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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Familiar with the Ground – The Boxcars

| March 17, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Dave Adkins Band at The Station Inn

| February 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
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These days you never really know what a band is going to sound like when you hear them live, although you can usually bet they’re not going to sound exactly like the track you heard on your favorite bluegrass radio station. It’s just the way […]

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Just Ten – Presley Barker

| February 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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When I see young children hailed as musical prodigies in the bluegrass world, I usually wonder if their early technical skill will translate into a true superstar career, with not just the knowledge to arrange notes in a complicated manner, but to play with heart […]

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The Gospel Side of Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie

| February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments
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As a follow-up to 2014’s well-received Dancin’ Annie, Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie has released a compilation album of the group’s favorite Gospel tracks from their previous albums. The Gospel Side of Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie pulls from the group’s three previous albums for […]

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And Then There’s This… The Grascals

| January 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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It’s always interesting to see what will happen when new members enter a longstanding band that has previously had a relatively static lineup. Will they pick someone who sounds and plays just like the former member? Will they go in an entirely new direction? Or […]

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Down Memory Lane – Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks, & Asheville Bluegrass

| January 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Though western North Carolina has long been known as a hotbed of traditional music, much of the attention has focused on the old-time, mountain styles – ballad singers, string bands, and the like – found throughout the region’s hills and valleys. However, the first release […]

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I Want to Go Home – Kevin Pace & the Early Edition

| January 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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One of the most universal themes in bluegrass music is home – particularly, missing it once it’s no longer what it once was. With their latest project, Spokane, Washington-based group Kevin Pace & the Early Edition has built an entire album around that theme. I […]

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Pickin’ Friends – Red Wine

| December 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
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I have to admit, I don’t keep up with the international bluegrass scene as much as I should. However, thanks to Bluegrass Today, I’ve had the opportunity to review quite a few strong albums from groups based outside of the United States, and in doing […]

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Eat the Moon – FY5

| December 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The group known as Finnders & Youngberg not only has a new album out, but also a new name. On Eat the Moon, their recent release from Swing Fingers Records, the group labels themselves as FY5, a name that perhaps reflects better on the fact […]

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Mandolin Originals with Scott Napier

| December 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Need one last Christmas present or stocking stuffer for the mandolin player in your life? Consider Scott Napier’s recently released instructional DVD, Mandolin Originals with Scott Napier. Napier, the longtime mandolin player for the Lost and Found and one of the newest instructors at the Kentucky […]

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