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Mama Don't 'Low™ 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 Rise™, Classic Train Songs™,™, 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.

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