Momma Don't 'Low is a newsletter to support home-made and roots-based music in general, as well as the readers of,, and

Written by Paul Race for Creek Don't Rise™, SchoolOfTheRock™, and Classic Train Songs™

Momma Don't 'Low™ is a newsletter to support home-made and roots-based music in general, as well as the readers of our music articles on various web pages, including,, and

All three of those resources grew out of personal projects that we started out posting in case other folks might be interested in the content. Soon we started getting lots of reader questions on those topics. And we wrote more articles to answer those questions and so on. Which hopefully explains why we have articles on such a wide range of subjects spread over so many web sites.

That said, some overlap is inevitable. So we've tried to simplify things by having one newsletter for all three sites.

Frequently posted topics include:

  • New features and articles on our various web sites,
  • Announcements related to
    • Roots and acoustic-based music, including Folk, Singer-Songwriter, etc.,
    • Music career issues,
    • Vintage saxophones,
    • Acoustic instrument choice and maintenance,
    • Worship and Contemporary Christian music,
    • Train songs, and
  • Much more (but not all in the same newsletter).

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About Discussion Forums

In addition to this newsletter (which will hopefully serve readers of all of our sites, we plan to add discussion forums for both the Creek Don't Rise and SchoolOfTheRock sites. At the moment, only the Creek Don't Rise discussion forum is "live." But if you're interested in acoustic music, Americana, heartland history, and related topics, you may want to sign up. Signing up for the Creek Don't Rise discussion forums will automatically sign you up for this newsletter unless you specifically decline. To see the Creek Don't Rise discussion forum without signing up, click the following link:

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About the Name

"Momma Don't 'Low," sometimes spelled "Momma Don't Allow" but never sung that way, is an old folk song about playing music even when and where you're not "supposed to." And since every instrument and type of music we discuss on all of my music pages has been forbidden, "politically incorrect," or frowned upon at some point in history, I figured the song title would represent all of our various constituencies.

All material, illustrations, and content of this web site is copyrighted © 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004,
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 by Paul D. Race. All rights reserved.
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Note: Creek Don't Rise (tm) is Paul Race's name for his resources supporting the history and
music of the North American Heartland as well as additional kinds of acoustic and traditional music.

For questions, comments, suggestions, trouble reports, etc. about this play or about this web page, please contact us.

Paul Race playing a banjo. Click to go to Paul's music home page.Whatever else you get out of our pages, I hope you enjoy your music and figure out how to make enjoyable music for those around you as well.

And please stay in touch!

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Visit musings about music on our sister site, School of the Rock With a few tools and an hour or two of work, you can make your guitar, banjo, or mandolin much more responsive.  Instruments with movable bridges can have better-than-new intonation as well. Acoustic-based, traditional, singer-songwriter, and folk music with a Western focus. Check out our article on finding good used guitars.
Carols of many countries, including music, lyrics, and the story behind the songs. X and Y-generation Christians take Contemporary Christian music, including worship, for granted, but the first generation of Contemporary Christian musicians faced strong, and often bitter resistance. Different kinds of music call for different kinds of banjos.  Just trying to steer you in the right direction. New, used, or vintage - tips for whatever your needs and preferences. Wax recordings from the early 1900s, mostly collected by George Nelson.  Download them all for a 'period' album. Explains the various kinds of acoustic guitar and what to look for in each.
Look to Riverboat Music buyers' guide for descriptions of musical instruments by people who play musical instruments. Learn 5-string banjo at your own speed, with many examples and user-friendly explanations. Explains the various kinds of banjos and what each is good for. Learn more about our newsletter for roots-based and acoustic music. Folks with Bb or Eb instruments can contribute to worship services, but the WAY they do depends on the way the worship leader approaches the music. A page devoted to some of Paul's own music endeavors.
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Free building projects for your vintage railroad or Christmas village.
Visit Lionel Trains. Click to see Thomas Kinkaded-inspired Holiday Trains and Villages. Big Christmas Train Primer: Choosing and using model trains with holiday themes Building temporary and permanent railroads with big model trains Click to see HO scale trains with your favorite team's colors.
- Christmas Memories and Collectibles -
Visit the FamilyChristmasOnline site. Visit Howard Lamey's glitterhouse gallery, with free project plans, graphics, and instructions. Click to return to the Old Christmas Tree Lights Table of Contents Page Click to sign up for Maria Cudequest's craft and collectibles blog.
Click to visit Fred's Noel-Kat store.
Visit Papa Ted Althof's extensive history and collection of putz houses, the largest and most complete such resource on the Internet..
- Family Activities and Crafts -
Click to see reviews of our favorite family-friendly Christmas movies. Free, Family-Friendly Christmas Stories Decorate your tree the old-fashioned way with these kid-friendly projects. Free plans and instructions for starting a hobby building vintage-style cardboard Christmas houses. Click to find free, family-friendly Christmas poems and - in some cases - their stories. Traditional Home-Made Ornaments