September 24, 2016
Though many describe The Railroad Boys’ sound to be bluegrass, we prefer to call it “Hillbilly Rock ‘n’ Roll”!
Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys deliver exciting, contemporary songs steeped in the tradition of Acoustic Americana Roots Music. Traditional mountain style fuses with Gaudet’s contemporary folk songwriting in a body of work that is dynamic and diverse. His percussive rhythms are the perfect springboard for his weathered, penetrating voice; and his melodies are downright infectious. Crowds of all ages love the band’s playful, down-home humor. Gaudet on guitar and lead vocals is joined by an all-star cast of Bobby Ristau on upright bass, Sten Isachsen on mandolin and vocals, and Tucker Callander on fiddle. The arrangements engage audiences with just the right amount of gusto and drive.
Based in Albany, NY, Jim Gaudet has been part of the folk music world since 1989. As a solo singer-songwriter, he signed with David Seitz and recorded two CDs on the 1-800-Prime CD label. Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys have been together since 2007 and have recorded four CDs. Recent performance credits include Wintergrass, Joe Val, Podunk and Grey Fox festivals. They were selected in 2013 to fill a coveted spot in IBMA’s Bluegrass Ramble in Raleigh, NC. 2015 brought them an appearance on Music City Roots Live from The Factory PBS broadcast. They were selected as Formal Showcase artists at the 2015 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference. The highly respected international publication Bluegrass Unlimited ran a February 2016 feature article on the band.
“I was really taken with his original writing… You remember the songs. I liked the originality of his voice. I felt he was such a communicator and had such charisma when he’s on stage. He fits, in so many ways, the band, the original songs. The music is great, but the entertainment value is huge.” –Mary Doub, founding member of the International Bluegrass Music Association, founding member of the International Bluegrass Music Museum, and producer of Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
“Call it bluegrass or hillbilly rock ‘n’ roll, when Jim Gaudet gets on stage, deep down he’s a folk singer. He weaves storytelling into his music, and tells humorous anecdotal stories between the songs. He’ll even have you singing along, Pete Seeger style, to songs such as ‘So Far So Good’. It’s that connection to the audience that means the world to him. It’s what keeps him going.” –Andy Flynn from Hungry Bear Publishing, in a Bluegrass Unlimited magazine feature
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