Still glowing from their triumphant appearance at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival two weeks earlier, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys were on fire at the Tang last Friday evening.
Due to the rain earlier in the day, their Upbeat On the Roof performance didn’t take place outdoors on the Tang’s roof as scheduled, but rather indoors in the museum’s Payne Room. No matter. The fans who flocked to the Skidmore college campus were treated to a great acoustic show highlighted by plenty of wry tunes and dry humor.
When he wasn’t busy singing and playing guitar veteran songsmith Jim Gaudet was at his usual best telling stories and sharing a laugh with the large audience and his bandmates. And at times it was difficult to tell who was having the better time – the audience or the band.
Delivering a lively mix of roots-Americana meets bluegrass, Gaudet and the Boys – fiddler Tim Wechgelaer, mandolin/guitarist Sten Isachsen and doghouse bassist Bob Ristau – played with the ferociousness of young lions and the pacing of seasoned veterans, serving up a few choice covers and a wealth of Gaudet’s knock-out original tunes – with an emphasis on their new album, “No Questions Asked.”
Keep an eye on these guys. In no time at all, they’re going to be bluegrass headliners in league with Nippertown’s own Gibson Brothers.
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk