"People may not remember what you said, people may not remember 
what you did but they will never forget how you made them feel"

--Maya Angelou -----Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys agree!!

"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'd be a regular at your gigs."

--Katy Daley, Show Host on WAMU, Bluegrass Country, Washington, DC.  Katy also serves on the IBMA Leadership Bluegrass Planning Committee, the Distinguished Achievement Award Committee and is a Hall of Fame elector.  IBMA Broadcast Personality of the Year Awarded in 2009 and 2011 at the World of Bluegrass in Nashville. October 3, 2012

"Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys are a gold mine for a festival!  They're incredibly talented, versatile, adaptable, and a load of fun. You won't want to let them go home, because you'll want more -- more songs, more workshops, more conversation, and yes, even more jokes."

--Ellen Smith, Festival Team Coordinator, Turtle Hill Folk Festival, Golden Link Folk Singing Society, September 19, 2011

"This is music that makes folks feel good"  
 I know I love it....

--Mary Doub, Founding member of the International Bluegrass Music Association, founding member of the International Bluegrass Music Museum, Producer of Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival and producer of Rhythm and Roots Music Festival,
October 21, 2010

"Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys sound is at once old timey and timeless.
It's the echoes of Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, and Earl Scruggs with a rockabilly edge. Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? ... right here in the sound of the Railroad Boys." 

-- Michael and Emmy Clarke, Producers, The Art Society of Kingston Songwriter Series, March 20, 2012

"Jim writes well-crafted songs that really "work", that is, they are tight, focused and very memorable. The singing and playing are refreshing in the way they support the songs and do not go into needless soloing (i.e "noodling"...). Which is not to take away from the excellent solos by guitarist/mandolinist Sten and especially "monster" fiddler Mat.. And of course, though in a more limited supply, by the irrepressible Bobby.  Also, your use of storytelling and especially humor in the performance are pleasant additions." 

--Jim Burnett,The Stern Old Bachelor of the Airwaves, "Roots Radio" CO-OP, 102.7, Vancouver, BC, March 16, 2012


CD “No Questions Asked” Review

Jim Gaudet’s first musical career was as a guitarist and mandolinist in a string band called the Lost Country Rounders. They didn’t set the world on fire, but they had good fun and put smiles on folks’ faces.

His second, which he launched in his late 30s, was as a singer-songwriter, marrying wry John Prine-like observations to indelible melodies informed by his earlier days. Now Gaudet — who returned to the scene with 2008’s “Re-Calling It Quits” — is knee-deep in his third phase, as a songwriting machine leading a killer little bluegrass combo called The Railroad Boys.

The group’s new album, “No Questions Asked,” brings the genre’s best qualities — true-life songs, three-chord tunes, hot picking and tight harmonies — into deep focus.

Special guest Kevin Maul contributes dobro to many tracks, adding a new flavor found on the band’s proper 2009 debut, “So Far So Good” (although all band members, including mandolinist/guitarist Sten Isachsen, fiddler Time Wechgelaer and bassist, right-hand man and high harmony singer Bob Ristau appeared on “Quits”).

Gaudet also leavens his latest batch of gems (“Power of the Lord,” “Don’t Get on That Train,” the non-bluegrassy “I Lie Awake”) with a few select covers, including Merle Haggard's “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down” and The Beatle's “I’ve Just Seen a Face.”

He also adds his own comic touches to “Gittarr Pick,” penned by Isachsen’s wife, the irrepressible and criminally under-recorded MotherJudge.

Is this a good record?    No Question.

--Michael Eck, Entertainment Writer, Albany Times Union, Novenber 11, 2011

I heard Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys
at International Bluegrass Music Association convention (IBMA) this year, and it ended up being the highlight of the trip.  From the very first song, they had the room up dancing and singing along.  I can’t describe exactly what “it” is, but they have “it”.  The group is really tight and they play as a group, rather than as individuals.  The mandolin and fiddle are right there just where they need to be, and the bass carries everything along whether fast or slow.  Jim with his vocals and guitar just draws you in to whatever story he’s telling.  The bluegrass is there, and they do it well, but they add something of their own that makes them unlike anyone else, mixing in some country, folk and maybe some rock and Mississippi blues.  It’s different and I left wanting to hear more!

--Terry Gold, Trustee, International Bluegrass Music Museum, Owensburg Kentucky, October 22, 2010



CD “So Far So Good” Review

In the case of the new album from sublime roots singer-songwriter Jim Gaudet, “So Far So Good” just doesn’t cut it as a title. Really. He should re-name this sucker, “The Good Just Keeps Gettin’ Better.”


One of Nippertown’s very finest songwriters, Gaudet has a knack for crafting a mighty memorable melody – the kind that’ll get you singing along even on first listen. His delivery is wry and witty, often saying just as much with his pregnant pauses as he does with his lyrics. And lyrically, he’s poetic, literate and more than just clever.


After a string of excellent albums that culminated with “Give Up the Ghost” on the Prime CD label in 1998, Gaudet dropped out of the music scene for nearly a decade, but he came roaring back with the sparkling “Re-Calling It Quits,” one of the best discs of 2007.


And fortunately we didn’t have to wait long for the follow-up, and this one is undoubtedly headed for the 2009 Nippertown Top 10.


While Gaudet fans will embrace the new CD with plenty of enthusiasm, “So Far So Good” is actually something of a departure from Gaudet’s earlier albums.


For one, this is a true band effort, and as befitting the first credited to Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys, the Boys – bassist Bob Ristau, mandolinist-lead guitarist Sten Isachsen and fiddler Tim Wechgelaer – get plenty of opportunity to shine in the spotlight.


Secondly, the album leans away from Gaudet’s usual folk-oriented approach and heads straight into high lonesome bluegrass territory. And these guys nail it. The vocal harmonies simply soar on original gems like “Get Up John” (not the bluegrass classic), “Jealous Heart” and the traditional “Hand Me Down My Walking Cane.”


But this isn’t just strictly a bluegrass album – not by any means. You’ll also find some whiskey-soaked roadhouse honky-tonkers (”Drive” and the love-gone-wrong nugget “Mind Over Matter”), a couple of chuggin’ train songs (the opening “Born to Be Lonesome” and the closing “Railroad Kill Bill”), some country twang (”Callin’ My Name”), a bit of finger-picking folk (”This Time”) and even some heavenly gospel (Gillian Welch’s “By the Mark,” the only cover song on the album).


In short, Gaudet has never sounded better or more confident. His voice is strong, and he takes more chances with it. Compare the title track with the version that Gaudet recorded for his 1994 album, “It’s a Colorful Life,” for example.


Much of the album was recorded live in Bender Studios in Delmar – the musicians playing all together at the same time, rather than layering on the one-at-a-time overdubs. And it shows. The proof is in the rich, warm, organic sound, which brings out the best in these stellar songs.

- - Greg Haymes,
Nippertown.com, Thursday, June 25th, 2009





so far so good

Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys

Booking: 518-438-4777


 CD Release  

The new collection contains 11 songs all of which Gaudet wrote with the exception of the band’s arrangement of Gillian Welch’s gospel tune, “By The Mark.”  Clearly Jim Gaudet set out to showcase his band on this album and he wisely positioned “Born To Be Lonesome” as it’s opener.   The song starts out like a vintage film that’s been shot at the slowest possible speed, shutter barely capturing, “ this train ain’t got no tracks, with no conductor and no ticket to be punched.”  Gradually the Railroad Boys come into focus - kick up the tempo and you feel as though you’re riding on a ghost train to nowhere.   In the liner notes Gaudet describes how he got the spark for the song last summer while the Railroad Boys were up in the Adirondack Mountains performing at the “Otis Mountain Music Festival.” 


Songs like “Get Up John” and “Railroad Bill” would suggest the band had been busy cooking up their own versions of several beloved traditionals’ when in fact the band borrowed titles that came to mind during the crafting of original songs.  In the title track “So Far, So Good” (the group’s token “shout along”) the protagonist takes a romp through a used car lot to a drive-in movie and ends up “stumbling on the real thing” under the stars.  The song is infectious and you can’t help but tap your toes and feel good at the end.  “Jealous Heart” has one of those hauntingly familiar melodies that allows for the harmony parts to stretch out a bit.  Additional tracks include a moody storied song called “This Time,” a companion piece for any long distance venture behind the wheel entitled “Drive” and an accidental composition Callin’ My Name.”


Jim Gaudet is the kind of man who’s not concerned with category or trend, he’s a man who’s made his life out of following his own compass.  This would explain why he chose to keep the project in-house and dedicated to the true live essence of the Railroad Boys ’ sound.


“So Far, So Good” may be the band’s first venture on the rails together but the result is a collection of memorable, hard driving, original compositions, featuring authentic three-part harmony and stellar musicianship.  The CD captures the spirit of the RR Boys while positioning the listener at the starting point of what will surely be a promising journey.

The foursome that make up the Railroad Boys are Jim Gaudet on guitar and vocals, Bob Ristau on harmony vocals and bass, Sten Isachsen on mandolin and
Fender Telecaster and Tim Wechgelaer on harmony vocals and fiddle. 

So Far, So Good” was engineered and produced by Sten Isachesen and mastered by Scott Pettito at NRS Recording Studio.

Here's what Michael Hochanadel of the Daily Gazette had to say regarding the show with The Gibson Brothers:

"The Adirondack-born bluegrassers the Gibson Brothers return to Saratoga Springs on Sunday; not to Caffe Lena which they’ve packed many times, but to Lillian’s Restaurant (408 Broadway, Saratoga Springs). They better bring their A-game: Jim Gaudet and his Railroad Boys open, at 7 p.m.

The Gibsons’ (Eric and Leigh) new album “Iron & Diamonds” is their closest to home, invoking both hard-rock mines and baseball summer afternoons in the Adirondacks.

Gaudet’s “Recalling it Quits” may be the best-ever comeback album in this area, a dazzling return to form by a folk-Americana bard who inspired and influenced every serious songwriter hereabouts before putting music on hold for a decade. Now he’s back doing it again.

Tickets for the Gibson Brothers and Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys (a small combo, tight and tough and tender as the Gibson’s band) are $20". 

--Michael Hochanadel, Daily Gazette, Schenectady NY, February 5, 2009

Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys open for Sugar Hill Records recording artists The Gibson Brothers 

Starving Arts LLC and Saratoga Guitar Present:
The Gibson Brothers

w/ Special Guest Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys
Sunday, February 8th. 2009 - 7:00PM
Upstairs @ The Diamond Jim Brady Room -

Lillian's Restaurant
Saratoga Springs, NY - Tickets $20   

Leigh and Eric Gibson have been performing together since encouraged in their youth by a minister in the borderlands of upstate New York, where they still reside. They received a Best Emerging Artist nod from the IBMA in 1998 and went on to record four albums for Sugar Hill Records- Bona Fide, Long Way Back Home, Red Letter Day, and Iron and Diamonds in 2008.

"Jim Gaudet and the RR Boys can best be characterized as a folk/country fusion group performing Gaudet’s well-crafted songs, filled with humor and insight. The music is entertaining and thought provoking.  His song “The Only One” and an audience participation piece called “So Far, So Good,” and "Split Pea Soup" all pleased. The band’s interactions are enjoyable. While well suited to coffee houses, clubs, and street concerts, this band is eager to broaden its audience and contributes good value to the festival scene."

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August 16 & 17, 2008

"Until Jim Gaudet , only a limited few have had a more prestigious second coming.  On the rare and treasured occasions that I get Jim and the Railroad Boys to play live in our studio, I am fully prepared to stop myself from exclaiming on the open mic things like, Holy ----“!  I am thoroughly prepared for the seemingly push-button excellence, attendance to perfection, the technical mastery, and the textural harmony!  I am prepared for all of it until they start to play and they pulverize my expectations. And it’s not that they do it; its how. 
The infectious good will, confidence, and general, “yep, we got it” outlook with zero ego attached make me feel like the “Lucky One” (title of one of Jim Gaudet ’s earlier songs) – for I get to observe and enjoy the best in the business merely at the top of their game."

- -Arthur Gonick,
DJ/Host, WSPN-FM, Saratoga Springs , NY ,  June 12, 2008

Jim Gaudet's 'Recalling It Quits' a sparkling release

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"One of the most respected literate musical talents on the capital region scene, JIM GAUDET is the rare singer/songwriter capable of dancing across the tightrope that stretches between wit and wisdom. Over the course of 5 stellar solo albums, GAUDET poured out finely crafted, deceptively simple musical stories that were by turn wry, socially aware, poignant and darkly humorous. Following the release of his 1998 album "Give Up The Ghost" GAUDET did just that, retiring from his burgeoning musical career to focus his attention on his family. Now, almost a decade later, he's in the studio making marvelous music once again, and he's back in the spotlight again too, having recently performed sold-out shows at both Caffe Lena's and the WAMC Performing Arts studio, "Linda Norris auditorium". Local fans couldn't be happier!"

- - Greg Haymes, Preview, Albany Times-Union, March 29, 2007


"For Jim Gaudet the equation is simple, straightforward, powerful performance plus user friendly repertoire equals accessible, consistent, lasting entertainment."

- - Ellen Geisel, Hudson Valley Magazine

"His vital expressive bluesy vocals speak insightful stories in song well worth hearing"

- - Stephen Ide, PATRIOT LEDGER,
Quincy, MA

"Listen to the sweet sounds created by his gritty voice and poetry."

- - Ellen Geisel,

"Gaudet takes a straightforward, honest approach to his music, infusing songs with a subtle, naked power that's breathtaking and heartbreaking."

- - Greg Haymes,

"His songwriting has the candor and courage of a secret diary; and you don't have to read between the lines to see the importance of his work."

- - Michael Hochanadel,
Schenectady Gazette

"This work, recorded direct to digital, combines live tracks with studio recordings, and overdubs only Jane Rothfield's fiddle. ... Gaudet sings with a pleasing voice accompanied by acoustic guitar, sometimes enhanced by Rothfield's fiddle and a female backup vocalist. Some of Gaudet's humorous songs sound a little like Steve Key, "What Do You Think About That" is an amusing narrative, and "In Real Life" a Walter Mitty fantasy unfolds. "Common Man" cleverly addresses the nation's gambling mania. "The Boy Who Would Be King" is a sympathetic homage to Elvis, who also pops up elsewhere on the album. "Red Doyle" is a terrific narrative that sounds like a traditional broadside, dealing with building preservation. Gaudet recorded an album to treasure...

- - R. Warr

"... The allure of [Jim Gaudet's] ... songwriting is built upon his storytelling prowess, which is at once captivating and convincing. Gaudet has that rare ability to relate the very essence of being human with out sinking into cliches. With an engaging performing style and the clever use of wit, gentle compassion, and acute observation, Gaudet seduces the listener into his poetic visions. Whether he tackles daydreaming, "In Real Life," marital sexual tension, "What Do You Think About That," or Elvis Presley's legacy, "The Boy Who Would Be King," Gaudet's songs honestly portray contemporary life in a refreshing manner. Based in Albany, New York, he has been a staple on the rosters of many a regional coffeehouse, club, and concert hall. You will find him opening up shows for the likes of Maura O'Connell, John Gorka and Cheryl Wheeler, or headlining at places like the PostCrypt in New York City...Don't miss him!"

- - Andrzej Pilarczyk- Jazz It Up-








Past Venues List

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Oak Hill, NY

Wintergrass International Music Festival, Seattle, WA

Joe Val Bluegrass Festival,
Framingham, MA

Podunk Bluegrass Festival, East Hartford, CT

Roots on The River Festival, Bellows Falls, VT

Otis Mountain Music Festival
Elizabethtown, NY

Bennington Irish Music Festival, Bennington, VT

Turtle Hill Folk Festival, Rush, NY

Showcase: 2010, 2011, 2012 (IBMA) International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass, Nashville, TN

Showcase: Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA)

Guilderland Performing Arts Center, Guilderland, NY

Bound for Glory, WFUV, Ithaca, NY

Kirkland Arts Center, Clinton, NY

Golden Link Concert Series, Rochester, NY

Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY





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