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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Across the Deep Blue Sea – Original Five

| August 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Although most American bluegrass fans are aware of the international bluegrass scene on at least a surface level, thanks to the “International” in IBMA and a few acts like the Kruger Brothers who have gained popularity here in recent years, most folks in the US […]


Brighter Every Day – Trout Steak Revival

| July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

One of the most recent groups from the western bluegrass world to begin gaining national recognition is Trout Steak Revival, a Denver-based band that also won the 2014 band competition at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The five-piece group has been playing together for several years, […]


Lessons Learned – Ronnie Reno

| July 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Fans these days might best recognize Ronnie Reno from his television show on RFD-TV, Reno’s Old Time Music, where he spotlights numerous classic and contemporary bluegrass and country artists, or simply from the fact that he is the legendary Don Reno’s son. However, many folks […]


Back to the Roots – Rusty Nail Crossing

| July 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s a familiar story in the bluegrass world: dad gets interested in bluegrass music, then mom joins in, as well. Soon, the kids want instruments of their own, and before you know it, there’s a family band in the works. Sometimes it stays more of […]


LIVE! at Capon Crossing Farm – Bluegrass in the Barn

| July 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s a pretty hefty undertaking for a bluegrass band – especially an independent group – to release one album per year. Bud’s Collective, a relatively new group based out of the northern Virginia/eastern West Virginia area, upped the ante for their debut release, putting out […]


When I’m Free – Hot Rize

| July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

One of – if not the – most anticipated albums of the past year was the return of Hot Rize after twenty-odd years with When I’m Free. Since its release in late 2014, the group has embarked upon a popular tour and received a significant […]


Lonesome Road – Evan Maynard

| June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Alex Hibbitts’ Depression Lies Studio in Sevierville, TN is quickly becoming a go-to spot for up-and-coming bluegrass artists whose music leans toward the popular country-tinged modern traditional style. Recent solo projects by Matt Wallace, Cody Shuler, and Hibbitts himself were all recorded there, and the […]


Ocooch Mountain Home – The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers

| June 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Winning the award for unique traditional music band name of the month is Wisconsin-based duo The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers. Nikki Grossman and Joe Hart bill themselves as “a brand-new take on old-time country,” and their newest release, a twelve song (plus one bonus track) collection titled […]


From the Barroom to the Steeple – Stacy Grubb

| June 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bluegrass fans may recognize the name Stacy Grubb from her work with the Clay Hess Band, including a popular tour several years ago, or perhaps from her husband’s bluegrass management and booking service, Jason Grubb Artist Management. Though Grubb’s first album, released in 2009, utilized […]


2015 Mt. Airy Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers Convention

| June 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

This past weekend (June 5 and 6) was the 44th Annual Mt. Airy Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers Convention, which is located in Mt. Airy, North Carolina. I arrived in Mt. Airy late Wednesday evening and was quite excited to get to Veterans Memorial Park where […]