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And the Creek Don't Rise



 Genre: Bluegrass

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Wrote this around five years ago and used to perform it live with The Recliners, a blugrassy/folk outfit. Never had a decent recording 'til now.

The title/refrain comes from Hank Williams radio show sign off.."well friends and neighbors that's all for now. We'll see you next week--if the Good Lord's willin' and the creek don't rise." Loved the sound of that phrase and thought it would make a good song refrain. Me and several others, apparently. I see Ray Montaigne has a similar tune, etc.

Personnel: John W. composition, rhythm guitar & lead vocal; Deb Lundin Carslon & David Hedding, harmony; Kip Jones, fiddle; Pete Hennig, banjo; Brian Roessler, bass. Recorded and mixed by David Hedding at Glacier Studios, Minneapolis, MN
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Puttin socks and a toothbrush in an old fiddle case
I can almost feel that southern sun on my face
We’ll be leavin’ in the mornin’ way before sunrise
We’ll be rushing past the tall corn by first daylight

Driving on the back roads, reading all the signs
We’re runnin’ down a ribbon, between white lines
We’ll be there by evening if we take our time
If the good lord’s willin, and we’re lucky’ and the creek don’t rise

All week long I’ve been punchin’ a clock
It’s hurry up buddy, mind the ol’ tick tock
When the weekend comes, they let me off the leash
Then I head for the hills to find a little peace


Don’t wear a watch I tell time by the sun
I have my own ways of getting things done
I may move slow but you gotta understand
that I march to a drummer in a hillbilly band

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Daugrin said 2726 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Hey Hey John
Keep on rolling.
This sounds down home to me!

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alackbass said 2726 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
And the Creek Don't Rise
Love it! The real deal! The vocal sounds so relaxed and effortless. Love the fiddle and banjo solos. Downloaded
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hackneybloke said 2726 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
and the creek don't rise
yay....he's back! this is so clever. how brilliant that you took that phrase and turned it into the tag-line for this. excellent live feel to the production and really fantastic virtuoso. your vocals are perfect and so is the harmony by deb. fantastic stuff john.
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michaeljayklein said 2726 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Good times!
Incomparably great work by all here--every element was solid, just wow. Now, next time you are recording at Glacier Studios, give me a ring--I would love to sit in and watch you guys at work (if it's on a weekend--and I'll spring for lunch or something)!

Take care now and thanks again John & Co., Michael
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bobnisbet said 2726 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Fine song John
Thanks for sharing this fine version of your song. I will be sharing with my friends on Facebook.
magnatone said 2726 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Creek Don't Rise
hi john - this is just about a perfect song. ok ok, it IS a perfect song. i can do nothing but rhapsodize - is that ok? :)
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DWL said 2725 days ago (September 7th, 2010)
Lovely work John
Perfectly done. Wonderful harmonies and some nifty picking and playing.

Tradition as its best.


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richard13 said 2725 days ago (September 8th, 2010)
NIce tune, nice recording
and having all those talented friends to help was a good thing too. You really did find your inner hillbilly.
Thanks, too, for the Hank Williams attribution. I've been sayin' "God willin' and the creek don't rise" for years, but didn't know where it came from. Thanks again.
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tempie said 2724 days ago (September 8th, 2010)
man i love your voice
reminds me of cary hudson (who i could listen to all day). great little left arm tan driving tune.
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mrattue said 2722 days ago (September 11th, 2010)
If the Good Lord's willin'
Just love this style of music. Carries you along a country road that leads on and on, with that sense of space and freedom that only a land the size of the US can evoke! Wonderful!
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Jarvoid said 2721 days ago (September 11th, 2010)
Well well ,a cracking
little old song to be inspired by a sign off tag of an old radio jock..and a pretty good artist himself ! Rich and clear this is a real pro sound ,spot on.Love it and kept .

cheers ,Jarvoid.
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Brian D said 2721 days ago (September 11th, 2010)
this is wonderful. love it.
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Bob6stringer said 2720 days ago (September 12th, 2010)
How'd I not "fave artist" you earlier?!
Everythhing is of apiece here, in the performances and mix. Special kudos to Deb and David. When things get weighty I like a good nature-drive, too. Hopefully my next will be through your well-forested catalog. How did I neglect to "favorite artist" you earlier? That's fixed now. You and the East Tennessee breeze mix perfectly on my relaxing Sunday porch-sit. Think I'll grab my Martin and set a spell.
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MarkHolbrook said 2711 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
I just don't like
much BG but you do such a clean job I could listen to this pretty easily! Nicely done!
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Philip18 said 2512 days ago (April 8th, 2011)
Creek don't Rise
Keep them coming! Infectious song full of joy, delivered in that warm voice of yours and with lovely clean playing by all involved.
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