Author Archive: John Goad

John Goad is a graduate of the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old Time & Country Music program, and is now pursuing a Masters degree in Appalachian Studies at ETSU.

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Captivated – Ashley Lewis

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Fans of Sierra Hull and Alison Krauss who have been waiting impatiently for new albums from their favorite ethereal-voiced songstresses may be able to find a fix in the new album from Ashley Lewis. Lewis, a mandolin player and singer whose combination of delicate yet […]


Motley – Andy Lowe

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

For his debut solo album, North Carolina banjo man Andy Lowe could have taken the easy route and released a solid collection of Scruggs tunes, mixed in with a few originals and vocal numbers. He certainly has the banjo skills to handle it. Instead, Lowe […]


Bluegrass Weather Report – 4/8/14

| April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with our Bluegrass Weather Report for this week, looking at the Big Lick Bluegrass Festival in Oakboro, North Carolina.  


Randy Cook & Commonwealth Bluegrass Band

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

There’s a certain satisfaction in pressing play and hearing straightforward, modern traditional bluegrass music. While boundary-stretching can certainly open doors to new fans and it’s always interesting to hear new innovations and styles, it’s also nice to come across a band that knows their way […]


Bluegrass Weather Report – 4/1/14

| April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with the Bluegrass Weather Report for this week, looking at the Rockahock Pickin’ and Pullin’ Bluegrass Festival in Lanexa, VA.  


Staggerin’ Blues – Grayson County Daredevils

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Few places in the United States are more associated with traditional music than southwest Virginia. It’s the home of the Stanleys and the Carters, with a rich history of old time fiddlers and string bands. One of the latest “new” groups to embrace these historic […]


Bluegrass Weather Report – 3/23/14

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s our Special Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival.  


Jeff Brown and Rhonda Vincent in Hurley, VA

| March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bluegrass fans in southwest Virginia were in for a treat this past Saturday night (March 15) when the Martha White Bluegrass Express pulled into the small town of Hurley. Rhonda Vincent and the Rage delivered an excellent concert filled with the powerful bluegrass, Gospel, and […]


Trampin’ On – Steep Ravine

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bluegrass music is often praised for its driving rhythm and fast, hot picking – particularly on the banjo. However, there’s another side to bluegrass ingenuity, often with a more laidback sound, that fully embraces bluegrass music’s connections to jazz and folk music. Steep Ravine, a […]


The Story of My Life – Summer McMahan

| March 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Summer McMahan, the fiddle player and lead vocalist for western North Carolina Gospel group Mountain Faith, has recently branched out on her own to release her debut solo album. She’s joined by several of her Mountain Faith bandmates here, and incorporates some of the same […]