Men of Gwent – President of Wales
This is the second album by Jon Langford’s Men of Gwent and is being released by that fine Welsh label Country Mile Records. Born in Wales, now resident in Chicago, Langford has had a long and illustrious musical journey with the likes of The Mekons, Three Johns and the Waco Brothers. The theme of this album is Newport and its history past and present with songs such as ‘Grave Alexander’ which is about the 1909 docks disaster and more personal songs such as ‘Bulmore Lido’ which documents Jon’s near drowning experience. The album includes a wonderful cover of Joe Strummer’s ‘X-Ray Style’ which more than honours the memory of one of Newport’s most prestigious former residents. The Men of Gwent are yet to receive the recognition they deserve, however, “President of Wales” should go a long way to address that.