Mama Don't 'Low - May, 2023 Update
Momma Don't 'Low is a newsletter to support home-made and roots-based music in general, as well as the readers of,, and
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Mama Don't 'LowTM is a newsletter to support home-made and roots-based music in general, as well as followers of Paul Race's music, and the readers of our music articles on various web pages, including Creek Don't RiseTM, Classic Train SongsTM, RiverboatMusic.comTM, and, as shown in the following line:

Heartland-inspired music, history, and acoustic instrument tips.
Best-loved railroad songs and the stories behind them.
Look to Riverboat Music buyers' guide for descriptions of musical instruments by people who play musical instruments. A page devoted to some of Paul's own music endeavors.

For more information on the newsletter, please see the Mama Don't 'Low home page.

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Why do I have two separate pages? You would be amazed how many people who contact me with a question about one of the topics we discuss (say, 6-string banjos) sign up for the newsletter, then freak out when they get a newsletter that mostly talks about something different (say, zither banjos). This way we hope to avoid accidental signups and the resulting confusion.

No Phone Calls, Please - Please don't call our house or call me on my cell phone unless you've already contacted me through this form or the Contact page and told me what you want to talk about. That way I can be prepared to take your call, and we can be sure that we're respecting each other's time and priorities. Don't think this is silly; I've had readers with "emergencies" call me when I'm eating dinner, in bed, and even on stage. Even if I take the call at such times, I may not have the resources handy to answer your questions.

Paul dressed up for an event at the Clark State (Ohio) Historical society.What To Expect if You Fill Out This Form - [Paul Race speaking] By signing up here, you are signed up for my newsletter, which basically covers my ongoing projects, including updates about acoustic instruments I'm researching or working on and news about my music "career" (such as it is).

I mention this because some folks have signed up to hear about places I'm going to play or songs I'm working on, but unsubscribed angrily because the first issue they received had mostly links to autoharp articles or whatever.

Other folks have signed up to get information about dulcimers, say, and have unsubscribed angrily because the first issue they got included information about places I'm playing or songs I've written, and didn't have any dulcimers articles that issue. But the next issue might be entirely different. Just warning you ahead of time.

In other words, I'm inviting you to come along on a journey of music and discovery, with occasional side trips to focus on:

  • My current musical involvements and related happenings,

  • Original, traditional, and traditionally-inspired music,

  • Neglected or misunderstood instruments and,

  • Related directions about traditional musical forms and instruments, especially as reader questions or puzzles pique my own interest.

If this sounds good, I WANT you along. But I only want you along for the journey IF all that sounds good to you. Hope that makes sense.

The most recent newsletter, and the first full newsletter after my "reboot" in which I relegated articles about vintage saxophones and Christian music to a separate newsletters, is here.

I hope you enjoy it, but if you don't, just let me know. Also, if there's anything specific you'd like more coverage of, just let me know. I'm not saying I'll jump right on it, but if it's something I already have on the back burner I may move it to the front burner.

Please Fill Out the Whole Form - We won't send you anything you don't ask for, and we won't give or sell your contact information to anyone else. But over the years we've had thousands of scammers, spammers, trolls, and plagiarists attempting to sign up with fake e-mails, even real e-mails belonging to other people! For such reasons, and many more that are too complicated to explain here, we now require anyone contacting us to tell us at least as much about themselves as we've told you about ourselves in this page (such as real name and address).

We also require people to tell us why they are contacting us, using specific examples related to the page in question. (None of this generic "Cool site, I've learned so much." stuff that the robospammers send.)

I hope you can understand why I'd rather spend my time interacting with 40 people who are really interested in what we do than waste it sending out 4000 e-mails to people who aren't really interested in what we do or, in some cases, aren't even real people. Not to mention wasting time "vetting" requests that are incomplete or unconvincing.

Consequently, any form that is missing required fields or which contains obviously fake information will be deleted automatically, with no warning to the sender. And the way the form is set up, it is possible to send an incomplete form (this catches some robospammers) or a form containing nonsense, like obviously fake addresses (this catches almost all of the rest). So be certain to check your form over before you submit it.

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