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Steamboat `Round the Bend: Songs & Stories of the Mississippi

Ben Lucien Burman and Eddy Manson
Steamboat `Round the Bend: Songs & Stories of the Mississippi

Author and journalist Ben Lucien Burman (1896–1984) brings together a collection of original stories and songs dealing with life and experiences on the Mississippi River. He tells of the origins of various folk songs, picturesque characters along the river, Captain Bill and his showboat, and “Judge Honey,” who referred to people appearing in his courtroom as “Honey”—hence the nickname. Harmonica player Eddy Manson (1919–1996) provides the musical background on this spoken word recording. Biographies of both performers begin the liner notes, followed by Burman’s short essay, “Music on the Mississippi.”

Track Listing

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The River's Still Rugged Ben Lucien Burman 5:08
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The Shanty Boats Ben Lucien Burman 4:02
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Humor on the River Ben Lucien Burman 5:50
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Showboat Ben Lucien Burman 5:10
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How Folk Songs Grow Ben Lucien Burman 7:45
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Picturesque Characters Ben Lucien Burman 4:56
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Unnatural History Ben Lucien Burman 7:20
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Fire on the Mountian Ben Lucien Burman 2:46
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The Lower River Ben Lucien Burman 4:38
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Cumberland River Justice Ben Lucien Burman 5:46
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