Sunday, January 24, 2010

Flint Portraits: J Raud

Flint-born Jeff Raudebaugh is a 27-year-old musician who performs as J Raud and now lives in Washington, D.C. He’s got a song in the Canadian independent film At Home By Myself…With You, which recently premiered at the Vancouver film festival
"My wife Sam and I moved from Michigan in August 2007 because the job outlook was not promising in our fields. A friend once told me that real musicians have day jobs. I’m not sure if I completely agree with that statement, but since I am also currently working as a trust banker, it does make me feel better. I have independently produced and released four albums of music. I have been performing live music since I was 15 years old. My wife, who is a landscape architect, and I have good memories of Michigan. We miss family and friends. One thing we have noticed is how much we crave Michigan foods, including Koegel Vienna hot dogs and Halo Burger. We also miss the smell of pine trees “up north”, and the beauty of the Great Lakes."
J Raud’s latest CD — Naked as a Jaybird — is available here.

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