"Ocean Breathes Salty," Iron Horse

In case you hadn't heard, sea shanties have been having a moment over on TikTok lately. It's a genre that isn't particularly well-represented in my music collection, but I do have a *lot* of songs about the ocean. And it turns out that bluegrass versions of Modest Mouse's Pacific Northwest post-grunge indie rock wind up sounding an awful lot like sea shanties, to my ears at least.


"Sea Shanties - Born Yesterday

You might be wondering, just what the heck *is* a sea shanty, anyway? This podcast from 2014 is a great intro to the history and sound of the form, which has actually gone through quite a few revivals over the years. 


"50 STATES OF FOLK: Chanteys on Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay" -  by Kara Kundert, No Depression

This 2020 article also delves into the history of the genre, but makes an even stronger case than the podcast above for the African roots of the call-and-response format that is the hallmark of the shanty/chantey.
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