LIVE: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ North Albany Studios, 7/5/10

Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys are one of several “Monday Night Orphans” since the fire at Tess’ Lark Tavern back in early May.

Bouncing back, the band has relocated their regular first-Monday-of-the-month gig to North Albany Studios on North Pearl Street in Albany. Bring your lawn chair, picnic basket and cooler into Studio A, and settle in to dig the show, which is as intimate as a house concert.

And off they went – Jim smiling and singing lead. Bob Ristau thumping the old doghouse bass and adding the second harmony part. Tim Wechgelaer sawing off fiddle licks and adding the third harmony part. And Sten Isachsen ripping it up on “the eight” (mandolin) and even adding a fourth harmony part!

The show was mostly Jim’s fine, original songs with some unique interpretations of traditional material sprinkled in between. Jim’s songs are deceptively simple. They’re honest, melodic and each one has its own unique reason to exist. You might even get the bravado to think to yourself, “That’s simple. I could do that.” Let me know how that works out for you.

And for those who showed up unprepared, the Railroad Boys made some drinks and snacks available for whatever you wanted to donate. This included Sten’s famous hot dogs simmered in sauerkraut, bacon and sesame seeds. Awful good. Topped off with some t-shirt and ticket giveaways, it was a perfect Monday night … and home by 10:30pm, too.

Review by Paul Jossman (aka, Bowtie)

You can catch Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys all around Nippertown in the coming weeks, including the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill at 8pm Thursday and a free show with the Red Stick Ramblers at the Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park at 7pm Sunday. And, of course, they’ll be back at the North Albany Studios at 7:30pm on Monday, August 2.

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