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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Dig In The Dirt – The Farm Hands

| August 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Even if you’re not that familiar with The Farm Hands, you’ve probably heard their recent single, Dig in the Dirt, which has one of the catchiest choruses I’ve heard lately. The song, which is the title track from the group’s latest album, has found quite […]


Georgia Maple – Edgar Loudermilk

| August 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

To many bluegrass fans, Edgar Loudermilk is likely best known for his solid bass skills, particularly thanks to his long tenure with bluegrass favorites IIIrd Tyme Out. However, over the past few years, Loudermilk has begun to come into his own as a vocalist and […]


Sister Sadie – a strong debut

| July 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Bluegrass “supergroups” have become a thing as of late, with side projects merging into full-fledged, award-winning, chart-topping bands. From The Band of Ruhks to Sideline, from Flashback to the Earls of Leicester, supergroups are everywhere and bluegrass fans are loving it. One recent supergroup has […]


Lambert & Walz

| July 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

There are many traditional songs that are beloved in bluegrass circles; songs that can be heard at every jam session from Telluride to Galax. For their debut album, new duo Lambert & Walz has picked out seven favorites from the public domain, added in two […]


Tim May & Steve Smith

| July 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Musicians often come together in unique (and sometimes unexpected) pairings, creating sounds that none of the individuals involved may have made on their own. When New Mexico-based mandolin player Steve Smith met Nashville session musician Tim May at Camp Bluegrass in Texas, they discovered common […]


Beautiful Ashes – John Bowman

| July 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

John Bowman has performed with a who’s who of bluegrass groups over the past several decades, from his beginnings with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver in the early 1990s to his most recent tenure as a founding member of The Boxcars. Though he’s been with a […]


Power Pins 2.0

| July 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Generally speaking, there are two different camps when it comes to instrument modification: those who wish to remain true to time honored traditions and the way things were done in years past, and those who seek new ways of improving upon what has become the […]


Ralph Stanley passes

| June 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s hard to know what to say about legends in our industry. Accurately describing the importance of their contributions – and lifetime commitment – to bluegrass and traditional music is nearly impossible. This evening, one of the true founding fathers of this seventy-some year old […]


One More Flight – Sawtooth Brothers

| June 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Minnesota’s Sawtooth Brothers aren’t brothers – well, technically. They’re actually two pairs of brothers, Clint and Luke Birtzer and Ethan and Jesse Moravec. They’re also not technically bluegrass. Formerly known as the Sawtooth Bluegrass Band, when their banjo player (an older Birtzer brother) left, they […]


Living the Dream – The Spinney Brothers

| June 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Spinney Brothers have become favorites of the traditional bluegrass crowd thanks to their unflagging love for bluegrass music’s past and a keen ear for what today’s listeners enjoy. Previous hits like I Wish That I Could Have Met Carter, My Music Comes from Bill, […]