Stephenson Center for Appalachia to host the Bluegrass band Hawkins County Grass on July 23

July 21, 2014

If you love Bluegrass music, the Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College invites you to join us for an evening of rhythmic fun on Wednesday, July 23 from 7-8 p.m. John Goad and Hawkins County Grass will present an hour of modern traditional bluegrass in Evans Auditorium of the Cannon Student Center on the campus of Lees-McRae College. This event is free and open to the public.

Guitarist John Goad, one of the first graduates to receive East Tennessee State University’s degree in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies, formed the band shortly after graduating, and they have performed in venues throughout East Tennessee.  Goad began active participation in the bluegrass music scene as a teenager to carry on his family’s musical tradition.

“Bluegrass has emerged from Appalachia’s musical heritage, and we embrace this authentically American form as part of our rich culture,” said Dr. Michael Joslin, director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia. “We are fortunate to have John’s band as part of our lecture series this summer. We invite everyone to join us to hear Hawkins County Grass.”

The Stephenson Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Each program begins at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, July 9, 16, and 23. For more information, please contact Megan Hall, director of communications, at 828.898.8729 or

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Guitarist John Goad of Hawkins County Grass