Russ Franzen is a simple acoustic storyteller. The stories he tells are original songs of lighthouses, lake boats, shipwrecks, canals, and life along the Great Lakes. He grew up in Illinois and moved to Michigan to work in radio and now lives in Ohio. He authored three history books and recorded five albums. Before he started writing and performing stories of Great Lakes history in song, he was a historian and award-winning newspaper columnist. A Certified Interpretive Guide, he now plays his solo acoustic music for house concerts, festivals, schools, and community groups in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin.