With special guest Jim Gaudet
Originally from New York, now dividing his time between Buenos Aires, Argentina and New York’s Hudson Valley, Richard Shindell is a writer whose songs paint pictures, tell stories, juxtapose ideas and images, inhabit characters, vividly evoking entire worlds along the way and expanding our sense of just what it is a song may be. From his first record, Sparrow’s Point (1992) to his current release, Careless (September 2016), Shindell has explored the possibilities offered by this most elastic and variable of cultural confections: the song. The path that led him to songwriting was both circuitous and direct. Taking up the guitar at the age of eight, he listened but imagined that composing a song was out of the question. After college and a nine month stint in a Zen Buddhist community in Upstate New York, he headed to Europe with his guitar, finding something not approaching a livelihood performing in the Paris Metro, where he discovered “I loved the acoustics in those tunnels, but only when they were empty
Jim Gaudet and Richard Shindell have been friends for many years. In fact, it was Richard who Jim credits as being the one who was responsible for Jim’s recordings with FAST FOLK in NYC. When Jim started out as a Solo performer in the early nineties they struck up a relationship and performed together on many occasions.
Jim dropped out from performing for about a ten year stint but now for the past 10 years has currently reinvented his music with a four piece acoustic combo, Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys describing their style as original “Hillbilly Rock and Roll”. They have have been on a roll ever since, headlining at “The Linda” as well as playing many of the most prestigious bluegrass music festivals across the country. One highlight to their credit was performing on the Music City Roots TV show out of Nashville TN.
Although they have crossed paths on occasion, Jim is very excited about reconnecting with Richard and to be offered this opportunity to open this show while returning to his Solo roots for one night.
It is also important to note that the wonderful Sara Milonovich (Daisy Cutter) will be accompanying Richard this evening and Sara often performs as a special guest with The Railroad Boys.