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Written by Paul Race for Creek Don't Rise™

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.

Update for 2017 - We've answered many reader questions, including so many about banjos and autoharps that we have added one article on buying used banjos, and several articles about autoharps.

We've also added many more links to career resources for musicians in our Careers forum.

The most obvious change may be a dropdown menu that is easier to read than the old menu with itty-bitty type that used to appear in the left column. We're still working out the bugs, and hope to include it in all of our pages, but in the meantime, we hope it helps you find information you need more quickly.

Other planned projects include:

  • Providing more information about the music and culture of the Heartland.

  • Providing more information and links to information about regional history, especially the history of the National Road corridor.

  • Providing information about readings of the play and and live performances of the music of the Heartland, featuring soloists and ensembles

Click to see the blog about this event.Speaking of historical tie-ins, Paul especially likes doing things with historical interest, such as singing and playing "Follow the Drinking' Gourd" for a recent Underground Railroad seminar, and singing for the Clark County's Historical society's historical reenactment called "Night at the Museum."

Plus Paul has been busy playing a number of places and giving a banjo clinic at a local festival.

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.


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 come away with some great ideas for "sharing the joy."

And please stay in touch!

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2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 by Paul D. Race. All rights reserved.
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