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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Things We Do For Dreams – Trinity River Band

| December 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Since making the decision to pursue music full-time in 2011, Callahan, Florida’s Harris family – better known as Trinity River Band – has experienced quite a run of success. With songs like Better than Blue, How Blue, and Rusty Old American Dream receiving frequent airplay […]


All the Rage, Volume One – Rhonda Vincent & the Rage

| December 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Even if you get to see your favorite band multiple times a year, it’s still a treat when they release a live album. If done right, live albums capture bands at the top of their game. They’re filled with hits, fan favorites, and perhaps a […]


Our Top 10 bluegrass songs for Christmas

| November 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

We’ve carved the turkey. We’ve packed up the leftovers, and got them back out fifteen minutes later to finish off. We’ve fought through the crowds at Wal-Mart to score a good deal on a TV, and checked our phones every five minutes to see what […]


Colors & Crossroads – Sideline

| November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Though Sideline was originally formed as a side project for several prominent musicians during the winter bluegrass off-season, the group has become a full-fledged touring and recording act. There have been a few changes to the band’s lineup, but they’ve maintained a driving, traditional sound […]


The Banjo Files – Jacob Underwood

| November 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

The banjo is arguably the core of bluegrass music. For many folks, it’s the key to whether or not a song or album can be considered bluegrass. I’ve heard many a traditionalist despair that it’s been all downhill since Manzanita. Fear not, fans of Scruggs […]


Most Welcome – Branded Bluegrass

| November 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Wilson Pickins Promotions has been adding bands to its roster like wildfire throughout 2016, creating a lineup of up-and-coming groups whose sound falls mostly in the modern traditional vein. Branded Bluegrass signed on with Wilson Pickins earlier this year, just in time for the release […]


Somewhere in the Middle – Robert Mabe

| November 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

I wasn’t sure what to expect upon encountering a bluegrass album that featured an “intro” and “outro” on the track listing. Would there be spoken word tracks? Some kind of wild and crazy instrumentation? Was this a bluegrass opera and I just hadn’t realized it? […]


A Distant Horizon – Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome

| November 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

A Distant Horizon, the new album from southwest Virginia’s Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, proves at least one thing: the band takes its name to heart. Many of the songs here contemplate loss – of chances, of a home, and of life, to name a […]


The Road Back Home – Tony Rook

| November 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

With so many subgenres and genre mixes and edge-of-this-or-that’s out there, sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and listen to straight-ahead bluegrass with a prominent five string and songs of heartbreak, hard work, and the mountains. That’s just about exactly what listeners get with The […]


A Life That’s Good – The Hinson Girls

| November 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

There are plenty of brother acts in bluegrass, but sister groups have been a little harder to come by. Enter The Hinson Girls, four sisters in their late teens and early twenties, from Lancaster, SC. The girls have been performing bluegrass and Gospel music together […]