Sunday, July 23, 2006

Train hits the Wharf

The road to rock ‘n’ roll super-stardom is full of obstacles and roadblocks. The fellas from the alternative rock band Train, however, refuse to be derailed.

Starting in 1994 with songwriter/vocalist Pat Monahan, the group began their road to success as a two-piece act, playing small coffeehouses in their home base of San Francisco. Monahan soon added guitarist Jim Stafford and drummer Scott Underwood.

Armed with their watershed single, “Drops of Jupiter,” their success was fast and furious. In 2003, Train was joined by bassist Johnny Colt (originally from the Black Crowes) and Atlanta keyboardist Brandon Bush (John Mayer, Shawn Mullins).

Hot off the release of a new album, “For Me, It’s You,” the group is ready to take the local stage again—after their memorable performance at Pensacola’s SpringFest in 2004.

“It doesn't sound like we're trying too hard,” says Train vocalist-songwriter Monahan about the new album’s relaxed and intimate vibe. “I do think this record is more personal and more genuine. It’s definitely an appropriate record for me personally.”

TRAIN WITH MAT KEARNEY
8 p.m. Friday, July 28
$11.50-$46
The Wharf Amphitheatre
23101 Canal Rd., Orange Beach, Ala.
251-980-7325 or www.thewharfal.com

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