Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys

Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys

 Albany, New York, USA
BandAmericanaBluegrass

Hard-driving, up-tempo acoustic Americana Roots music from the traditions of country, folk, and bluegrass.
Jim's creative original story songs (anywhere from food to murder) are the main focus of the band.
Can be heard regionally in the Northeast on all NPR stations and nationally on XM Radio.

Biography

The Railroad Boys sound is steeped in the tradition of Acoustic Americana Roots Music. They deliver a dynamic blend of traditional mountain music fused with Gaudets diverse contemporary songwriting. Gaudets unique percussive rhythms become the perfect springboard for his voice to follow and his melodies are downright infectious. Its typical during any live performance to see the bands fans shouting right along on favorites like So Far So Good.
Gaudet has assembled a strong cast of characters in the Railroad Boys. Individually the Railroad Boys are Jim Gaudet on guitar and vocals, Bobby Ristau on bass and vocals, Sten Isachsen on mandolin, Mat Kane on fiddle, and Scott Hopkins on banjo.

History
2007-Present
Jim Gaudet released ReCalling it Quits in 2007. Packed with some sixteen tunes it would seem the songwriter was hitting his stride. Gaudets Railroad Boys became the perfect foil for what is now happening with his music.

Albany NY Times-Union music critic Greg Haymes put it like this, 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. Gaudet pours out finely crafted, deceptively simple musical stories. I say Amen to that!

Jim Gaudet is the kind of man whos not concerned with category or trend, hes a man whos made his life out of following his own compass. This would explain why he chose to keep the 2009, CD project, titled So Far, So Good in-house and dedicated to the true live essence of the Railroad Boys sound.

So Far, So Good was the bands first venture on the rails together and 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 Railroad Boys while positioning the listener at the starting point of what will surely be a promising journey.

Its no secret that Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys had a very good year in 2011. Coming off their second straight appearance at the 2011 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival held on Walsh Farm in Oak Hill, NY, Jim and his posse entertained festival goers with their hybrid folk grass, jokes and pokes. In August the band was off to the Podunk Bluegrass Festival in Hartford, CT., where the Railroad Boys were one of the emerging band finalists and where they also garnered the fan favorite title.
The next stop was a first time performance at the Bennington Irish Music Festival in Vermont and finally finishing out the summer 2011 festival season with a packed weekend of workshops and performances at the Golden Link Folk Societys Turtle Hill Folk Festival in Rush, NY. The band performed at Turtle Hill along side songwriter Pierce Pettis, husband and wife musical duo Jay Unger and Molly Mason and others.

The big news for the summer of 2011 was the bands second release titled No Questions Asked. The Cd is stacked with fourteen songs that cover an array of themes. From the opening song This Town Blues to the closing track A Song for Father Young, you get the sense that no topic is off limits for Gaudets microscopic detail. From love gone wrong songs like Take Me Back to Dont Get On that Train Gaudet transports us. The total sum of No Questions Asked is exemplar of well crafted original song writing, stellar musicianship and impressive vocal harmony performances.

Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys have been very much encouraged and excited by their showing at the 2011 International Bluegrass Music Associations (IBMA) Convention in Nashville Tennessee. They had two successful after-hours showcase performances.

2012 began with a showcase appearance at The Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Boston, MA
Followed by two overwhelmingly successful sets at The 2012 Wintergrass International Music Festival, Seattle, WA

Lyrics

Jealous Heart

Written By: Jim Gaudet


There was a time when I was to blame
Its been so long now that I’ve changed
How many times must I be told
Your jealous heart has grown so cold

Jealous Heart I beg of you
Set me free what can I do
Those lonely nights I walk the floor
I can’t stand it anymore

Your eyes they see a different picture
Your ears they hear a different tone
Your voice it speaks those words of anger
I never felt this all alone

Jealous Heart I beg of you
Set me free what can I do
Those lonely nights I walk the floor
I can’t stand it anymore

Another time another place
Another dream another chase
Another cheek that I’ll have to turn
Another thing I’ll have to learn

Jealous Heart I beg of you
Set me free what can I do
Those lonely nights I walk the floor
I can’t stand it anymore
I just can’t stand it anymore
I just can’t stand it anymore

This Time

Written By: Jim Gaudet

Well I’m down and I’m angry
And I’m hard pressed to forget about it
I just don’t think I can let it go this time

Another trip around the sun
And I’ll make the changes just to make
You realize I’m serious this time

Chorus: All the hoot owls they call to me
And the hound dogs all know my name
I don’t have a thing to say
I just don’t know why I feel this way

Fooled myself into thinking
That time would have a better way
Of dealing me this destiny this time, this time

I am left with my heart aching
‘Cause I hardly ever knew that you
Were thinkin’ about leaving this time, this time

Chorus: All the hoot owls they call to me
And the hound dogs all know my name
I don’t have a thing to say
I just don’t know why I feel this way

The Wind Blows Cold

Written By: Jim Gaudet

The wind blows cold in this here town
The wind blows cold in this here town
Since my good gal, went and let me down
The wind blows cold in this here town

Her love was almost the death of me
Her love was almost the death of me
I don't know how and I don't why I could not just let her be
Her love was almost the death of me

I had no bullets but I had a gun
I had no bullets but I had a gun
I was just gonna scare him 'nuff to make him run
I had no bullets but I had a gun

The police went and shot him down
The police went and shot him down
He grabbed my gun just as they busted in,
shots rang out all around
The police went and shot him down

I lay my head down but I can't take no rest
I lay my head down but I can't take no rest
I ask the lord, am I cursed or am I blessed
I lay my head down but I can't take no rest

The wind blows cold in this here town

Callin' My Name

Written By: Jim Gaudet

I thought I heard her call my name
I's underneath the backporch light
you know I almost turned around
but if my memory serves me right
she left a long time ago
on a west bound train
and everytime the whistle blows
I think she's callin' my name
CHORUS
I think she's calling my name
whispers in my ear
I try so hard to shut it out
but it's the only thing I hear
I think she's calling my name
listen real close
you'll hear the moan of a broken heart
everytime the whistle blows

I'm going down to the station
gonna hop a frieght and ride
engineer just blow your whistle
it's gonna help me decide
if i'm on the wrong track
and all else fails
I'll hear your voice when the whistle blows
'cause I'll be ridin' on the rails

CHORUS (Repeat)

We Talked About The Rain

Written By: Jim Gaudet

ISN'T IT CRAZY TO THINK THAT WE'D MEET LIKE THIS
AFTER ALL THIS TIME
IT JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU, WHAT CHANCE CAN DO
I'M CAUGHT OFF GUARD, THE SCENES NOT RIGHT, BUT MY DREAMS ARE ALIVE FOR THE MOMENT,
SHOULD I ASK TO START ANEW

I HAVE MEMORIZED A THOUSAND LINES TO PREPARE FOR THIS, IT WOULD HAPPEN IN A SPECIAL WAY
OUR EYES WOULD CATCH, OUR HEARTS WOULD TOUCH,
YOU WOULD TAKE MY HAND AND WE'D WALK OFF TOGETHER,
BUT THESE WERE THINGS THAT I COULDN'T SAY

CHORUS: SO WE TALKED ABOUT THE RAIN
AND THE THINGS THAT DIDN'T MATTER
WE TALKED ABOUT SOME FRIEND
THAT WE HARDLY EVEN KNEW
WE TALKED ABOUT WHAT'S NEW
AND HOW THINGS WERE GOIN'
WE TALKED ABOUT THE RAIN, REPEAT

I NEVER MENTIONED TO YOU THAT YOUR PICTURE STANDS ON MY DRESSER STILL,
I'VE HAD NO REASON TO TAKE IT DOWN
AND I NEVER TOLD YOU HOW YOUR ALMOND EYES, HAUNT MY DREAMS, AND HOW THEY SPEAK WITHOUT A SOUND

CHORUS : WE TALKED ABOUT THE RAIN....................

SO I LOOKED BACK AND WATCHED AS YOU WALKED AWAY TO KEEP SOME APPOINTMENT,
I'VE BEEN LOOKING BACK SO LONG
NOW ALL THAT'S LEFT FOR ME, IS TO LOOK AHEAD FOR ANOTHER CHANCE, 'CAUSE THIS TIMES CHANCE IS ALL BUT GONE.

CHORUS : BECAUSE WE TALKED ABOUT THE RAIN
AND THE THINGS THAT DIDN'T MATTER
WE TALKED ABOUT SOME FRIEND
THAT WE HARDLY EVEN KNEW
WE TALKED ABOUT WHAT'S NEW
AND HOW THINGS WERE GOIN'
WE TALKED ABOUT THE RAIN,
WE TALKED ABOUT THE RAIN
THAT DAMNED OLD RAIN

JOHNNY WAS AN OUTLAW

Written By: JIM GAUDET

Johnny Was An Outlaw JIM GAUDET
JOHNNY WAS AN OUTLAW, I READ IT IN THE PAPER
THEY SWORE THAT THEY WOULD GET HIM, SOONER THAN LATER
WE WERE LIKE BROTHERS, SINCE WE BOTH WERE KIDS
STILL CAN’T BELIEVE ALL THE THINGS THEY SAY HE DID
CHORUS : I DON’T NEED TO BE TOLD WHAT HE DID WASN’T RIGHT
THERE’S GOODNESS IN HIS SOUL
L DON’T KNOW WHERE HE WENT WRONG
ALL I KNOW IS JOHNNY’S GONE
HE LOST HIS JOB AND HIS FAMILY, SO JOHNNY WAS A DESPERATE MAN
HE PUT ON A BLACK SKI MASK, TOOK MATTTERS INTO HIS OWN HANDS
I WAS IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME, ADIRONDACK SAVINGS AND LOAN,
I KNEW THE MAN UNDER THE MASK, THEN JOHNNY KNEW THAT HIS COVER WAS BLOWN
CHORUS :
THEY CALLED ME FROM THE PRECINCT, AS A PERSON OF INTEREST
THEY SAY THEY GOT SOME QUESTIONS AND A LIE DETECTOR TEST
SPOKEN WORD, THEY THINK I WAS PART OF THE OPERATION,
WHERE’D JOHNNY GET THE 44 ?
WHAT ABOUT THE CELL PHONE NUMBER ?
AND WHY WASN’T I LYIN’ FACE DOWN ON THE BANK FLOOR
GONE GONE GONE GONE
REPEAT FIRST TWO LINES

JOHNNY WAS AN OUTLAW

Written By: JIM GAUDET

Johnny Was An Outlaw JIM GAUDET
JOHNNY WAS AN OUTLAW, I READ IT IN THE PAPER
THEY SWORE THAT THEY WOULD GET HIM, SOONER THAN LATER
WE WERE LIKE BROTHERS, SINCE WE BOTH WERE KIDS
STILL CAN’T BELIEVE ALL THE THINGS THEY SAY HE DID
CHORUS : I DON’T NEED TO BE TOLD WHAT HE DID WASN’T RIGHT
THERE’S GOODNESS IN HIS SOUL
L DON’T KNOW WHERE HE WENT WRONG
ALL I KNOW IS JOHNNY’S GONE
HE LOST HIS JOB AND HIS FAMILY, SO JOHNNY WAS A DESPERATE MAN
HE PUT ON A BLACK SKI MASK, TOOK MATTTERS INTO HIS OWN HANDS
I WAS IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME, ADIRONDACK SAVINGS AND LOAN,
I KNEW THE MAN UNDER THE MASK, THEN JOHNNY KNEW THAT HIS COVER WAS BLOWN
CHORUS :
THEY CALLED ME FROM THE PRECINCT, AS A PERSON OF INTEREST
THEY SAY THEY GOT SOME QUESTIONS AND A LIE DETECTOR TEST
SPOKEN WORD, THEY THINK I WAS PART OF THE OPERATION,
WHERE’D JOHNNY GET THE 44 ?
WHAT ABOUT THE CELL PHONE NUMBER ?
AND WHY WASN’T I LYIN’ FACE DOWN ON THE BANK FLOOR
GONE GONE GONE GONE
REPEAT FIRST TWO LINES

Darkside of Lonesome

Written By: Jim Gaudet

I’M ON THE DARK SIDE OF LONESOME, WRONG SIDE OF TOWN
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING, NOWHERE TO BE FOUND
I’M ON A DEAD END STREET, GOIN DOOR TO DOOR
SO AFRAID, OF WHAT I’M LOOKIN' FOR

BRIDGE: SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND, KNOCK AND THE DOOR WILL BE OPEN
THEY SAY, IT’S JUST A MATTER OF TIME, TRUER WORDS NEVER HAVE BEEN SPOKEN

THAT’S THE WAY THE COOKIE CRUMBLES
THAT’S HOW THE STORY GOES
THE DEVILS IN THE DETAILS
SO ONLY HEAVEN KNOWS
DELIVER US FROM EVIL, FOREVER EVER AMEN
I THOUGHT MY FAITH WAS GONE
LOOKS LIKE IT’S BACK AGAIN

BRIDGE: SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND, KNOCK AND THE DOOR WILL BE OPEN
THEY SAY IT’S JUST A MATTER OF TIME, MANY ARE CALLED, FEW ARE CHOSEN

I’M ON THE DARK SIDE OF LONESOME
HOW DID I GET IN THIS PLACE
GOT ALL THESE DREAMS THAT I HAVE TO CHASE

Reasons That I Run

Written By: Jim Gaudet

REASONS THAT I RUN, BY JIM GAUDET,

MY NAME IS BILLY MATSON, MY AGE IS TWENTY THREE
POSSE’S A PLENTY BOYS HAVE A BOUNTY OUT ON ME
I ROBBED A TRAIN IN TUCUMCARI, SHOT A MAN IN ARLINGTON
THESE NOTCHES ON MY PISTOL ARE THE REASONS……………………………
THAT I RUN REASONS THAT I RUN

I HAVE A DARLIN’ SWEETHEART, HER NAME’S AMANDA LEE
SHE KNEW MY THEIVEN’ OUTLAW WAYS WOULD FOREVER FOLLOW ME
SO SHE SAID GOODBYE LATE ONE NIGHT, LOOKIN DOWN A FORTY FOUR
SHE HAD IT TRAINED BETWEEN MY EYES AS SHE BACKED……………………
ON OUT THE DOOR BACKED ON OUT THE DOOR

HER DADDY WAS A PREACHER, SHE’S JUST FOLLOWING HIS ADVICE
BUT AFTER MANY LONELY HOURS AND TEARS SHE CRIED AT NIGHT
SHE WENT OUT TO THE STABLE, SADDLED UP HER MARE
IN THE NIGHT SHE RODE ON OFF TO TRACK ME DOWN SOMEWHERE

WHEN I SAW HER FROM A DISTANCE, SHE LOOKED SO COLD AND PALE
I GUESS THAT SHE JUST FIGURED OUT THE LAW WAS ON HER TRAIL
JUST AS SHE TRIED TO WARN ME, THE LAWMEN DID APPEAR
THEIR GUNS WERE LOCKED AND LOADED BOYS, I KNEW……………….
MY TIME WAS NEAR I KNEW MY TIME WAS NEAR

KEEP YOUR HANDS WHERE I CAN SEE ‘EM, THAT’S WHAT THE SHERIFF SAID
ONE FALSE MOVE AND MY DEPUTIES WILL FILL YOU FULLA LEAD
IF THEY DON’T SHOOT ME IN THIS STREET, I SURELY WILL BE HUNG
I NEVER WILL REGRET BOYS THE REASONS THAT I RUN

DEAD OR ALIVE THEY SAID, WE DON’T NEED TO BRING HIM IN
SO I DROPPED DOWN ON MY KNEES AND I ATTONED FOR ALL MY SINS
I REACHED QUICK FOR MY PISTOL, THEN FELT THE LEAD RIP THRU MY BACK
I NEVER WANTED AMANDA LEE TO EVER…………………………………….
WITNESS THAT TO EVER WITNESS THAT

KEEP YOUR HANDS WHERE I CAN SEE ‘EM , THAT’S WHAT THE SHERIFF SAID
ONE FALSE MOVE AND MY DEPUTIES WILL FILL YOU FULLA LEAD
IF THEY DON’T SHOOT ME IN THIS STREET, I SURELY WILL BE HUNG
I NEVER WILL REGRET BOYS THE REASONS……………………………
THAT I RUN THE REASONS THAT I RUN

Discography

It's a Colorful Life (Label:Prime CD)
Give Up The Ghost (Label:Prime CD)
Recalling It Quits (Label:Mandella Hand)
So Far So Good (Label:In Real Life Enterprises)
No Questions Asked (Label: In Real Life Enterprises)

Set List

Typical Set List
Born To Be Lonesome
Stuck In This Town Blues
Handle The Truth
The Wind Blows Cold
Lonesome Moonlight Waltz/Big Mon
Jealous Heart
This Time
Get Up John
So Far So Good
Callin' My Name
Johnny Was An Outlaw
You Don't Know What I Know
Battle of New Orleans

Set Lists vary according to the venue.

Generally each set consists of ten songs, fifty minutes.

90% of our material is original.

Covers include, Lonesome Moonlight Waltz, Big Mon, Hey Good Lookin', Battle of New Orleans, Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down, and I've Just Seen a Face