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After bouncing around several cover bands, front-man Patrick Monahan packed his bags and headed from Erie, Pennsylvania to the Golden State. He met and teamed up with Rob Hotchkiss in San Francisco and soon recruited guitarist Jimmy Stafford, bassist Charlie Colin, and drummer Scott Underwood to form Train. Their initial efforts to secure a recording contract proved difficult and they were forced to self-produce and independently release their debut effort in 1996. Remarkably, without a contract, Train tour dates were booked on the opening stage for Barenaked Ladies, Hootie & The Blowfish, and the Counting Crows on their respective tours. Their self-titled debut featured the hit single "Meet Virginia" which peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and secured Platinum status for the album.
Train was soon picked up by Columbia and headed to the studio to record the follow-up to their independent debut. The single and album - Drops of Jupiter - blew sales of their debut album out of the water. The single spent over a year on the charts, garnered Train a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song, and the album obtained double-Platinum status and remains their highest selling album to-date. Train tour dates were booked on the Drops of Jupiter Tour and they recorded a live DVD at their tour stop in San Francisco at the Warfield.
In 2003, Train returned with their third disc, My Private Nation, which featured the hit single "Calling All Angels". It became their third Platinum album and was nominated for two awards at the 2004 Grammy ceremonies. Train tour dates were scheduled on the international My Private Nation Tour. They recorded Alive at Last at tour stops in Atlanta and released it in 2004. Train then released the tepidly received For Me, It's You album in 2005. It debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200 but quickly fell off the charts; Train subsequently went on hiatus and fell from public memory.
They returned in 2009 with "Hey, Soul Sister", the biggest single of their career and the biggest single of 2010 with five million digital copies sold in the US alone. The album, Save Me San Francisco, also featured the hit "Marry Me" and was certified Gold in the US. Train was awarded their third Grammy in 2011 for "Hey, Soul Sister" and scheduled their first co-headlining tour in over five years. Train tour dates will have the band traveling with Maroon 5 throughout 2011. In addition, Train concert performances are scheduled alongside Shakira for her South American international tour. Train surprised us with their return to the mainstream in 2009 and we are sure glad they did. Don't miss them when they come to your area. Use Eventful for Train tour dates and concert tour information.
Andy Grammer: What's up. I'm Andy- I was just writing this in the 3rd person and it didn't feel right so we are going to do this person to person. I grew up traveling with my father who was in a folk trio called the Limeliters. I have to assume that growing up around these strange and wonderful people has had some impact on my love for music. My dad is the one on the left with the red hair. (picture of the limeliters ) He later moved on to childrens music and along with being Grammy Nominated for Best Children's Album, he continues to travel the world as one of the countries premiere children's acts. The memories of my young childhood are very intermingled with the music. Songs with titles like "Thats how i remember yesterday" or "South bound passenger train" or "John Henry The Steel Driving Man", these were the foundation for my little ears. I can remember falling asleep to songs being written in the next room. It was just kind of always a part of life. I then proceeded to be a complete jock from around 7th grade until my senior year of highschool. Basketball was life. No pain no gain: sprints, screaming, smacking athletic butts, summer camps, winter camps, the whole deal. When i came to terms that the NBA was not my destiny I headed for the Theater. I scooped up two lead roles in two years at Binghamton University in upstate NY. Enjoyed the theatrical stage but it wasn't my love. I had been messing for quite a while now with a guitar I had been given by my dad and it was really growing on me. There was some cheesy dating event going on at the dorm i was staying in and my RA who knew i had a guitar had asked me to be the entertainment. Not really knowing what to come with I played a cover of "No Such Thing" by John Mayer. I remember destroying that room. I know it sounds funny to say that i destroyed a Valentines event with 75 people max but if you ever could destroy a "Spin The Wheel- Win A Date", that was totally me. Destruction. I think we all have moments in our life where we connect to something bigger. If we think about them to hard we can label them as insignificant but in some strange way they carry weight. So I transfered to Cal State Northridge to Major in Music Business. I had to take one semester of community college to finish up a math class. During this semester i worked as a butcher at the local grocery store, it was the only gig I could find. It was a humbling experience to say the least. Cutting into cows and sloshing up buckets of Italian sausages on a daily basis felt so far from the music industry i had up and moved for. Finally i made it down to Northridge and began my study of music. I quickly hopped into gear running the school record label. We signed an up and coming rap/rock band and got a tv spot on KTLA Morning news to promote them. Outside of class I slipped into a position where i was booking a weekly night at the world famous Viper Room on Sunset Blvd in the heart of West Hollywood. For about two years I studied Mozart and intervals from 10am to 3pm then shuffled off to study crazy rock musicians from 10pm to 3am. I was given the prestigious "Most Outstanding Industry Student Award" and hit the streets to be a musician. This was nearly a year ago- this past year I have been fortunate enough to tour in places like San Fransisco, NY, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, Connecticut, Idaho, Arizona, Czech Republic, England, Haifa Isreal, New England, Lousiana, Illinois, Alaska and more. The more music i play the more i love it. If you are reading this cutting meat or something of the like- keep pushing. Your dreams will come. I try to be honest in life and hope that it comes through in my music. Thanks for stopping by my little space here. Drop me a line-