This Weekend’s CD Release Parties: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, Formula 5

Jim Gaudet: Reasons That I Run

Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys are headed into WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany tonight (Friday, March 1) to celebrate the release of their third album Reasons That I Run.

Following in the footsteps of their 2009 debut So Far So Good and their solid sophomore album No Questions asked, Gaudet and his band are back with their first album since the addition of fab fiddler Mat Kane, and no question about it, it’s the band’s best outing to date.

The 13-song disc features a blend of bluegrass, Cajun, blues, story songs, an instrumental, a murder ballad and a goodbye waltz, as well as a pair of unexpected covers – Dire Straits’ “Walk of Life” and the 1961 hit for the Marathons, “Peanut Butter.”

Showtime is 8pm tonight, and admission is $15. And as part of the celebration, Reasons That I Run will be available tonight at a $5 discount from the regular price.

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Formula 5

Meanwhile, on Saturday night (March 2), Albany funk-based jam band Formula 5 is throwing a party at Red Square in Albany to celebrate the release of their self-titled debut album. The band will be bolstering its already powerhouse solid with the addition of a horn section featuring trombonist Bryan Brundige and saxman Jeff Nania, both on loan from the Local 518 jazz fusion group the Chronicles. The festivities will kick off at 9pm with an opening set from Buffalo-based band Funktional Flow.

If you want to get an advance taste of Formula 5’s debut, you can stream the album here.

Admission to the Formula 5 party is $10, and the new album will also be available.

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