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___ "To each man a song, born into his blood and vision -- the working force, the fire of spirit. To each his gift, the song that he is committed to sing in his time on earth. Yet a man must hear it forming and feel the composition of it along the strings of his soul. In the quiet and secret places of his heart the music waits. Voices he does not know sing it to him when he does not watch, and those bells that rang in other lands, in other times, ring yet to reach each soul.
"But he must take along his soul into the riven, quarrelsome streets and into the furious arenas where he meets with life. And there is no place to hide.
"And music, so gossamer and tender, born of innocence and frail substance, is thrust into the forge and laid upon the anvil, and struck there with hammers and beaten upon from divers directions.
"If he cannot protect his song and slip away from the destruction of his soul, if he cannot hide from the clamor and the weight and the heat, then he is lost.
"If the calloused hand of circumstance reaches inside him and scrambles the notes, scattering them to the lost reaches of his soul as the planets are flung through the heavens, then he is doomed and lost.
"And if the searing finger of despair reaches in to cauterize, to seal up his soul, and the cold wash of fear descends upon him and his metal has no temper, then he will not live.
"For of what use is life if a man cannot find the lost knowledge of himself, or put together again a song that has been broken and scattered, or restore his soul?" -- The Song of Samuel, And Scatter the Proud by (now-deceased Asheville NC reporter/novelist and ACR friend) Lewis W. Green


click for wayback machine (internet archive) Creek Road Ramblers Live at Macoupin County Fairgrounds on 2007-10-19 (October 19, 2007)
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"Big" Barrett Carlson - Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Vocals
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"Formed in the cornfields of Illinois in the spring of 2003, the boys would pick for hours on the front porch of the good old 1819. Those sessions lead to hosting the open mic night at the infamous Plank Road Pub and after many nights spent “dialing in” their sound, they decided to put a lil’ road in their ramble. Creek Road has become one of the hardest-working bands in the mid-west playing over 125 shows a year and sharing the bill with such acts as: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Sound Tribe Sector Nine (STS9), Blind Melon, Flaming Lips, and many more. In the short time that the band has been together, they have played at such events as: Summer Camp, Universal Rhythm Assembly, and in 2008 were asked to play at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride CO. Another highlight for the band in ’08 was being asked to have their own late-night show friday night on the Bluegrass Campfire Stage at Summer Camp. Hot Buttered Rum (Sat.), Great American Taxi Ft. Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon(Thurs.), and Cornmeal(Sun.) also shared this honor. Creek Road also proudly hosts the annual “Down on the River” music festival on the East Peoria Riverfront which is a charity event that pays tribute to the life and times of John Hartford with the permission of John’s estate."





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