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

 My fifth CD is now available. "Songs of the Miami and Erie Canal." These are original songs that came from my research and experience working as a canal boatman on The Volunteer at the Providence Lock (Lock 44N), Miami and Erie Canal. 

  If you're interested in booking me for a concert or program, I'm booking for  2024. Contact me through the "Contact" page. See the "My Programs" page for a list of programs and descriptions.

 Downloads of my albums and songs are available from Amazon, iTunes, etc. You can stream the music on all of the major platforms, like Spotify and I Heart Radio. One Click here will get access to them all.

 To buy one of my cd's, either go to the "My Music Store" page or email me through the "Contact" page. I'm currently working on getting the "My Music Store" page fully operational.

Lyrics for all the songs on the new CD are downloadable as pdf files on the Lyrics page.





Russ Franzen, Great Lakes Balladeer