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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Times Are Not What They Used To Be – Poor Valley Girls

| February 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Carter Family is almost ubiquitous in every variety of traditional music – and even some more mainstream genres. It’s difficult to find a bluegrass, folk, or old-time musician who hasn’t recorded a song the Carters made famous, and artists like Carter in-law Johnny Cash […]


Introducing Cardboard Fox

| February 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bath, England is the latest foreign locale to contribute a group to the international bluegrass scene. Acoustic quartet Cardboard Fox has recently released its debut, self-titled EP. A collection of four band originals, the EP offers listeners a brief taste of the band’s bluegrass-tinged folk […]


Bluegrass Weather Report – 2/10/15

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report looking at the Joe Val Festival in Framingham, MA.  


Live at the Old Feed Store – Chris Jones & the Night Drivers

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Live albums usually fall in one of two camps. Sometimes, even with the most talented bands, the songs come off flat and lifeless, perhaps thanks to the musicians taking too much care to sound ‘perfect.’ Other times, the recording perfectly captures the energy and groove […]


Scott Donnelly – Behind The Mic

| February 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bluegrass is sometimes viewed as music for old fogies. The emphasis on tradition, the lack of electric instruments, the sheer lonesomeness of it all – it’s not Katy Perry or Justin Beiber, that’s for sure. In the past several years, however, it seems like more […]


Bluegrass Weather Report – 2/3/15

| February 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking ahead to the SPBGMA convention in Nashville.  


Behind The Mic with Jim Fisher

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

When we think of “radio voices,” smooth, rich, polished tones come to mind – think Casey Kasem. Broadcaster Jim Fisher was a little surprised when, years ago, someone told him that his voice was well-suited for the radio. As he tells it, he was emceeing […]


Adam Steffey going under the knife

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Just like the instruments they play, sometimes bluegrass musicians themselves need a bit of a tune up. Mandolin master Adam Steffey will be headed in soon to try to fix a pesky irritated nerve that has been bothering him recently. According to Steffey, he had […]


Carroll Best and the White Oak String Band

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

I love discovering new music. The majority of the time, that music is just new to me: an early J.D. Crowe & the New South album I’ve never heard before, a Jimmy Martin concert from the mid-1990s streaming on YouTube, a new country artist that […]


Behind The Mic with Nick Barr

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Part of the fun for bluegrass concerts and festivals for some folks is recording them for later listening. Of course, some venues prohibit this, and some artists frown upon it, but for many fans, it’s a great way to recall that awesome banjo break they […]