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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Behind The Mic with Steve Fisher

| October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s well known that some folks have a pretty tight opinion on what can be classified as bluegrass music. If it has drums, it’s out. If it has resonator guitar, it’s out. If the band isn’t wearing suits and ties, it’s out. If the song […]


Traditional Duets – Lynda Dawson & Pattie Hopkins

| October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Though Lynda Dawson and Pattie Hopkins are best known in the bluegrass world for the often inventive contemporary grass they create with Raleigh-based group Kickin’ Grass, the pair heads down a more traditional path with their first release as a duo. Aptly titled Traditional Duets, […]


Mountain Songs – Shawn Lane

| October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Blue Highway guys have been busy over the past year. In addition to releasing The Game, an excellent album which garnered them multiple IBMA award nominations for 2014, three of its members have recorded their own albums. Tim Stafford dropped Just to Hear the […]


Bluegrass Weather Report – 10/7/14

| October 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with the Bluegrass Weather Report for this week, looking at the Turkey Track Bluegrass Festival in Arkansas.  


Ramble, the Lonesome Squirrel

| October 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with a team report on the new official mascot of the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, created by Raleigh artist Tim Lee.


John Goad at IBMA 2014

| October 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Corespondent with a quick World of Bluegrass 2014 wrap-up.  


Bluegrass Karaoke at Wide Open Bluegrass 2014

| October 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

In between visits to the exhibit hall and catching a few of my favorite artists at the Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest yesterday (October 3), I happened upon a fun event taking place on the Workshop Stage inside the Raleigh Convention Center. For most of the […]


Behind The Mic with Larry Nixon and Tim Woodall

| October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

With IBMA’s annual World of Bluegrass and Wide Open Bluegrass Festival taking place this week, many bluegrass fans are turning their attention to Raleigh, North Carolina for the second year in a row. Tickets have been purchased, hotel rooms have been reserved, and of course, […]


Lonesome River Band CD release show

| October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Fans of the Lonesome River Band were in for a treat(-ish) last night (Wednesday, October 1), when the LRB guys chose to premiere their new album from Mountain Home Music Company, Turn on a Dime, as part of the Bluegrass Ramble at IBMA World of […]


Behind The Mic with Uncle Billy Dunbar

| September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

When most folks think of the Armed Forces Radio Network, the first thing that likely pops into their head is Robin Williams shouting “Good morning, Vietnam!” in the movie of the same name. Although the movie is a fictionalized version of the radio service, there […]