Goat Rodeo Featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile & More Performs ‘The Trappings’ For ‘Colbert’

By Scott Bernstein Jul 31, 2020 1:02 pm PDT

Supergroup Goat Rodeo featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist Chris Thile, multi-instrumentalist Stuart Duncan and bassist Edgar Meyer are featured in the latest installment of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert‘s #PlayAtHome video series. The quartet is joined by vocalist Aoife O’Donovan for a performance of “The Trappings.”

“The Trappings” appears on the group’s recently released sophomore studio album, Not Our First Goat Rodeo. O’Donovan is also featured on the studio version of the song from the quartet’s first LP since 2011’s The Goat Rodeo Sessions.

Yo-Ya Ma told the tale of “The Trappings” in a statement:

‘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.

Goat Rodeo and O’Donovan recorded “The Trappings” for #PlayAtHome remotely. See how it turned out below:

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