Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys (Thu/Fri)

Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys bluegrass Americana band


Fresh from being awarded the 2022 Thomas Edison Music Award for band of the year in the Country/Bluegrass category, The RR Boys will be rolling into the Grey Fox Festival bringing the ruckus with their own unique blend of Bluegrass, Country and Folk music that they call “Hillbilly Rock n’ Roll”, straight from the still.



Some say Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys kind of specializes in time travel — like back to Louisiana in 1963. Mel Guarino of The Bluebillies said, “There is no other band that I know that can sound so modern and yet so classic and nostalgic. It’s at once old-timey and timeless, echoing the sound and feel of maybe Hank Williams or the Stanley Brothers, with a hillbilly edge.”


 The Albany, New York based quartet has played four prestigious festivals that have been voted International Bluegrass Music Association’s Event of the Year: Wintergrass, Seattle (WA); Joe Val, Boston (MA); Podunk, Hartford (CT), Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill (NY). The Railroad Boys were also selected to perform in IBMA’s 2013 Bluegrass Ramble in Raleigh, NC, and have performed on the Music City Roots Live from The Factory PBS broadcast and are looking forward to a return date. They have also been the subject of a full-length profile article in the iconic “Bluegrass Unlimited” magazine. Meanwhile, their performance at Washington, DC’s WAMU Bluegrass Country with award-winning radio host, Katy Daley, so impressed the NPR station’s producers, that it was chosen to be rebroadcast on the popular bluegrass show, “Editor’s Picks”.


 The Railroad Boys is excited to be in the process of releasing their sixth project. “Hillbilly Rock n’ Roll” is a collection of nine unique and creatively original songs written and arranged by Jim Gaudet, “Sharp Dressed Man” is the only cover song. “Hillbilly Rock n” Roll”, as in previous releases, touches upon Jim’s stories and songs as they wind their way through various themes.


A basic belief of The RR Boys is that audience participation leads to a deeper and more meaningful connection. It’s typical to hear the band’s audience enthusiastically whooping it up during songs like their signature “So Far So Good” or maybe dancing to “If It Ain’t Cajun”. The RR Boy’s closeness with their listeners is obvious no matter where they perform. They consistently bridge the gap between themselves and their audience, essentially creating one big “down home” family who’ve been brought together by their shared experience through Jim and The RR Boys songs and musical stories.


 With just the right amount of gusto, grit, and drive, The Railroad Boys support Gaudet’s song writing and arrangements. The group consists of Jim Gaudet, guitar, singer, songwriter, Bobby Ristau, upright bass and backing vocals, Sten Isachsen, mandolin and backing vocals, and special guests, Sara Milonovich and Tucker Callander, on fiddle and Upstate Richie Pagano on the piano.


 We’re so happy to have them back. As well as performing two days at the Catskill Dance Tent, Jim will co-teach songwriting with acclaimed songsmith, Martha Trachtenberg.