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


 I just finished recording my fifth CD, "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). The CD should be available in late July.

  If you're interested in booking me for a concert or program, I'm booking for 2020, so contact me through the "Contact" page. See the "My Programs" for a program list and descriptions.

  If you're interested in buying one of my cd's, either go to the "My Music Store" page or email me through the "Contact" page.

  Downloads of my albums and songs are available from "My Music Store" or Amazon, iTunes, and other download sites.

You can stream my songs on all of the major platforms, like Spotify and I Heart Radio.




Russ Franzen, Great Lakes Balladeer