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'Not Our First Goat Rodeo' makes Central Coast Public Radio - Best of 2020

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The DJs at Central Coast Public Radio: KCBX clearly love to explore and enthusiastically share new music. Here are some of their picks for the top albums and songs of 2020. Janelle Younger, host of The Broken Spoke Folk Show comments:

"In looking over my Top Ten list for this year, I'm noticing a common theme – nostalgia. Lots of music that hearkens back to some half-known mythical musical glory days. Sign of the times. It was a strange year for music-makers. Some of these albums were released pre-pandemic; others were recorded in home studios, or groups were assembled virtually. One thing is for certain – difficult times make for good music."

One of her picks is The Sony Music Masterworks release; Not Our First Goat Rodeo. The long-awaited follow-up album to the GRAMMY Award-winning The Goat Rodeo Sessions, with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile.  Making its debut alongside the new album is a live performance video for the song "The Trappings," featuring guest artist Aoife O'Donovan 

Sharing the story behind the track, Yo-Yo Ma recalls: "‘The Trappings' came out of a question of aesthetics. I believe Edgar was talking about pop music, how he used to think, ‘Oh, if something's too poppy, I'm not going to like it.' But that's like saying ‘classical music is boring,' or that jazz, rock, rhythm-and-blues are one way, or even ‘people from different countries are'... You know that as soon as you make a general statement like that, it's not true, because you can think of hundreds, thousands of exceptions. ‘The Trappings' is one of those."

Janelle Younger goes on to say; "The second outing from this loose group of super-talents is a pleasure from beginning to end. You can just imagine the high fives after every recording session – "Dang, we knocked that one out of the park, too!" So much fun hearing fine musicians enjoying themselves."

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