Son Of Rogues Gallery

In 2006, the producer Hal Willner put together the compilation Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys, on which big-name artists tried their hand at singing old pirate songs. Next month, we’ll get the double-disc sequel, entitled Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys. The list of contributors is long and distinguished, and it includes Johnny Depp, Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Shane MacGowan, Iggy Pop, Michael Gira, Nick Cave, and Courtney Love. Even with all those people involved, though, the biggest news might be a collaboration between Tom Waits and Keith Richards, who previously worked together on Waits’ 2011 album Bad As Me. Together, they worked up a gravelly, sloppy take on the old ballad “Shenandoah,” and you can hear it at NPR.

Son Of Rogue’s Gallery is out 2/19 on Anti-.

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  2. Waits and Richards also worked together on Rain Dogs, by the by

  3. I actually enjoyed this. Not sure that it counts as a pirate ballad or sea song, but any time Tom Waits does his magic on an old folk standard is a win for me.

  4. Stereogum neglected to mention that it was beautiful.

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