"I recommend this disc highly... All myths are not ancient, and not all stories worth telling are told upon the operatic stage. Lopez and his colleagues have given us a handful of glimpses into life as it was, and done so with admirable skill and style."
"densely narrative, Civil War-era, traditional American folk... historical, grim and tragic stories about rebs, raiders and regulators, miners, murders and mourning... have been turned into folklore by this talented storyteller." -Flagpole Magazine, Athens, GA
"Wow... stories that resonate with all the glory and heartbreak of the human condition... works like a charm."
"Interesting stuff. I felt immersed in myth. Each song suggests a larger epic of which it is part."
-Robb Holmes, WUGA Georgia Public Radio, Athens, GA
"Stories of hard living, love unrequited, tragic demise and unexpected heroism are the stuff of Drowning Creek and will remind the listener of the great Child ballads that migrated to America" says Rambles...
Christian Lopez's debut release, Down By The Drowning Creek, is a collection of story songs, most of them based on real people and events from the 19th century. The Andersonville-trilogy, "Patrick Delaney," "Bounty Jumper," and "Little Red Cap," takes place in the infamous prison camp. Another batch of songs, "Under the Mountain," "Julia Bulette," "One Fine Spring Day" and "Vesey's Hotel" are set in the boomtown of Virginia City, Nevada in the late 1860's. The all-acoustic release features some of Athens, Georgia's finest musicians, including Antoon Speters, Dick Daniels, Andrew Heaton(Packway Handle Band, Calliope Fair) and William Tonks(Barbara Cue, Jack Logan & Liquor Cabinet).
"...seriously talented..." Flagpole
*Nominated for a 2005 Athens Music Award - Folk