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The Goat Rodeo Sessions On World Cafe | December 21, 2011

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Four string virtuosos, each hailing from bluegrass or classical backgrounds, recently came together to bring the world a wonderful mix of the two genres in The Goat Rodeo Sessions. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, fiddler Stuart Duncan, bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolinist Chris Thile collaborated for two short and gloriously productive days to create 11 tracks of vibrant classical crossover music.

Also featuring the vocals of Aoife O'Donovan (Crooked Still, Sometymes Why), it's an endlessly moving and ambitious album. The term "goat rodeo" refers to a chaotic, on-the-edge-of-unmanageable situation — but also one with many diverse parts that can come together perfectly. Organic yet composed in a way that only four deeply talented, in-tune musicians could make it, The Goat Rodeo Sessions also hints at Appalachia, Chinese classical, Celtic and jazz influences. If there was ever an album — or an unlikely band — that embodies the word "eclectic," this is it.(link)\


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

The Avett Brothers "I And Love And You" I And Love And You
Hayes Carll "Hard Out Here" Kamg Yoyo
Nickel Creek "Smoothie Song" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((The Goat Rodeo Sessions "Quarter Chicken Dark" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

The Goat Rodeo Sessions "Quarter Chicken Dark" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Goat Rodeo Sessions "Less is Moi" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Goat Rodeo Sessions 'Parallax" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Laura Cantrell "Letters" Humming By The Flowered Vine))

Laura Marling "Sophia" A Creature I Don't Know
The Decemberists "Down By the River" The King is Dead
Josh Ritter "Right Moves" Live at the 9:30 Club

Hour 2

Coldplay "Hurts Like Heaven" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Eleanor Friedberger "My Mistakes" Last Summer
Llyod Cole *The Commotion "Perfect Skin" Rattlesnakes
REM "Talk About the Passion" Murmur Deluxe

((Spoon "Anything You Want" Girls Can Tell))

Mayer Hawthorne "The Walk" How Do You Do
Edwyn Collins "A Girl Like You" Gorgeous George
Arcade Fire "Modern Man" The Suburbs
World Party "All Come True" Private Revolution

((Elliott Smith "Coast To Coast" From A Basement On The Hill}))

Middle Brother "Portland" Middle Brother
The Replacements "I'll Be You" Don't Tell a Soul
Dum Dum Girls "Bedroom Eyes" Once in Dreams
David Bowie "Oh! You Pretty Things" Hunky Dory

((Mumford & Sons "Little Lion Man" Sigh No More))