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John Curtis Goad Announces Single "Regina" from New Album

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 ReginaThe release of the first single from John Curtis Goad's upcoming debut solo album has been announced. "Regina" tells a classic bluegrass story - a man, wrongly accused of a crime, waits for the one he loves. Of course, as with all good bluegrass songs, there's just a little bit more to the story than first appears. "Regina" was originally recorded by Lester Flatt & the Nashville Grass in the 1970s, but John has given the song a smooth, modern traditional update.

For his first solo project, John, a graduate of East Tennessee State University's Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program, has brought together several friends from the university and the Tri-Cities region. Special guests on the first single include 11-time IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year Adam Steffey, National Bluegrass Banjo champion Brandon Green, longtime Rhonda Vincent & the Rage fiddler Hunter Berry, bassist Tony Mowell of Newtown, and noted vocalist and songwriter Daniel Salyer.

John Curtis GoadA native of northeast Tennessee, John currently works as a graduate assistant in ETSU’s Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program while he pursues two master’s degrees in Appalachian Studies and Liberal Studies. Over the past several years, he has spent time playing with several bluegrass groups, including Tri-Cities favorites The Shadow Drifters as well as his recently formed band, The New Hawkins County Grass. He has filled in with groups such as Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, Brand New Strings, and the James King Band, while also participating in a number of ETSU bluegrass, country, and old time bands.

For John, involvement in bluegrass music is not limited to his musical talent. He has been a contributing writer to Bluegrass Today, the premier online bluegrass music news source, since its founding in 2011. He was nominated for the 2014 IBMA Bluegrass Print/Media Person of the Year for his work there. John also serves in several leadership roles within the bluegrass community as the Print, Media, & Education representative on the IBMA Board of Directors and on the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music’s Professional Advisory Council.

Regina is available now for public purchase through CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon. It is also available for broadcasters through Airplay Direct. John's debut album is slated for a late spring release.

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