Talented and environmentally conscious bluegrass musician and historian Bob Wright performs music about the old oyster industry (and much more) in NY with his band Harbortown! Three of his songs are featured in SHELLSHOCKED, and they truly bring the oyster history stories to life.
Here he explains - on WPRB 103.3 - how he began blending his passions to create unique, multidimensional, historically accurate and unforgettable songs!
Listen to songs from Bob Wright and Harbortown’s album OYSTER ARISTOCRACY!
Wild Oyster from The River Project’s oyster study at Pier 42 in NYC! The largest oyster is 11cm. Photo by Chris Anderson.
Carved Decorative Shell Depicting A Boat
China, 19th - 20th Centuries. From Museu do Oriente, Lisbon.
Photo from early 1900s oyster industry
Young oyster shuckers in Mississippi, 1911. Photographer Lewis Hine quit his job as a school teacher to photograph working conditions of children for the National Child Labor Committee. Here’s his description of this photograph:
All of these children (except babies) shuck oysters and tend babies at the Pass Packing Co. I saw them all at work there long before daybreak. Photos taken at noon in the absence of the Supt. who refused me permission because [of?] Child Labor agitation. Factory belongs to Denbar, Lopez, Dukate Co. Location: Pass Christian, Mississippi.