What Kind of Guitar
Should I Start On?
What Kind of Banjo
Do I Want?
Fretted Instruments Whatever Happened
to the Banjo?
What is a
What is a
Axes in my Life
Circle of Fifths
How to Give
Wannabe? Did God Really
Give Rock &
Roll to You?
Are You a
Who Owns Folk Songs?
The Story Behind
the Story - Real
About the Play
Creek Don't Rise™ is an informal project to celebrate and commemorate the music and culture of the American Heartland. This project started with the development of a two-act folk-based musical called If the Creek Don't Rise. That play commemorates the building of the National Road, the Dayton Flood, the Wright Brothers' experiments, and many other important historical events and trends of the modern Midwest. It also celebrates the music of twelve generations of explorers, pioneers, builders, and inventors who built the heart and backbone of the nation.
Note: - This site has just been moved to a new server with slightly different software. We've tried to make certain that nothing important has been lost, but if you notice any broken links or other issues, please let us know as soon as possible by using the contact page.
But as we've continued our involvement with and exploration of acoustic-based music, we've added many articles about choosing, maintaining, and playing fretted instruments, and we have many more articles in the works. So we have a constantly growing list of articles in these music categories as well:
Update for 2016 - Many of our articles on acoustic instruments have been tweaked with new information. In addition, we have new articles, new features, and more planned.
Expanded Discussion Forum - In 2014, we started a discussion forum for folks interested in folk and acoustic music and instruments. Since then, the sections that point to resources for independent musicians have exploded. If you want to give better concerts, get more concerts, get more fans, or otherwise improve or expand your music efforts, check out our Careers forum. If you want to write better songs, or get your songs heard check out the resources in our Songwrangling forum.
One caveat - unlike other forums, that people can sign on anonymously and trash-talk, our forums require a manual sign-on, so we know exactly who is participating. We've managed to keep a positive, encouraging tone on several other forums that way, and we see no reason to "throw open the floodgates" here. In the meantime, in spite of very few contributors so far, many of our postings have had hundreds of "views," so the message is getting out.
This will benefit even people who don't sign up, as a source of information. But if you sign up and sign in every time you visit, you'll have an advantage - the little icons change color to show you which forums have new postings, so you can check things out quickly.
Paul is Getting Social - After decades of performing music as an avocation, Paul took off for a few years to focus on helping younger musicians get better at their craft and improve their opportunities. Recently, though, Paul's friends have been encouraging him to become more "connected" himself. So we've upgraded Paul's music page () and added a blog (), a Facebook page (), and a YouTube channel ( ). They're all pretty new, so if you click on any of them, you won't find a whole lot, but we expect them to grow with time. For one thing, Paul wants to add a series of banjo videos to illustrate the tutorials we discussed above. Finding the time to shoot and edit those is pretty hard these days, but we're being hopeful. In the meantime, if you see the following symbols on some of our pages, know that we're not pointing to a CreekDontRise facebook page or whatever, but to pages that emphasize Paul's songwriting and performance:
In addition, our sister site, Classic Train Songs, has received lots of recent upgrades, with expanded articles, updated links, and several new song histories.
New Buyers' Guides We get lots of reader questions about what to buy and where to shop for various instruments we discuss. In 2015, we are adding a new page - RiverboatMusic.com that discusses the best ways and places to buy certain instruments. Mostly we want to have a place to reference readers for more information about specific gear, rather than scattering such information all over multiple sites.
We have quite a ways to go, but we've done some work on the following pages so far:
Other planned projects include:
Also for more information about what's been going on recently, as well as our near-term plans, please check out our What's New? page.
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." Not that the American Midwest is Paradise, but it is more than a place that folks on either coast have to fly over to get to the other coast. And we want to document and celebrate the things that have made this place different from any other place, while there are still folks who know the difference.
Much more information about our play and about our little piece of the heartland is available from the links in the left margin.
Music Samples from the Play:
At the moment, Creek Don't Rise™ is operating as a part of Breakthrough Communications™, the communication company started by writer and musician Paul Race in 1995. We are not a non-profit agency, although Paul and other individuals affiliated with Creek Don't Rise™ have worked with non-profit regional educational, musical, and theatrical agencies for many years. We may spin off all or part of this effort into a non-profit corporation, however, if there is enough interest.
If you are interested in contributing content, sponsoring a concert, or sponsoring a reading or production of the play, please contact us for more detailed information, for reading copies of the script, song demos, etc.
And please stay in touch!
All material, illustrations, and content of this web site is copyrighted © 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006,
For questions, comments, suggestions, trouble reports, etc. about this page or this site, please contact us.