Podcast 419: Saltwater Hank

Saltwater Hank is a Ts’msyen musician based in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. On Canada Day, 2023, he released his new and boldest album to date, ‘G​al’u​̈​u​̈​nx Wil Lu Holtga Liimi.’ It’s an entire country album sung in Sm’algyax, the Ts’msyen language.

On this week’s FJ Podcast, we talk to Saltwater Hank about the project, its release day (and why that’s important), his songwriting process, the power of language, the gear he used and so much more. It’s a great chat.


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