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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Blind Alfred Reed: Appalachian Visionary

| March 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Ted Olson, a professor of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University, has become known as a go-to person for information on the early recorded music of northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. Some music fans may recognize his name as the Grammy-nominated writer of meticulously […]


Last Night, Tomorrow – The Dappled Grays

| March 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Dappled Grays, an Atlanta-based band that has been together for just over sixteen years, is the kind of group that doesn’t let stylistic boundaries confine them. They call themselves a bluegrass band, and they are a bluegrass band – traditionalists, be sure to note […]


Back to the Mountains – Po’ Ramblin’ Boys

| March 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

The debut album from the Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Back to the Mountains, is music for people like my dad. Old school bluegrass fans, who grew up on Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanleys, who believe that Bill Monroe set the rules for bluegrass music and […]


Familiar with the Ground – The Boxcars

| March 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Dave Adkins Band at The Station Inn

| February 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Just Ten – Presley Barker

| February 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 […]


The Gospel Side of Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie

| February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 […]


And Then There’s This… The Grascals

| January 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 […]


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

| January 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 […]


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

| January 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 […]