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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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, […]


James King passes

| May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

The bluegrass life of recording, playing dates, and traveling has come to a close for one of the most unique personalities and beloved artists in bluegrass music. Known for his matchless heartfelt ability to convey a story through song, the Bluegrass Storyteller, James King, passed […]


Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection

| May 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

In recent years, country music fans who can’t stand today’s rap-infused “bro-country” sound have found a home in bluegrass. Many modern traditional groups sample from both the songs and sounds of ’80s and ’90s country, while many male and female vocalists alike have adopted the […]


Into the Blue – Davis Bradley

| April 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

For every headlining, nationally touring, IBMA Award-winning group out there, there are a dozen local or regional bluegrass acts keeping the roads hot and the little clubs and community centers packed. In the northern Virginia area, one of those groups is Davis Bradley, a new-ish […]


Something Out of the Blue – The Rice-Menzone Alliance

| April 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

I’m usually excited to see new groupings of my favorite musicians, if just for the chance to hear what artists who normally don’t play together sound like when they do. The Rice-Menzone Alliance, a new duo from Mountain Fever’s ever-growing roster of artists, pairs well-known […]


Blind Alfred Reed: Appalachian Visionary

| March 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Ted Olson, a professor of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University, has become known as a go-to person for information on the early recorded music of northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. Some music fans may recognize his name as the Grammy-nominated writer of meticulously […]


Last Night, Tomorrow – The Dappled Grays

| March 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Dappled Grays, an Atlanta-based band that has been together for just over sixteen years, is the kind of group that doesn’t let stylistic boundaries confine them. They call themselves a bluegrass band, and they are a bluegrass band – traditionalists, be sure to note […]


Back to the Mountains – Po’ Ramblin’ Boys

| March 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

The debut album from the Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Back to the Mountains, is music for people like my dad. Old school bluegrass fans, who grew up on Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanleys, who believe that Bill Monroe set the rules for bluegrass music and […]


Familiar with the Ground – The Boxcars

| March 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

A new release from The Boxcars is, for many bluegrass fans, a time to celebrate. The group is one of the most talented collections of artists currently on the bluegrass circuit, and they generally release extremely tasteful albums with well-rounded selections of songs – many […]