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.

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Long Lonesome Road – The Giant Mountains Band

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Though numerous countries across Europe are home to bluegrass musicians, the Czech Republic seems to be one of the most popular lately. Faculty members from East Tennessee State University recently released a documentary chronicling the bluegrass scene within the country, and Pete Wernick just announced […]

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Grand Ol’ Time – Old Belle

| January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
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On their Facebook page, recently formed San Francisco-based band Old Belle claims that even though they don’t hail from Kentucky’s coal country and weren’t formed during the folk boom of the 1960s, their music is still “unapologetically folk.” Judging from the eleven songs on their […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 1/28/14

| January 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking this weekend’s 2014 SPBGMA Convention in Nashville.  

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 1/21/14

| January 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking in on the Winter Village festival in snowy Ithaca, New York.  

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Skipping Rocks – Ken & Brad Kolodner

| January 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Although old-time music has recently experienced a surge in popularity, most of the groups who bill themselves as old-time are of the string band variety, with a focus on banjo and fiddle music. An instrument that’s often neglected in the traditional music world, despite its […]

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The Railsplitters

| January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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There’s quite an interesting progressive bluegrass scene in and around the Rocky Mountains these days, thanks in part to Planet Bluegrass and its festivals like Telluride and Rockygrass. One of the most recent bluegrass-tinged bands to emerge from the Colorado Rockies is the Boulder-based group […]

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Bluegrass Weather Report – 1/14/14

| January 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at the BayGrass BlueGrass festival in the Florida Keys.  

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Photos, video from Scruggs Center opening

| January 13, 2014 | 2 Comments
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Our Special Bluegrass Correspondent captured some images and video from the grand opening of the Earl Scruggs Center on January 11.    

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Earl Scruggs Center opens in a deluge

| January 13, 2014 | 2 Comments
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Over one thousand fans of the five-string gathered in Shelby, North Carolina on Saturday, January 11, to experience the grand opening of the Earl Scruggs Center. Despite pouring rain that moved several events that had been scheduled to take place on the courthouse square into […]

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The Chronicles of Depression – Alex Hibbitts

| January 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Having performed with such acts as Randy Kohrs and the Expedition Show, Alex Hibbitts is no stranger to the bluegrass music scene. Although he has spent most of his bluegrass career as a sideman, and currently can most often be found working within his Depression […]

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