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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Bluegrass Outlaws debut album

| October 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Several years ago, a sibling band based out of Florida took the bluegrass world by storm when they won the 2012 SPGBMA Band Competition and set off on a powerful career that recently earned them a number of IBMA Awards, including Song of the Year […]


Here I Am – Rebekah Long

| October 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Rebekah Long has chalked up an impressive bluegrass resume over the past decade despite often staying behind the scenes. Long was one of the first graduates of Glenville State College’s bluegrass program, and spent time playing bass with both Valerie Smith & Liberty Smith and […]


Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars – Dwight Yoakam

| October 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Can any song be turned into a bluegrass number? And furthermore, should it? Those are the questions I found myself asking as I listened to Dwight Yoakam’s new album, with the tongue-in-cheek title, Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…. Yoakam lined up a backing band full of bluegrass […]


Space age flat pick from I-Tone

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

When it comes to learning a craft, there are lots of insider tips, tricks, and so called “trade secrets” out there – the stuff that “only the pros know” and everyone else is dying to find out. This can be especially true for musicians. This […]


James King Memorial at World of Bluegrass 2016

| September 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Sometimes it’s difficult to cope with the fact that many legends within bluegrass are aging. It’s especially tough hearing about their ailments, and worse yet when we all too often learn of their passing. We’ve lost far too many of them in the last year. […]


G7 Heritage Series Capo

| September 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s not terribly uncommon for companies to release new products or gadgets at trade shows and conventions. Such is the case with at least one company participating in the IBMA World of Bluegrass festivities this week in Raleigh, North Carolina. The good people at G7th capos […]


Welcome Home – Gospel Plowboys

| September 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Mountain Fever Records has a good thing going over in the hills of southern Virginia. With a roster that includes enduring favorites like Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice and Grasstowne along with a host of rising stars such as Mountain Faith, Volume Five, and Dave […]


Original Traditional – Blue Highway

| September 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

When a band has been around for over twenty years (with a membership that has rarely changed), fans come to expect certain things. In the case of Blue Highway, which releases its eleventh studio album, Original Traditional, today, we expect to hear strong lead vocals, […]


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 […]