The Goat Rodeo Sessions

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The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Studio album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile
Released October 24, 2011
Genre Bluegrass, classical
Length 57:18
Label Sony Masterworks
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

The Goat Rodeo Sessions is a 2011 collaborative album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile.

Background[edit]

Meyer previously collaborated with Ma on Appalachia Waltz and Appalachian Journey, and with Thile on Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile. In 2008, Meyer and Thile played on Ma's Songs of Joy and Peace and the three discussed a future collaboration. Along with Duncan, they held their first rehearsal at Ma's house.[2] The compositions are credited to Meyer, Thile, and Duncan—with "Here and Heaven" co-written with Aoife O'Donovan.[3]

The term 'goat rodeo' refers to a chaotic event where many things must go right for the situation to work, a reference to the unusual and challenging aspects of blending classical and bluegrass music. Yo-Yo Ma described a goat rodeo, saying, "If there were forks in the road and each time there was a fork, the right decision was made, then you get to a goat rodeo."[4]

On January 31, 2012, Ma, Meyer, Thile, Duncan, and O'Donovan played their first public concert at the House of Blues in Boston, presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston. The show was streamed in real time to movie theaters in the United States. In addition to songs from the album, they played Johann Sebastian Bach's Gamba Sonata Number 1 Movement 4, Fiddle Medley, and All Through The Night. They released part of the concert as an EP, The Goat Rodeo Sessions Live from the House of Blues, on February 7, 2012. A DVD of the concert, The Goat Rodeo Sessions Live, was released on May 29, 2012.

According to Stuart Duncan, the piece "13:8" isn't a reference to time signature, but rather to the bible verse Hebrews 13:8. At a concert at Tanglewood on August 15, 2013 Duncan told a story about an airline pilot who, every time he was given his dinner by the flight attendant, said, "Hebrews 13:8". She finally looked it up and learned the Bible verse read, "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow." That, he said, was the basis for the title, and music students are wasting their time looking for that time signature within the piece.

Two bonus tracks, Mostly Six Eight and Parallax, were released as a single, More from the Goat Rodeo Sessions, on February 29, 2012.

On February 10, 2013 the album won the Grammy Award for Best Folk Album and the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Attaboy"   5:42
2. "Quarter Chicken Dark"   4:47
3. "Helping Hand"   4:32
4. "Where's My Bow?"   5:29
5. "Here and Heaven" (Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Aoife O'Donovan, Chris Thile) 3:53
6. "Franz and the Eagle"   6:53
7. "Less Is Moi"   7:27
8. "Hill Justice"   4:29
9. "No One But You"   3:54
10. "13:8"   5:54
11. "Goat Rodeo"   4:18

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. The Goat Rodeo Sessions at AllMusic. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
  2. ^ Graff, Gary (October 27, 2011). "Yo-Yo Ma Trades Bach for Bluegrass in 'Goat Rodeo Sessions'". Billboard. 
  3. ^ McCall, Michael (October 24, 2011). "Review: 'Goat Sessions' a genre-blending good time". SFGate. 
  4. ^ "Live on Soundcheck: The Goat Rodeo Sessions". November 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ . The Recording Academy http://www.grammy.com/nominees. Retrieved 2 April 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)