Thursday 25 October 2012

Defying Categorization

Here's a record that defies categorization. Take Yo-Yo Ma, world-renown classical cellist, plus three accomplished eclectic musicians steeped in Bluegrass, and what do you get? Answer - the Goat Rodeo Sessions!

I thought the best way to describe this to you would be to post a good quality YouTube link, featuring the band playing three tunes from the album courtesy of NPR (National Public Radio).  Goat Rodeo Sessions is a breath of fresh air in a musical world in which albums are sadly becoming more and more compartmentalized according to a bewildering variety of genres which most people I know are at a loss to identify.  Anything which can't be neatly slotted into a convenient consumer category (one that some marketing suit can locate on his spreadsheet) is always going to be a tough sell.  Props to these guys for putting this project together - although when one of them has Yo-Yo Ma's name recognition, that is always going to help!

Goat Rodeo Sessions takes a few listens to really get into it, but isn't that always how it is with all of your absolute favorite albums?  Give it a shot - you won't be disappointed.