The Pine Valley Cosmonauts were recruited for inter-planetary fame by Jon Langford. They are a loosely organized musical collective that sprouts periodically, like a rare orchid out of the desert sand, to deliver unto the world records of vision, of tribute, of unfettered revelry. The core of the group includes drummer Steve Goulding (Waco Brothers, Mekons), bassist Tom Ray (Devil in a Woodpile, bassist for Neko Case), multi-instrumental genius John Rice and Jon Langford at the shaky helm.
Joining this tight ensemble is a cast of fiddlers, horn players, steel guitarists, and whoever else fits the riotous and rollicking moment. On vocal duties is always an astounding array of singers, including regulars Kelly Hogan and Sally Timms, as well as some serious starpower contributions from the likes of Steve Earle, Neko Case, Handsome Family, Dave Alvin, Kurt Wagner (Lambchop), Rhett Miller, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Alejandro Escovedo, soul legend Otis Clay, Will Oldham and many, many more.
With no regard for personal safety, these brave individuals blast off to recast and pay tributes to the work of giants like Western Swing maestro Bob Wills and Johnny Cash, play able side(wo)men to artists like Rockabilly Filly ROSIE FLORES, Australian Aboriginal singer ROGER KNOX and Chumbawamba's anarchist rabblerouser Danbert Nobacon, tackle the grim cause of abolishing the death penalty and a joyously celebrate old-timey radio shows
The Pine Valley Cosmonauts make BIG records because no one else has the stones to anymore.