Russ Franzen Great Lakes History in Song


  Russ Franzen is a songwriter and balladeer who performs original songs about the history of Lake Boats, Lighthouses, Shipwrecks, and life along the Great Lakes.



  It was an exciting summer working on a canal boat at Providence Metropark in Grand Rapids, Ohio. I'll be recording a few of the canal songs in the next few months, including one or two from the Canal Musical the crew performed for park staff and volunteers in October. I will add a video of my new Christmas song, Christmas at the Mill, about an 1880s era holiday at the Isaac Ludwig Mill at Providence.