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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Lessons Learned – Ronnie Reno

| July 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Fans these days might best recognize Ronnie Reno from his television show on RFD-TV, Reno’s Old Time Music, where he spotlights numerous classic and contemporary bluegrass and country artists, or simply from the fact that he is the legendary Don Reno’s son. However, many folks […]


Back to the Roots – Rusty Nail Crossing

| July 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s a familiar story in the bluegrass world: dad gets interested in bluegrass music, then mom joins in, as well. Soon, the kids want instruments of their own, and before you know it, there’s a family band in the works. Sometimes it stays more of […]


LIVE! at Capon Crossing Farm – Bluegrass in the Barn

| July 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s a pretty hefty undertaking for a bluegrass band – especially an independent group – to release one album per year. Bud’s Collective, a relatively new group based out of the northern Virginia/eastern West Virginia area, upped the ante for their debut release, putting out […]


When I’m Free – Hot Rize

| July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

One of – if not the – most anticipated albums of the past year was the return of Hot Rize after twenty-odd years with When I’m Free. Since its release in late 2014, the group has embarked upon a popular tour and received a significant […]


Lonesome Road – Evan Maynard

| June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Alex Hibbitts’ Depression Lies Studio in Sevierville, TN is quickly becoming a go-to spot for up-and-coming bluegrass artists whose music leans toward the popular country-tinged modern traditional style. Recent solo projects by Matt Wallace, Cody Shuler, and Hibbitts himself were all recorded there, and the […]


Ocooch Mountain Home – The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers

| June 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Winning the award for unique traditional music band name of the month is Wisconsin-based duo The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers. Nikki Grossman and Joe Hart bill themselves as “a brand-new take on old-time country,” and their newest release, a twelve song (plus one bonus track) collection titled […]


From the Barroom to the Steeple – Stacy Grubb

| June 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bluegrass fans may recognize the name Stacy Grubb from her work with the Clay Hess Band, including a popular tour several years ago, or perhaps from her husband’s bluegrass management and booking service, Jason Grubb Artist Management. Though Grubb’s first album, released in 2009, utilized […]


2015 Mt. Airy Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers Convention

| June 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

This past weekend (June 5 and 6) was the 44th Annual Mt. Airy Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers Convention, which is located in Mt. Airy, North Carolina. I arrived in Mt. Airy late Wednesday evening and was quite excited to get to Veterans Memorial Park where […]


Cody Shuler’s solo project

| June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bryson City, North Carolina’s Cody Shuler first made his mark in bluegrass with traditionally-based band Pine Mountain Railroad, although his earliest experience was playing mandolin for Raymond Fairchild at the age of 15. His most recent release, a self-titled album from Rural Rhythm, is his […]


Chantilly Farm 2015

| May 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Most bluegrass fans know Floyd, Virginia for its prominence on the Crooked Road music trail, the weekly music shows held at the Floyd Country Store, and for one of the greatest places on earth to buy music, County Sales. However, I predict that very soon […]