For half a century or so, roustabouts traveled the Mississippi River on steamboats, loading and moving cargo from port to port. These laborers, who hailed from the many states along the river, created a soundtrack for steamboat life. This collection of songs, but for the efforts of a group of interested musicologists, was all but lost until just recently.Nathan Blake Lynn, who I first met as a member of Bawn in the Mash and later profiled here in this magazine when he set out on a solo career, grew up in the river bottoms and has long been interested in Mississippi River life. Recently, he put together a new musical project with a couple friends from Bawn called The Wheelhouse Rousters and, after discovering these tunes, set about recording the songs the steamboat roustabouts sang as they plied their trade up and down the river.I recently caught up with Nathan to chat about river life, Mark Twain, and musicology.BRO – Why a record of steamboat songs?NBL – Steamboats are the floating castles of my dreams, and we sing songs of the long forgotten boats. These songs are some of the last unpopularized American folk songs that I am aware of, and they are closely related to Paducah, Kentucky, and the Ohio River Valley, two places I have a major interest in. Mary Wheeler, a Paducah native and musicologist, collected these songs from former roustabouts who were still living in Western Kentucky during the 1930s. I took interest in the songs after working in the archives in the McCracken County Public Library, where Wheeler’s collection is stored, and because I spent time growing up on the rivers with my father. The Wheelhouse Rousters really believed the songs needed to be heard, so Josh, Eddie, and I took them and arranged them as our own.BRO – Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer?NBL – Huck Finn? Mainly because it was the first book that I read as a child that I had to read multiple times. But my early life represents Tom more. It’s amazing how both characters still appeal to readers in the modern era. They both captivated me as a child growing up in the river bottoms. I’m also fond of Paducah author Irvin S. Cobb’s character Judge Priest. He appears in many of Cobb’s stories and reminds me of an older Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer.BRO – We are featuring “Po Shine” on this month’s Trail Mix. What can you tell us about the history of the song?NBL – “Po Shine” is about a former roustabout who was often overworked and underpaid. Josh does a great job singing that song and it’s one of my favorites. It’s an age old story, with the character saying, “You can’t do me like you done Po Shine,” or “Hey, Boss! I ain’t workin’ for free!”BRO – You are a member of the Kentucky Oral History Commission. Tell us about your work with the group.NBL – This is my third year with the commission, which began in 1976 and has awarded over $1,000,000 in oral history grants to individuals, colleges, universities, and community organizations, resulting in the collection of more than 35,000 interviews now located in repositories throughout Kentucky. I’m honored to sit on the board and to be a part of this group that cares so much about the preservation of Kentucky’s heritage. It is something I am very passionate about.BRO – When the rivers call to you, what do they say?NBL – The rivers are the veins running through the heart of our great nation. They are also the nexus for American music. At the confluences of the great rivers, delta blues and jazz flow into Appalachian old time and bluegrass. So the rivers are romantic and dangerous, unknown and recognizable, adventurous and homely. They are always moving and they are always singing. See you down stream.The Wheelhouse Rousters will be performing at the Centennial Festival of Riverboats in Louisville, Kentucky, on October 16th and 17th and at the Princeton Art Guild Concert Series in Princeton, Kentucky, on October 25th.For more information on the band, tour dates, and the new record, surf over to www.wheelhouserousters.com.
The home has a unique, glass wine cellar.Graya Construction also renovated the property next door at 29 Rockbourne Tce, which sold in October for $2.99 million.Mr Wakely said the appetite for high end, residential property in Brisbane was stronger than ever. This house at 33 Rockbourne Tce, Paddington, has sold for $3m.It was the first time Mr Wakely had taken a buyer through the property — and the first time he had seen inside it himself as it had previously been listed with another agent.The brand new home was built on an elevated corner block only 5km from Brisbane’s CBD. One of the bathrooms in the home at 33 Rockbourne Tce. Inside the home at 33 Rockbourne Tce.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoNamed ‘Woodrock’, the five-bedroom, three-bathroom property has multiple living spaces separated by a landscaped terrace.The Graya brothers, Rob and Andrew Gray, commissioned award-winning Brisbane-based architect Tim Stewart to design the house. MORE: A window to make a splash The kitchen at the home at 33 Rockbourne Tce, Paddington.Features include a striking swimming pool with glass feature window, outdoor dining area with double-height ceiling, built-in barbecue, glass wine cellar, polished concrete floors and marble benchtops.“It’s one of the best houses in Brisbane and they’re lucky people to get to live in it,” Mr Wakely said. “It’s definitely a head turner.” Solani and Liam Jooste with Rob Gray of Graya Construction in the swimming pool at 33 Rockbourne Tce, which has sold for $3m. Picture: Jamie Hanson.ONE of the most talked about homes in Brisbane — with arguably the best swimming pool in the city — has sold for $3 million to a family who opened the cheque book after just one inspection.The luxury Paddington property at 33 Rockbourne Tce has been turning heads since it was built by the dynamic brother duo, Graya Constructions, last year. RELATED: Meet the home turning heads Rob and Andrew Gray during the construction of the house at 33 Rockbourne Tce, Paddington. Photo: Lyndon Mechielsen.“I’m getting calls every day since 2019 started from expats and buyers from Sydney, Melbourne, Noosa,” he said.“There are a lot of people moving to Brisbane because we haven’t seen the growth Sydney and Melbourne have, so people are looking to Brisbane as the next hot spot to see growth.”Paddington is a high demand suburb with a median house price of $1.15 million, according to the latest CoreLogic figures. ‘Woodrock’ at 33 Rockbourne Tce, Paddington, was architecturally designed by Tim Stewart.Selling agent Ben Wakely of Urban Property Agents recently acquired the listing and managed to sell it to a young family relocating from the Gold Coast who had originally inquired by another property on Mr Wakely’s books, which was no longer available.“I told them about Rockbourne, which I’d just signed up, took them through and within 20 minutes, they knew it was the house for them,” Mr Wakely said.
A number of persons are presently being contacted through social media with regards to opportunities of obtaining lands and/or houses from the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) but Government said that this is a fraudulent act.The CH&PA on Monday said that it has no arrangements in place with GTT Mobile Money to accept payments for land, housing units or any other services offered by the agency.“It has come to our attention that members of the public were being contacted through Facebook about the possibility of purchasing lands or housing units from the agency by someone purporting to be Minister Valarie Patterson-Yearwood. The Facebook profile is a fake; in fact, the Minister does not have a Facebook profile,” the CH&PA stated.The agency said that it will be in contact with the police on the matter but members of the public are advised “to make contact with the agency’s enforcement unit in relation to complaints on the payment for lands, housing units or any other services being offered via the Facebook page”.In December 2017, the CH&PA had been investigating a scam in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) involving the sale of lands by an individual not authorised to conduct business on behalf of the agency.The issue had been brought to the CH&PA’s attention and indicated that a woman, claiming to represent the agency, scammed several persons of hundreds of thousands of dollars.At that time, the CH&PA stated that there were several other instances of the same scam artist eliciting money from vulnerable people, but noted that the victims are unwilling to come forward.The agency reiterated that all payments relating to the sale of land or housing units from the Central Housing and Planning Authority must be done at the agency’s Georgetown head office, Regional Housing Offices or Regional Democratic Council.In May 2017, the Office of First Lady Sandra Granger received many reports that residents of Georgetown and other areas in Guyana have been approached via phone calls and text messages with requests for payment in return for the opportunity to gain scholarships.According to a release from the Ministry of the Presidency, the First Lady wanted to make it clear that her office has no such programme and would not request cash from private citizens.“Further, should anyone receive any such request, they should immediately report it to the nearest police station so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice,” the release concluded.