This Day in Dayton, 29 January

A one-hour PBS documentary in 2006 featured the Wabash River, and a musician from Dayton helped supply live music for the production. Guitarist Kevin Ludwig of Dayton and singer/songwriter Scott Greeson of Lafayette collaborated on music that “captured the river’s spirit.” The show’s producer Gary Harrison said, “They seem to have the river flowing through them somehow.” Their music is a blend of “folk, traditional, bluegrass, alternative country and acoustic blues.” Ludwig said he knew the history of Fort Ouiatenon and hoped the film would spark interest in the river and encourage concern for the river quality. The documentary uses songs about the river, some performed by local people. Other performers included Native Americans, Purdue Glee Club members, and the Wabash High School marching band. Ludwig and Greeson taped two or three hours of music at Fort Ouiatenon and in the Attica area, and they said they would be happy no matter what amount actually made it into the film. Their association with the project was opening doors for them. (“Life on the Wabash,” Journal and Courier, Section E Life, 15 January, 2006)

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