Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Goat Rodeo Sessions

Hobbs has posted in the past on “supergroups” such as SuperHeavy, but one group of four individuals has caught the eye of classical and bluegrass fans alike with something called The Goat Rodeo Sessions. “Goat rodeo” is a term that can be translated simply into “a chaotic situation,” which is quite fitting for this particular group of musicians. Yo-Yo Ma, a renowned cellist, has created this chaos along with fiddler of the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Stuart Duncan, double bassist Edgar Meyer, and current Punch Brother, Chris Thile, on the mandolin (who I recommend everyone look more into for arguably some of the world's best mandolin playing). Together, these four produce a sound that is said to be “genre-proof.” It is definitely chaotic, but in a very organized way (if that makes sense).

Yo-Yo Ma has worked together previously with Meyer on albums such as Appalachian Waltz and Appalachian Journey (both which are well worth your time), but other than that, these four seem to be working on the fly. Most of their work is solely instrumental, however, two tracks (including Here and Heaven, posted below) feature Aoife O’Donovan accompanying Thile on vocals.

This supergroup has a 5 track live EP recorded from The House of Blues that is to be released February 7th. But in the meantime, check out their studio album, simply titled, The Goat Rodeo Sessions. And be sure to check out this group’s one night premier of their Live EP in theaters January 31st. Tickets can be purchased here. Enjoy.

Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile - Attaboy

Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile - Here and Heaven

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