander of Jon's Art, peruse Yard Dog in Austin, TX; home of the annual Bloodshot SXSW shindig.
- "Christmas Carol & Christmas Ray" on Bloodshot's 13 Days of Xmas
- Mike Watt (Minutemen) & the Missingmen cover Jon's "Up To My Neck in This" and covers "Strange Birds" on While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records
- "Pill Sailor" live (with Sally Timms) on No One Got Hurt: Bloodshot's 15th Anniversary @ The Hideout Block Party
- Live videos of "Nashville Radio" and "Over The Cliff" in Austin TX on the DVD Bloodied But Unbowed: Bloodshot Records' Life In The Trenches.
- "Nashville Radio," "Over The Cliff" and "The Country Is Young" live on the DIGITAL ONLY Bloodied But Unbowed: The Soundtrack
- "Delilah" w/ Sally Timms on the Pine Valley Cosmonauts' The Executioners' Last Songs: Volumes 2 &3
- "Over the Cliff" on For A Life of Sin
- "Brixton" w/ Chip Taylor on Down to the Promised Land: 5 Years of Bloodshot Records
- "Nashville Radio" on Making Singles, Drinking Doubles
- "Take This Hammer" on Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook: Volume One
- "California Blues" duet w/Alejandro Escovedo on Bourbonitis Blues
- "Over The Cliff" guitar/yelling "Asshole" on Old 97's Wreck Your Life