JIM GAUDET & THE RAILROAD BOYS
Reasons That I Run
13 songs; 49 minutes
Review by Greg Haymes
Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys are back with their third album, 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.
With his wry wit and masterfully understated vocals, Jim Gaudet was one of Nippertown’s finest singer-songwriters back in his solo days, but shortly after the release of his brilliant solo album Give Up the Ghost, he did just that, dropping out of the spotlight and disappearing from the Capital Region music scene for an eight-year hiatus. With his aptly titled 2007 comeback album ReCalling It Quits, he proved that he not only hadn’t lost his touch, but he also bolstered his music to the next level with a band of musicians – including bassist Bob Ristau and mandolinist Sten Isachen – who wrapped their skills around his tunes like a comfortable old cardigan.