Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Yo-Yo Ma The Goat Rodeo Sessions CD {review + giveaway}

I was a skeptic when I saw the name “Goat Rodeo Sessions” but seeing that Yo-Yo Ma plays a huge part in this title I was obviously one to hear it out. After reading up a bit I noted that in an interview, the artists explain that they chose the title from the Urban Dictionary, which defines “goat rodeo” as a situation that order cannot be brought to at any time, and how anything could have gone wrong with the production of this album. Another thing that threw me is that this musical work of art is categorized under Bluegrass. And if you know me personally ( even though I grew up in the deep south), you’ll know that Bluegrass music isn’t one that I typically go to but this CD had me hooked from the first track.

The album uniquely showcases cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bassist Edgar Meyer, mandolinist Chris Thile and fiddler Stuart Duncan. While each musician is a renowned superstar in his own music sphere, they have come together now as a unified ensemble on a most remarkable and organic cross-genre project stemming from their friendship, and the title concept. The album also includes two vocal tracks featuring Thile and guest artist Aoife O’Donovan, the lead vocalist and writer for progressive bluegrass group Crooked Still.

While everyone personalized their own definition of “goat rodeo” Yo-Yo Ma sums it up: “In the end, what we’re trying to do is simply make music that transcends whatever roots or categories or backgrounds that it starts from–that just exists as something that we’re trying to express, through our community of values, as a moment in time creating very special music.”

I would say to hurry on out to get this title! It’s sure to be enjoyed with any one for a love of instruments and exceptionally well put together music. It’s so good I’m about at a loss of words to express my general gratitude that I get the opportunity to play this music in my home daily.  It’s exciting, eclectic, and absolutely indescribable. I honestly can’t pick a favorite track because they are all so good. This album is sure to take your very breath away and refresh your soul.

For email updates and information on this title please visit If interested in owning this wonderful CD, you can purchase The Goat Rodeo Sessions on for 11.88 eligible for free super saving shipping. Available through other known retailers as well. It would make a wonderful stocking stuffer this Holiday season!

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