What is creek bottom music?
Early Texas settlers used the term “bottom” to describe the low-lying land along the banks of creeks and rivers that subdivide the natural Texas topography. The bottoms along these rivers can be a mile or more on each side and most creeks also have broad bottomlands. Traditionally, the river bottoms and creek bottoms offered grass and water for horses or other livestock and trail hands almost always camped in the bottoms. Later, the bottoms also offered rich soil for agriculture. Since those days, the allure of the cool bottoms in the Texas sun made them prime locations for social activity. Music played around a campfire, on the plains, in the hills, and in the bottoms, continues to be a contributing influence on the Texas musical culture. It is the kind of music that flows from the creativity of those whose inspirations and inhibitions are immersed in nature.