On This Day …. On February 27, 1967, Carolyn Routh, lead vocalist and bass player for Nu-Blu, was born in Siler City, North Carolina. Ms Routh has loved music for as long as she can remember. She started singing at church and was always involved […]
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.
Hard-driving modern traditional bluegrass is everywhere these days. Songs that fall into this category usually hit on all of the bluegrass standards – heartbreak, moonshine, trains, etc. – but rarely do you ever hear Gospel music with that banjo-fueled, heavy-hitting sound. J.D. Messer & Sanctified, […]
Bluegrass musicians who perform Gospel music usually choose from one of several paths. There’s the traditional style of bluegrass Gospel, made classic by Flatt and Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers, and the like. There are the a capella numbers favored by groups such as Doyle Lawson […]
While traditional bluegrass has been on an upswing over the past few years, so have a number of varieties on the edge of the genre which blend bluegrass instrumentation with everything under the sun. The Dirty River Ramblers, a new group from Nebraska, fall into […]
Germany’s Bear Family Records has become known in the traditional music world for its superbly curated box sets, featuring entire catalogs from artists such as Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, and The Carter Family. The company’s most recent traditional release is The Johnson City Sessions: […]