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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Tim May & Steve Smith

| July 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Musicians often come together in unique (and sometimes unexpected) pairings, creating sounds that none of the individuals involved may have made on their own. When New Mexico-based mandolin player Steve Smith met Nashville session musician Tim May at Camp Bluegrass in Texas, they discovered common […]


Beautiful Ashes – John Bowman

| July 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

John Bowman has performed with a who’s who of bluegrass groups over the past several decades, from his beginnings with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver in the early 1990s to his most recent tenure as a founding member of The Boxcars. Though he’s been with a […]


Power Pins 2.0

| July 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Generally speaking, there are two different camps when it comes to instrument modification: those who wish to remain true to time honored traditions and the way things were done in years past, and those who seek new ways of improving upon what has become the […]


Ralph Stanley passes

| June 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s hard to know what to say about legends in our industry. Accurately describing the importance of their contributions – and lifetime commitment – to bluegrass and traditional music is nearly impossible. This evening, one of the true founding fathers of this seventy-some year old […]


One More Flight – Sawtooth Brothers

| June 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Minnesota’s Sawtooth Brothers aren’t brothers – well, technically. They’re actually two pairs of brothers, Clint and Luke Birtzer and Ethan and Jesse Moravec. They’re also not technically bluegrass. Formerly known as the Sawtooth Bluegrass Band, when their banjo player (an older Birtzer brother) left, they […]


Living the Dream – The Spinney Brothers

| June 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Spinney Brothers have become favorites of the traditional bluegrass crowd thanks to their unflagging love for bluegrass music’s past and a keen ear for what today’s listeners enjoy. Previous hits like I Wish That I Could Have Met Carter, My Music Comes from Bill, […]


James King passes

| May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

The bluegrass life of recording, playing dates, and traveling has come to a close for one of the most unique personalities and beloved artists in bluegrass music. Known for his matchless heartfelt ability to convey a story through song, the Bluegrass Storyteller, James King, passed […]


Mike Bentley & Cumberland Gap Connection

| May 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

In recent years, country music fans who can’t stand today’s rap-infused “bro-country” sound have found a home in bluegrass. Many modern traditional groups sample from both the songs and sounds of ’80s and ’90s country, while many male and female vocalists alike have adopted the […]


Into the Blue – Davis Bradley

| April 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

For every headlining, nationally touring, IBMA Award-winning group out there, there are a dozen local or regional bluegrass acts keeping the roads hot and the little clubs and community centers packed. In the northern Virginia area, one of those groups is Davis Bradley, a new-ish […]


Something Out of the Blue – The Rice-Menzone Alliance

| April 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

I’m usually excited to see new groupings of my favorite musicians, if just for the chance to hear what artists who normally don’t play together sound like when they do. The Rice-Menzone Alliance, a new duo from Mountain Fever’s ever-growing roster of artists, pairs well-known […]