john hartford, famed
banjoist, fiddler, guitarist (on the Glen Campbell show) folk dancer
and song writer is also a Mississipi River pilot for many years. a few
words from john ought to conflate the mighty streams of folk music and
Big River waters.
also, the song "Big
River" by Johnny Cash is a travelogue of your subject as well as
a fine piece of art itself.
you know of course
the river is leveed and dammed to excess by the corps of army engineers,
a series of classical government interventions and fuckups. ask the
people who used to live in Alton, IL.
i think because of
the dams, the pilots are confined to specific locations between these
dams. hartford i think is a captain somewhere in the neighborhood of