QUARTER CHICKEN DARK VARIOUS ARTISTS THE GOAT RODEO SESSIONS
You know that feeling when discovering new music can feel in fact rather nostalgic. That is what I felt when I first heard the Yo-Yo Ma project, The Goat Rodeo Sessions. This group is made up of four of the most talented musicians on their instruments of choice including Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile. More so, I would even go as far as to say that they are the pioneers of those instruments. “Quarter Chicken Dark” first came to me on a Thile-heavy Pandora station that intrigued me enough to research the project further and to my surprise, this prestigious quartet fell into my lap and I in turn fell for them. While the style of their music is rather collaborative, the sound reminds me a bit of Punch Brothers. Perhaps that is where the sense of nostalgia comes from; finding something new that is reminiscent of something older and rich in sentiment.
How would I characterize this song?… In a nutshell, I see it as Bluegrass Art Music, or artistically contrived bluegrass likely stemmed from the fact that such virtuosic performers are playing in such a common genre. That is what makes this music so genuine; it is hard to pigeonhole. I find that more and more music should be these days and it makes everyone involved (including us the listeners) better for it. Enjoy.