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CSAR-Rivers 2
Chico Schwall's American Roots
Down To The River
Wed Feb 16, 7:30-9:00 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
Karen Warren
American Roots sponsor
Karen Warren
American Roots sponsor
Paragon BioTeck
Season Title Sponsor
The Eye Center
Shedd Presenting Sponsor
  • Description
  • Personnel
  • Program
Chico Schwall and company continue the 7th season of American Roots with an evening of river songs. "This idea first came to me," "Rivers", writes Chico. "Just rivers in song. As a child I learned a lot of American geography and history from the folk songs my music teacher taught us. The Erie Canal. Songs of rafts and barges and steamboats. The Mississippi, the Missouri. Songs of log driving (floating them down the river with guys leaping from log to log to keep them from jamming) are appropriate to Oregon. The "Rivers of Texas" song has been recast as the "Rivers of Illinois" (by Win Stracke) and "Rivers of Oregon" (by Adam Miller, who beat me to it!). The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 ("Backwater Blues", "Mississippi Heavy Water Blues", "High Water Everywhere", "Louisiana 1927" etc.), Woody Guthrie's "Roll On, Columbia". The Hudson. The Willamette. The Suwannee. And I'm just getting started." The result is, as always with Chico, as much an evening of wonderful, entertaining music as an insightful journey down the rich and complex byways of roots music, where the paths of the traditional, sacred, classic and popular endlessly cross and merge.
Event Personnel
Chico Schwall, director
Chico Schwall, guitar, banjo & singing
Corwin Bolt, bass, tub bass & guitar
Samuel Mitchell, piano & guitar
Joanne Broh, vocals
 Down To The River To Pray
(1860s) Slave Songs of the United States traditional U. S. (w/m)
 The Rivers of Oregon
(2017) The Radio's Taking Our Songs Away Tom Rawson (w) Bill Staines (m) [adaptation of The Rivers of Texas]
 Willamette River Song
 The Log Driver's Waltz
(1979) Wade Hemsworth (w/m)
 The River In The Pines
(1880s) traditional U. S. (w/m)
 My Dirty Stream
(1966) God Bless The Grass Pete Seeger (w/m)
 Hudson River Steamboat
(1976) Fifty Sail On Newburgh Bay traditional U. S. (w/m)
 Low Bridge - Everybody Down
(1913) Thos. S. Allen (w/m)
 The Lovely Ohio
(1956) A Ballad Singer's Choice traditional U. S. (w/m) [adaptation of We'll Hunt The Buffalo]
 Oh Shenandoah
(1810s) traditional U. S. (w/m)
 Red River Valley
(1870s) traditional (w/m)
 Miss The Mississippi And You
 High Water Everywhere
(1929) Charley Patton (w/m)
 Backwater Blues
(1927) Bessie Smith (w/m)
 Louisiana 1927
(1974) Good Old Boys Randy Newman (w/m)
 Big River
(1958) Johnny Cash (w/m)
 Burn On
(1972) Sail Away Randy Newman (w/m)
 Deep River Blues
(1964) Doc Watson (w/m)
 Sailing Down My Golden River
(1971) Pete Seeger (w/m)
 Roll On, Columbia, Roll On
(1941) Woody Guthrie (w/m)

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Ticket/Venue Info
Down To The River Ticket Prices
Discount Prices
A19.00  17.25  16.25  15.25  9.50 
B15.00  13.50  12.75  12.00  7.50 
Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
Paragon BioTeck
Season Title Sponsor
The Eye Center
Shedd Presenting Sponsor