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Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys - "Hop on Board"

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Published on Sep 15, 2014

Promotional video for Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys, by Steve Ide of http://SteveIdeProductions.com.

The band consists of singer-songwriter Jim Gaudet (guitar), Bob Ristau (vocals, bass), Sten Isachsen (vocals, mandolin), along with Scott Hopkins (banjo), Mat Kane (fiddle) and Sarah Milonovich (fiddle).

Video clips from Fred Robbins (http://frobbi.org) and the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association, Less Than Face Productions (http://bit.ly/LessThanFace) from the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and clips from Steve Ide (http://SteveIdeProductions.com) from the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Framingham, Mass., Podunk Bluegrass Festival, Hebron, Conn., and Tir Na Nog from the 2013 IBMA Showcase in Raleigh, N.C.

Voiceover: Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys are an Albany, N.Y.-based group specializing in Americana and bluegrass, with a clever, satirical, joyful style of songwriting and performing. The group, whose core includes singer-songwriter Jim Gaudet, bassist Bob Ristau and mandolin player Sten Isachsen, have entertained audiences all over the world with their unique and original vocals. Their energetic front porch feel is not quite bluegrass, but is all their own, with hints of the traditional.

Quotes about Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys from blogger Ted Lehmann (http://tedlehmann.blogspot.com/):

"Jim Gaudet specializes in a Cajun flavored bluegrass often containing wickedly funny, satirical lyrics. His band is based in Albany, NY, where their natural habitat is pubs and clubs. They have a strong local following in the region and could have settled into that sometimes lucrative niche. However, the band has persevered in becoming a bluegrass/folk/Americana band, gradually spreading its influence to prestigious venues such as Grey Fox and Wintergrass, in Washington state. They are consistently entertaining and have attracted an avid, loyal audience. Don't miss this band which offers a change of pace and a lot of fun......."

"Jim Gaudet and the RR Boys can best be characterized as a folk/country fusion group performing Gaudet’s well-crafted songs, filled with humor and insight. His instrumental mix might seem off putting to bluegrass or folk purists, featuring as it does both electric bass and guitar, but the music is entertaining and thought provoking. His song “Snowbound” and an audience participation piece called “So Far, So Good,” and "Split Pea Soup" all pleased. The band’s interactions are enjoyable. While well suited to lounge and street events, this band is eager to broaden its audience and contributes good value to the festival scene."

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