LIVE: Sara Milonovich & Jim Gaudet @ The Linda, 12/5/14

December 19th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
Jim Gaudet and Sara Milonovich

Jim Gaudet and Sara Milonovich

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

When singer-songwriter-guitarist Jim Gaudet and fab fiddler Sara Milonovich teamed up for an evening at WAMC-FM’s The Linda earlier this month, it was indeed “A Blue(Grassy) Christmas,” as advertised.

But it wasn’t strictly holiday fare. They were joined by Greg Anderson (of Milonovich’s band Daisycutter) and mandolinist Sten Isachsen (of Gaudet’s band the Railroad Boys) for plenty of fine down-home pickin’ and singin’.

At once relaxed and energetic, the homespun show also showcased Gaudet’s wry wit and considerable storytelling prowess.

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Jim Gaudet’s “Six Seconds in Dallas”

November 19th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg

Jim Gaudet

Jim Gaudet

The mainstream media is all-JFK, all-the-time this week as we approach the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination on Friday (November 22).

Local 518 singer-songwriter Jim Gaudet weighed in on that tragic day, too, with his powerful song, “Six Seconds in Dallas.” But Gaudet isn’t jumping on the anniversary bandwagon. The song first appeared on his cassette-only release In Real Life and made its CD debut on Gaudet’s solo disc It’s a Colorful Life back in 1994.

Listen here:

Jim Gaudet - Six Second in Dallas

And coincidentally – or not – Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys will grace the hallowed stage of Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Friday. The concert will also mark the official debut of the Railroad Boys’ newest member, banjoman Scott Hopkins (of Fairview Avenue, Beartracks and the Wheelbarrow Boys). Tickets are $16 in advance; $18 at the door.

Jim Gaudet, Nancy Walker Play Benefit for Riverlink Park Concert Series @ Crystal Ristorante, 2/26/11

February 25th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg
Jim Gaudet and Nancy Walker

Jim Gaudet and Nancy Walker

Jim Gaudet (and perhaps the Railroad Boys’ trusty bassist Bob Ristau) and Nancy Walker team up for an evening of sparkling acoustic music to benefit the annual summer concert series at Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park. Two of the area’s finest singer-songwriters, Jim and Nancy have both graciously donated their services to help. The concert takes place at 7:30pm on Saturday at Crystal Ristorante in Amsterdam.

Beautifully situated along the Mohawk River, Riverlink Park has become one of the premier outdoor concert venues in Nippertown, beloved by audience members as well as the musicians who have graced the stage. It has been the scene of many diverse musical acts over the years. It has hosted national acts, such as Terry Adams, as well as such local favorites as Nippertown’s own Michael Eck (who performed with Ramblin Jug Stompers and Lost Radio Rounders, in addition to closing out last year’s series with a few friends in celebration of his latest solo album, “In My Shoes”). Other years have been highlighted by such diverse performers as Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra and Yarn.

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Good Music for a Good Cause

April 27th, 2010, 12:01 pm by Greg

Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys

Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys are on a roll. The band’s excellent sophomore album, “So Far So Good” was released last June, and now less than a year later, they’ve already got a big enough stockpile of great songs to record another one.

At a recent performance at Tess’ Lark Tavern in Albany, Gaudet and his band – fiddler Tim Wechgelaer, bassist Bob Ristau and guitarist-mandolinist Sten Isachsen – offered several marvelous new tunes, including the hilarious, Dylan-esque talking blues “Handle the Truth” and country honky-tonker “Our Last Goodbye.”

On Wednesday night, the Railroad Boys chug into the Diamond Jim Brady Room upstairs at Lillian’s in Saratoga Springs. Veteran singer-songwriter John Kribs opens the show at 7pm.

Co-sponsored by Saratoga Guitar and Starving Arts, this is a special benefit concert with all proceeds going directly to the Northeast Food Bank and the Southern Adirondack Musicians Fund.

Dedicated to the memory of beloved banjo and mandolin player Chan Goodnow, the Southern Adirondack Musicians Fund was formed following Chan’s sudden death in 2001. The not-for-profit organization raises funds to help local musicians and their families who may fall on hard times due to health issues or accidents.

Tickets are $10 and are available at Saratoga Guitar and at the door.

Five Firsts: Jim Gaudet of the Railroad Boys

February 17th, 2010, 9:58 am by Greg

NAME: Jim Gaudet

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … This is sort of tricky because the first album I ever owned was by the Beach Boys (“In My Room,” “Little Deuce Coupe”). However, it was not purchased. I think it’s in the best interest of protecting the credibility (and liability) of that we don’t go into detail about that.

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LIVE: “The Right Mix” @ the Saratoga Arts Theater, 11/7/09

November 20th, 2009, 12:35 pm by Greg

How big was it? Michael Jerling at the Saratoga Arts Theater

How big was it? Michael Jerling at the Saratoga Arts Theater

Produced by Nancy Walker – an excellent singer-songwriter-turned-concert-promoter – and emceed by Dave Michaels from radio station EXIT 97.7, “The Right Mix” showcased some of Nippertown’s very best roots-oriented musicians, packing the intimate Saratoga Arts Center Theater with a full house of fans.

Hot on the heels of his new CD, “Music Here Tonight: Live At Caffe Lena” on Fool’s Hill Music, magnificent singer-songwriter Michael Jerling kicked off the evening’s music in fine fashion. Accompanied by percussionist-keyboardist-accordionist Teresina Huxtable and the Northeast’s incomparable, premier bassist Tony Markellis, Jerling rolled through a set of evocative, heartfelt songs, highlighted by the humorous, real-life-on-the-road odyssey “Wide Awake In Parsippany” and the comical “In The Middle Ages.”

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LIVE: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ The Linda, 10/2/09

October 8th, 2009, 5:05 pm by Sara

Ramblin Jug Stompers (from left) Cousin Clyde, Mitch Throop, Bowtie, Mister Eck, Wild Bill

Ramblin Jug Stompers (from left) Cousin Clyde, Mitch Throop, Bowtie, Mister Eck, Wild Bill

Ramblin Jug Stompers exploded onto the stage of The Linda last Friday with their original mix of down-home humor, virtuoso instrumental musicianship and highly original song interpretations. The fun ‘n’ funky acoustic performance was a celebration of their highly anticipated sophomore album, “Hobo Nickel.”

With Cousin Clyde on acoustic guitar, Mister Eck picking the mandolin, banjo shredder Bowtie and washboardist-harmonica man Wild Bill rounding out the front-line foursome, the evening’s highlights included stellar vocal harmonies, the sparkling original instrumental “Frypan Jack Enters Into Heaven” and even a blistering, behing-the-back Jimi Hendrix-style solo on manual typewriter!

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Real Good for Free: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ Tess’ Lark Tavern, 9/14/09

September 14th, 2009, 9:18 am by Greg


Mixing up some hot picking with some high lonesome harmonies and the wry, dry wit of Jim Gaudet‘s superb songsmithing, the Railroad Boys will be riding into Tess’ Lark Tavern in Albany for a fab free show about 7:30pm tonight.

Yes, we know that Gaudet and the boys have become mainstays on Tess’ schedule for the first Monday night of each month, but because of last week’s Labor Day holiday, they decided to push back their performance a week. So catch ’em tonight.

All other regular Monday night gigs at Tess’ (like Ramblin Jug Stompers on Monday, September 21) will continue on in their usual time slot, and next month Gaudet will be back to the first Monday.

Got it?

Real Good for Free: Tuesdays @ Revolution Hall (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: The Uncle Brothers @ East Greenbush Community Library (Sept. 26)
Real Good for Free: Capital Region’s Got Talent @ Rev. Hall (9/17)
Real Good for Free: Happy Traum @ the Crandall Library (Various days)
Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda (4th Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Albany’s September in the City Art Fair (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Lake George Jazz Weekend (9/19-20)
Real Good for Free: LarkFEST!!!!!!!! (Sept. 19)
Real Good for Free: Rock-It in Schenectady (Fridays)
Real Good For Free: Halfmoon (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Public Library (Third Fridays)
Real Good for Free: At The Plaza, Albany (Wednesdays)

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