Tom Waits and Keith Richards Collaborate on Shenandoah
Tom Waits’ and Keith Richards’ new recording of the traditional folk song “Shenandoah” premieres on NPR’s All Songs Considered today. The hymn-like tune is currently streaming here, and is the first track available from the upcoming two-disc compilation Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys. The ballad is believed to have been first sung by Missouri River boatmen before gaining popularity in the 1880’s.
As previously reported, Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys was produced by Hal Willner and includes recordings by Patty Smith, Iggy Pop, Macy Gray, Shane MacGowan, Michael Stipe, Courtney Love, Johnny Depp and more. The compilation will be released on February 19th and the full tracklist can be read here.
In somewhat related news, Tom Waits guest starred on The Simpsons this past weekend. The legendary singer-songwriter made a cameo as the voice of a deranged “prepper” who convinces Homer to join him in preparing for the imminent collapse of society.