Life working along the banks of the Erie Canal is preserved in the songs of America’s rich musical history. Thomas Allen’s “Low Bridge, Everybody Down” has achieved iconic status in the American songbook, but its true story has never been told until now. Erie songs such as “The E-ri-e Is a-Risin'” would transform into “The C&O Is a-Risin'” as the song culture spread among a network of other canals, including the Chesapeake and Ohio and the Pennsylvania Main Line. As motors replaced mules and railroads emerged, the canal song tradition continued on Broadway stages and in folk music recordings. Author Bill Hullfish takes readers on a musical journey along New York’s historic Erie Canal. Arcadia Publishing, 2019, 240pp.