CreekDontRise.com(tm) commemorates the music and history of the American Heartland.
Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Paul Race started this project in 2001 when he was working on a Folk-based musical that commemorates the National Road, the Dayton Flood, and many other historical events in the region.
Then readers started asking him questions about various instruments he referred to, and he started writing articles about those as well. By now we have hundreds of articles about acoustic instruments and traditional music. In fact we've started "sister sites" to keep this site from becoming so large you couldn't navigate it.
Who Is This Site For? - Anyone interested in traditional music, acoustic music, Folk Revival music, or the instruments such music typically uses. Whether you're a total newbie or a professional looking to learn about some instrument you haven't tried yet.
How Do I Find the Information I Need? - The long green index bar near the top of this page lists many of our resources, as does a long (but somewhat abbreviated) list further down the page.
Chances are, you found this site through a Google search that took you right to the page you needed first. But Google usually only links to the first page we published on the subject, so once you're here the green bar is your friend.
I Have a Question You Haven't Published the Answer To Yet - If you have a question or comment or correction of any kind, please use our Contact page. If you want to sign up to Paul's newsletter "Momma Don't 'Low" at the same time, please click here.
Paul tries to respond to every serious question personally. That's one reason we require your real name and address on our forms, so Paul doesn't waste time on trolls and scammers that he'd rather spend helping real people.
July, 2020 UpdatePaul speaking:
I have finally retired from a 40 year career as a technical writer, which included some 12 years teaching college writing. After 40 years of researching, fact-checking, explaining complex topics to "newbies," and debunking "common knowledge" that is altogether wrong, writing has clearly become an obsession.
As a fan of traditional music and the instruments it has been played on, I especially like writing about neglected or marginalized instruments.
Maybe that's why so many readers say that they have found our articles more helpful and accurate than other sources, even from people who actually know more about the subject than I do. And as I learn and try new things, I can't help but write down my thoughts. So as long as I stay in good health, you should probably expect our list of articles to grow.
That said, I am hoping to find more time for my personal musical pursuits. Like recording the couple hundred "worthwhile" songs I have written but never recorded. (We'll talk about the other hundreds of songs later.) Like getting in front of people more often. To those ends, I'm also working on projects that you probably won't see the results of for months (or in some cases, years) to come.
What is my Banjo or Autoharp Worth?
My favorite criticisms come from people who want to know how much money their great-uncles' autoharp or banjo is worth. Sometimes I ask for photos because I really want to know what they have. Sometimes, they surprise me with something that is actually out of the ordinary that may have intrinsic value. But 99 out of 100 are neglected student instruments with no collector's value that would cost more to make playable than they would to replace. Because this is a family site, I won't repeat what they often tell me when I tell them that their family's most cherished heirloom won't actually put their kids through college. That's one reason I have published "How Much is my Autoharp/Chromaharp Worth" and "How Much is my Banjo Worth" articles. If I sense that people are only interested in getting someone to tell them their wall decoration is worth more than their car, I refer them to those articles so they can do the research themselves and get back to me if they have any more questions.
Keeping Up With Our Endeavors -
If you want to keep up with our musical and writing forays, please check out my FB music page here
If you think our efforts are worth supporting for the long term, check out Paul's nascent Patreon Page. He actually started this page as an assignment for a music business class, so it's not very "fleshed out." And at the moment you don't get any special rewards for chipping in, but you don't want to know what our internet costs are. :-)
On this SiteThe dropdown menu at the top of our home page and a few others is one attempt to make things easier to find. But if you're just poking around in general, here are some areas you may find helpful:
CreekDontRise.com(tm) Sister Sites
Other sites we started to keep this site from getting too big to be useful include:
In the immortal words of Joni Mitchell, "Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you got 'till it's gone." No, I have no illusion that the American Midwest is the wonderful place that they showed on, say Little House On the Prarie, but it is more than a place that folks on either coast have to fly over to get to the other coast. And we wanted to document and celebrate the things that have made the Heartland different from any other place, while there are still folks who know the difference.
For more information about our play and about our little piece of the Heartland in southwest Ohio, click here.
For information about other music collections and projects, check the links at the bottom of this page.
And please stay in touch!
All material, illustrations, and content of this web site is copyrighted ? 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006,
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