Dear Sirs and Madame:
I had the great good fortune to catch the last 2/3 of your set at the Bluegrass Jamboree in Brooklyn. A multitude of prior commitments threatened to make me miss the entire day’s events, but I stubbornly made my way to the auditorium by about 9 PM hoping for a chance to grab some lightning in a bottle. I went from never having known of you to becoming a dedicatee by the end of two numbers. Next day I went for a 10 mile run (I know the reasons that I run…), and your band were my accompaniment for the whole 90-odd minutes. It’s so pleasant to take a journey through new music, especially when each new friend is as easy on the ear as the preceding one. Congratulations on your wonderful catalogue, and please excuse my late entrance onto the band wagon. All the best to each and every one of you.
Kevin Hogan, Brooklyn, New York
PS – yes I already “liked” your Facebook page, did it from my phone in the auditorium while you were playing…
So, in truth, we came to your show at Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem, PA because our friends make up the Last Small Town (the opening band) – I was not familiar with you or your band at all… and was just blown away. Your arrangements – your musicality and your smiley bass player left a HUGE impression on me and my husband, Dave. We play in our own band – and some of the things we heard you do were so inspiring… I feel like your show was 70% enjoyment and 30% school (maybe the other way around) – so thank you so much for that. I just wanted you guys to know how much we love what you guys are doing!
–Kelly Planer, Musician, Photographer
“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.
“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
“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
“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
“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
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
“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 CaffeLena’s and the WAMC Performing Arts studio, “Linda Norris auditorium”. Local fans couldn’t be happier!”
– – Greg Haymes, PREVIEW, ALBANY TIMES-UNION
“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, DIRTY LINEN
“Gaudet takes a straightforward, honest approach to his music, infusing songs with a subtle, naked power that’s breathtaking and heartbreaking.”
– – Greg Haymes, ALBANY TIMES UNION
“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 SING OUT! THE FOLK SONG MAGAZINE
“… 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- THE SOURCE MAGAZINE