CreekDontRise.com(tm) Creek Don't Rise™ commemorates the music and history of the American Heartland.
Folk and Gospel musician 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 Paul and a handful of other contributors have posted hundreds of articles about acoustic instruments and traditional music - so many, in fact, that we have taken to starting "sister sites" to keep this page from become so huge that nobody could navigate it. Our most important sister sites are listed further down the page.
New For 2018
We have reorganized our music newsletter Momma Don't 'Low to focus more on acoustic instruments and traditionally-inspired music and musicians who play them, including Paul. That said, we're still playing catch-up with news and article announcements that we didn't have room for in the previous format.
When we added a few articles about autoharps, we got a lot of interest, so we are continuing to expand that part of the site, and we have several more projects planned for this year. For one thing, most people picking up autoharps today do it to join in with Folk or Americana music, and - sadly - most autoharps are set up better to accompany polkas. Our article on "Making Your Autoharp Folk-Friendly" tells a bit of the story. But we hope to offer more ideas and examples as we get further along on some of our projects, including converting one 15-chorder to diatonic, making one 21-chorder more Folk-friendly, and restoring at least two bizarre old Chromaharps to playability, one Chromalin (Chromaharp's answer to Oscar Schmidt's Guitarro), and one Caroler, the biggest commercial autoharp ever made, with 43 strings and 27 chords.
If autoharp isn't your thing, don't worry, we have more banjo and guitar articles in development as well. Plus Paul and some of his friends and family are playing "out" more than we did last year, and that always gives us ideas for more articles and updates.
Of course, the main reason we've written so many articles so far is reader questions. That's right; often one popular article will result in several folks asking similar questions about a related subject, which tells us that another article is needed. That's how we've grown to a few hundred articles on this and related sites.
As a side effect of reworking our newsletters, we have now made it harder to get on our newsletter mailing list by accident. Lots of folks used to ask one question, check the box that said they wanted to get newsletters, then gotten upset when they got newsletters. Nowadays you may ask questions without running the risk of getting on our mailing list if you don't want to. But I do reserve the right to answer subscribers' questions first. :-)
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!
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