Russ Franzen is a simple acoustic storyteller. The stories he tells are original songs about lighthouses, lake boats, shipwrecks, canals, and life along the Great Lakes. Many of his songs were inspired by stories he heard while living in Alpena, MI. He is the author of two books and has recorded five cds. He is a Historic Interpreter, singing and telling the stories of the Miami and Erie Canal on a mule-driven canal boat at Providence Metropark. He plays his solo acoustic music for house concerts, festivals, schools, and community groups in Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois.