Paul

Paul

Paul Race has been writing and playing all kinds of music since the 1960s, though he tends to favor acoustic and traditional songs. He has created resources like CreekDontRise.com, ClassicTrainSongs.com, and SchoolOfTheRock.com to help other musicians get a good start on their own journeys.

‘Nudder Christmas Song

I wrote this song with a children’s chorus in mind, at a time I was helping with a stage production of Dickens’ Christmas Carol, and my sister Tess Hoffman was writing a children’s opera based on the story. So the themes are largely the themes of Christmas Carol – Christmas…

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Banjos and Changes of Clothing

I just received an Oscar Schmidt 6-string banjo I don’t really need in trade for another banjo I no longer needed,but which a friend really wanted. So I thought I’d review it for Amazon. While there, I noticed the following lone negative review: ——————————— Oscar Schmidt did a HORRIBLE job…

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Why Do String-Band Pickers Grin?

You’ve heard the cliche “pickin’ and grinnin’” since you were knee-high to a grasshopper. To non-musicians it’s more-or-less a hint that you’re in for a night of good old-timey music fun. But what does it really mean? And why do certain musicians, especially Bluegrass banjo pickers grin while they pick?…

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New Old Song on Soundcloud

Just posted a new old song on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/paul-race-933212658/ “Heart of the Heartland” was written for my Folk-based play “If the Creek Don’t Rise.” I posted it on Soundcloud because I had submitted it for review to a Nashville songwriter with a number of hits and they preferred having the…

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