My semi-regular blog documenting the fun and excitement of traveling along the Mississippi River.

Remembering Levon Helm

Levon Helm passed away last Thursday at age 71.I have only become familiar with his music in the past few years. I'm sad that we've lost his musical gifts and regret that I never had a chance to see him perform. Others have already written eloquent tributes (such as this one), so let me just

By | 2016-10-21T15:28:56+00:00 April 24th, 2012|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments

Lingering at the Crossroads

If you've never listened to the show Radiolab, now is a good time to start. Most of their shows focus on emerging topics in science, which may sound dry, but they present their topics with very engaging storytelling. The most recent episode is a great example of this. Robert Johnson is a legendary, nearly mythical

By | 2016-10-21T15:28:57+00:00 April 22nd, 2012|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments

The Next Cranky Blog: Wild Mississippi Is Pretty but Dumb

I must be quickly descending into grumpy old man-hood, because it seems that virtually any show I see anymore on the Mississippi River is disappointing. Wild Mississippi on Nat Geo Wild is just the latest effort that made me cranky. Narrated by a poor man’s Sam Elliott (is that accent real?), the basic narrative for

By | 2016-10-21T15:28:59+00:00 February 20th, 2012|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments

Will Ferrell Pitches in Davenport

Last fall, Will Ferrell snuck into Davenport and taped a few ads for Old Milwaukee beer, including one in which he emerges from the Mississippi River after “hand fishing”. Ferrell apparently came up with the idea for the ads and volunteered his time. He filmed other ads in Terre Haute (Indiana) and Milwaukee. While they

By | 2016-10-21T15:29:00+00:00 January 17th, 2012|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments

New Book, Sample Chapter

I’m working on a new book for 2012. Unlike my other Mississippi River books, this one will not be a travel guide but a collection of stories about the people and places of the Mississippi River. I’m big on putting the river in its broader context, so the chapters in this new book will often

By | 2016-10-21T15:29:01+00:00 January 11th, 2012|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments