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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I Wanna Sugar Baby – The Moore Brothers

| January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Everywhere you look these days, there’s a talented group of kids popping up in bluegrass music. They pick, they sing, and they’re all over YouTube. Some are more traditional, some are fabulous at the contemporary grass sound, and many mesh influences from a number of […]


Bluegrass Weather Report – 1/6/15

| January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report (without the weather), looking at the Bluegrass Superclass festival in Perrysburg, OH.  


Bluegrass Weather Report – 12/30/14

| December 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with a year-end Bluegrass Weather Report, looking at a pair of New Years events.  


Music That Makes Me Happy for 2014

| December 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

As a Bluegrass Today reviewer – not to mention as a bluegrass fan in general – I listen to a lot of music throughout the year. Most of it’s good, some of it’s not so good, but a few albums have been great. There’s twelve […]


Bourbon Barrel Congress

| December 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

On their website. Staunton, Virginia-based band Bourbon Barrel Congress describes their sound as one that “blurs the lines between bluegrass, old-time, folk and country music.” It’s a good description, at least of their debut, self-titled album, which bounces from old-time fiddle tune to mournful Americana […]


Bluegrass Weather Report – Christmas 2014

| December 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s our Special Christmas Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report. It would seem that we are all taking the week off.  


J.D. Crowe Tribute Band in KY

| December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although I was able to see most of the 1990s and 2000s versions of J.D. Crowe & the New South, I never got the chance to attend a performance by what many people consider the classic lineups of the New South – the 1970s groups […]


Behind The Mic with Dennis Jones

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although we certainly have stars in bluegrass music, there’s really more of a feeling of community – shared between fans, musicians (professional and amateur alike), and other folks within the industry – that many other musical genres do not enjoy. It’s not every day that […]


In the Wind Somewhere – Richard Bennett

| December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although I’ve heard quite a few great albums this year, from both new and established artists, one of the strongest and most enjoyable is the newest release from Richard Bennett, In the Wind Somewhere. On this, his second project for eastern Kentucky’s Lonesome Day Records, […]


Nashville – The Osborne Brothers

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although today, the Osborne Brothers are often recognized as symbols of traditional bluegrass, during much of their recording career, they were some of the most adventurous artists in the bluegrass world. They were using country instruments – electric bass, drums, steel guitar, piano – before […]