Author Archive: John 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.
Lowground, the fourth release from Oregon-based band Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising, has been described by the group as “the darker side of acoustic music.” With numerous songs describing the aftermath of bad decisions, set to a blend of old time and bluegrass music, this [...]
The Carter Family has arguably the best known family music legacy in traditional music, with such artists as Lorrie Carter Bennett (Maybelle’s granddaughter, who is a part of the recent Daughters of Bluegrass compilation) carrying on their time-honored songs even today. However, another participant from [...]
This past September, a new documentary filmed by and featuring some of today’s hottest young pickers premiered at IBMA. Conceived and directed by Corey Smith, a 17-year-old guitarist from North Carolina (with the help of Zeb Snyder, another young North Carolina guitarist), Generation Bluegrass proved [...]
One of bluegrass music’s most respected and prolific songwriters is Pete Goble. Along with his longtime writing partner, the late Leroy Drumm, Goble penned such modern classics as Tennessee 1949, Big Spike Hammer, and Colleen Malone. Although numerous artists have included his tunes on their [...]
Many bluegrass bands today strive to find a sound somewhere between traditional and contemporary, looking toward the past while still managing to provide fresh material for modern audiences. A new band with that mix of contemporary and traditional sound is Grassville, a four-piece group from [...]
With all the genre blurring present in modern bluegrass music, which finds artists mixing hints of country, pop, folk, and numerous other genres into the standard 1-4-5 drive, fans of the old sound have wondered if there’s any place for traditional bluegrass in today’s world. [...]