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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Hironobu Oda studies Kentucky Bluegrass… from Japan

| February 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Other than the United States, Japan has long been home to one of the largest bases of bluegrass fans. American bluegrass groups have been touring the country for decades, and several Japanese bluegrass instrumentalists have become well-known around the world. For those reasons, the Kentucky […]

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Behind The Mic with Larry Roberts

| February 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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It’s hard to keep a good man down in bluegrass music (although we all do like to be lonesome now and then), and radio broadcaster Larry Roberts is a prime example of that. Roberts has been a DJ for almost thirty years, and for the […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 2/17/15

| February 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at the Palatka Bluegrass Festival in Palatka, FL.  

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

| February 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Introducing Cardboard Fox

| February 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 2/10/15

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report looking at the Joe Val Festival in Framingham, MA.  

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

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Scott Donnelly – Behind The Mic

| February 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 2/3/15

| February 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking ahead to the SPBGMA convention in Nashville.  

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Behind The Mic with Jim Fisher

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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