Author Archive: John Curtis 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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The Gospel Side of Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie

| February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments
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As a follow-up to 2014’s well-received Dancin’ Annie, Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie has released a compilation album of the group’s favorite Gospel tracks from their previous albums. The Gospel Side of Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie pulls from the group’s three previous albums for […]

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And Then There’s This… The Grascals

| January 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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It’s always interesting to see what will happen when new members enter a longstanding band that has previously had a relatively static lineup. Will they pick someone who sounds and plays just like the former member? Will they go in an entirely new direction? Or […]

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Down Memory Lane – Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks, & Asheville Bluegrass

| January 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Though western North Carolina has long been known as a hotbed of traditional music, much of the attention has focused on the old-time, mountain styles – ballad singers, string bands, and the like – found throughout the region’s hills and valleys. However, the first release […]

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I Want to Go Home – Kevin Pace & the Early Edition

| January 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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One of the most universal themes in bluegrass music is home – particularly, missing it once it’s no longer what it once was. With their latest project, Spokane, Washington-based group Kevin Pace & the Early Edition has built an entire album around that theme. I […]

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Pickin’ Friends – Red Wine

| December 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
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I have to admit, I don’t keep up with the international bluegrass scene as much as I should. However, thanks to Bluegrass Today, I’ve had the opportunity to review quite a few strong albums from groups based outside of the United States, and in doing […]

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Eat the Moon – FY5

| December 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The group known as Finnders & Youngberg not only has a new album out, but also a new name. On Eat the Moon, their recent release from Swing Fingers Records, the group labels themselves as FY5, a name that perhaps reflects better on the fact […]

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Mandolin Originals with Scott Napier

| December 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Need one last Christmas present or stocking stuffer for the mandolin player in your life? Consider Scott Napier’s recently released instructional DVD, Mandolin Originals with Scott Napier. Napier, the longtime mandolin player for the Lost and Found and one of the newest instructors at the Kentucky […]

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Doug Flowers and Friends

| December 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
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After three decades spent playing with regionally-based artists, and stints with the Little Roy and Lizzy Show and the Clinton Gregory Band, Georgia-based mandolin player Doug Flowers has recently released Doug Flowers and Friends, filled with a number of his own original compositions alongside bluegrass […]

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Lonely Tonight – Bill Runkle & Smith Hollow

| November 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
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When you think “Del McCoury’s banjo player,” your mind probably automatically goes to Del’s son, 2015 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Rob McCoury. However, before there was a Del McCoury Band, there was Del McCoury & the Dixie Pals. The longest serving banjo player […]

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Elsebound – True North

| November 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Along the softer edges of bluegrass, where smooth contemporary melodies merge with a folkier, singer-songwriter sensibility, lies Oregon-based band True North. The group’s music is largely gentle and contemplative, guided by the lyrics and lead vocals of Kristen Grainger, an accomplished songwriter whose songs have […]

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