Podcast interview about Jeff’s Musical Car with Jeff Boudreau

The Story Behind Jeff's Musical Car - Jeff Boudreau | Journeys with the No Schedule Man, Ep 31If you’ve never seen one of his videos, you might be wondering, “What in the world is Jeff’s Musical Car?” When I first heard about a guy who invites musicians into his car so that he can conduct a quick interview, have them perform a song, and then create a video episode of each encounter, I was immediately intrigued. I also had a lot of questions about how he got the idea and how he was making it happen.

Jeff Boudreau is the creator and host of the fabulously creative web video series, “Jeff’s Musical Car.” Based in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, Jeff has produced over 250 episodes at the time we recorded this podcast, ranging from local artists from the Moncton music scene all the way to Internationally renowned talents such guitarist, Jesse Cook.

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Jeff has chauffeured a few of the musicians that easily fall into my top ten of any list of my favourite music, including Colin & John-Angus MacDonald from The Trews, David Francey and The Fortunate Ones, though I’ve yet to see an episode where I wasn’t impressed by the musicianship of Jeff’s companion for that particular video.

I’m a firm believer that if you just keep doing something and building it up, good things will happen.

– Jeff Boudreau, “Jeff’s Musical Car”

Jeff's Musical CarSome of the questions I really wanted to ask Jeff included:

  • Where did the idea come from?
  • What did he have to do to get started and how long did it take?
  • How did artists initially react when he asked if they would perform in a car?
  • How does he get some of the more established artists to agree to do it?
  • How does he know exactly where to drive & what route to take?
  • How does he limit the noise from outside the car?

We addressed all of those questions and a lot more, and also uncovered all kinds of fun stories that Jeff has lived in the course of creating the catalogue of episodes for “Jeff’s Musical Car.”

Jeff’s story is a terrific example of the power of an idea and the fuel that genuine passion gives to it. I continue to be amazed by what people can do when they’re acting from their heart and allowing themselves to learn as they go while enjoying the process. Jeff Boudreau and his Musical Car are an exceptional positive example for the rest of us in that regard.

Some of the key takeaways I got from Jeff’s Musical Car Journey:

  1. The gratification that comes from pursuing an idea and allowing yourself to figure it out and get better as you go. As Jeff puts it, “There’s no guidebook on how to record bands in vehicles.”
  1. The value of building relationships & power of networking with patience and good intentions.
  2. Expressing and encouraging creativity is its own reward, and the value of real connection and human experience are gifts the process will present to you.

It’s about experiences. How many people can say they picked up The Trews at the airport, grabbed a coffee with them and then drove them to their hotel?

– Jeff Boudreau, Jeff’s Musical Car

This was a lot of fun, talking to Jeff and hearing about his journey so far. Enjoy!

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Jeff’s Musical Car Episodes

Direct links to some of Musical Car episodes referred to in the podcast discussion:

Crystal Kirk (The first episode)

Jenn Grant (Jeff told the story of having to drive her back to his house to get his guitar for her)

KASHKA (His son was in the back seat)

Madison Rivers (Episode where Jeff plays the guitar)

The Regal Beagle Band (They played through an ambulance going by)

Magneta Lane (They have sparklers in the car and drive by a police car right at the end)

60 LPs ( With the necks of the bass & acoustic guitars leaning out the window) 

The Steady Swagger (A full band, including a stand-up bass and a full drum kit that gave Jeff ringing in his ears for a week afterward)

Colter Wall (The young phenom Jeff referred to near the end of the podcast)

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  • Peter says:

    What an interesting concept Jeff has. Recording your band in a car. That must have been an extremely tough challenge but one that should do him well going forward as a stand out and different act. I myself like originality and am also a big fan of Canadian music people. Well, I am Canadian so I’m biased. Keep up the great work Kevin, really well done:)
    Cheers, Peter

    • Kevin says:

      Hi Peter,
      Thanks for that. A fellow Canadian! Terrific! You’re right: we have a wealthy of incredible music in our country 🙂
      Thank you for your very kind words and for taking the time to leave your thoughts.
      Best wishes,

  • Andrei says:

    Hey Kevin!

    I can’t believe what I’m reading. I mean for real. I have tons of those ideas… but never had the courage to perform them. I’m at the beginning of my career and due to the small budget I can’t start such a risky idea. Can’t wait to have a “decent” income to start doing the things I like.

    Wish you the best,


  • Owain says:

    I haven’t heard of those artists. Probably because I’m not a local. But that doesn’t matter. It’s such a great idea, and like you Kevin I am always intrigued as to how people come up with them.

    You’re right though that they do have one thing in common. And that is passion. They have an idea and they follow it through so that it can become a success.

    I wish Jeff all the best with this idea. And I will check out the links of the episodes that you have provided Kevin.

    • Kevin says:

      Thanks, Owain. I appreciate the visit and the comments. I wonder what artist you’d like to see in an episode with Jeff?
      I hope he has a guy named Alan Doyle in there, a terrific Canadian artist and former member of the band Great Big Sea. He’d be terrific.
      Best wishes,

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