Grey Fox producer, Mary Tyler Doub, one of the leading movers and shakers in the world of bluegrass music, stated
“What spoke to me first were Jim’s songs and his voice. He didn’t sound like other singers and I like that uniqueness very much. His lyrics and melodies struck me as fresh and powerful. I wanted those songs and that energy and that sound at Grey Fox.”
Doub continues, “Their talent was obvious, their personalities disarming and it was clear they were a perfect fit for the festival. Our friendship was instant and I felt a level of trust that you rarely find in this business.
These guys are the real deal.”
“Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys specialize in a Cajun flavored bluegrass often containing wickedly funny, all original, satirical lyrics. They are consistently entertaining and have attracted an avid, loyal audience. Don’t miss an opportunity to see this band which offers a change of pace and a lot of up tempo fun.” –Ted Lehmann, Nominated for the 2014 IBMA Print/Media Person of The Year
The band also recently answered an invitation to perform live on WAMU’s Bluegrass Country with host Katy Daley in Washington, DC… arguably the most sought after bluegrass radio show in the U.S. Their performance so impressed the NPR station’s producers that it was chosen to be rebroadcast on the popular show, Editor’s Picks.
Katy said, “Loved having you on the show, please plan on coming back with your new CD. You are an excellent songwriter and if l lived in the Albany area, l would be a regular at your gigs.”
“Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys are doing the Capital Region bluegrass scene mighty proud. They’ve gone from local hero status to national bluegrass band on the rise.” –Sarah Craig, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY
Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys have played four International Bluegrass Music Association festivals that have a history of being voted festivals of the year: Wintergrass, Seattle (WA); Joe Val Boston (MA); Podunk Hartford (CT), Grey Fox in Oak Hill (NY); and were selected to fill a coveted spot in IBMA’s 2013 Bluegrass Ramble in Raleigh, NC.
The Railroad Boys are still riding on the success of their most recent release “Reasons That I Run”. The band’s fourth CD, “Reasons That I Run”, highlights the latest collection of Jim’s stories and songs. As always, the themes of his work can be widely varied. For this recording the stories can range from not wanting to dance to a DJ at a family get together (I Ain’t Getting’ Up), to the murder of a gypsy boy in the quest of rescuing the girl with the golden hair (Justify My Soul).
THE RAILROAD BOYS PHILOSOPHY
lt is the basic philosophy of The RR Boys that audience participation leads to a deeper and more meaningful connection. It is typical to hear the band’s audience enthusiastically whooping it up during songs like their signature “shout along” titled “So Far So Good.” The RR Boy’s closeness with their listeners is obvious no matter where they perform. They consistently close the gap between themselves and their audience, essentially creating one big “down home” family who’ve been brought together by their shared experience through The RR Boys songs and musical stories.
The band supports Gaudet’s songs with just the right amount of gusto and drive. The core of the group is Bobby Ristau, upright bass and backing vocals, and Sten Isachsen, mandolin and backing vocals. Other band members may include Mat Kane on fiddle, Scott Hopkins on banjo and backing vocals, Sara Milonovich on fiddle, and Kevin Maul on dobro.