Train Vocalist Pat Monahan Discusses Country Music Influences and Future Potential Projects
... whether "Feels Good At First" will see release as a single, he says, "That would be amazing. If you said to me, 'Hey, is there a dream song?' That would be it. My manager is so a believer in that song that he had us do a video for it to put it out on YouTube and get wheels rolling. When we do that song in Europe I don't even have to sing it, they sing every word. That's my dream-come-true song if we can get that on the radio somehow." What are your thoughts on the possibility of Pat Monahan making a move to Country Music? Train
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Train's Pat Monahan Talks Ashley Monroe and Going Country
... They know if you're for real or not. I think I write that way naturally but I wouldn't want them to think I'm trying to sneak into their community without a formal invitation. Radio.com: So in a few years we may hear a country-tinged solo album? Pat Monahan: Maybe. There's always something country on every Train
record. "Bruises" is country leaning I think on some level. A song called "Feels Good At First," which I think may be the best song on the record for some people, that's country leaning. There's always going to be something but to make a full-blown country record might be a little while. more on this story Radio.com is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright Radio.com/CBS Local - Excerpted here with permission. Train
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Pop-rock act Train isn't planning to stop any time soon
... The guys in Train
have worked without a break since the single "Hey, Soul Sister" was released in 2009. Guitarist Jimmy Stafford chalks that up to singer Pat Monahan's prolific songwriting. "Pat just never stops," Stafford said via telephone with a laugh. "We wanted to take a little bit of a break after the 'Save Me, San Francisco' tour because it was such a long tour. That album had, like, four singles. "We were pretty worn out, but then we finished that tour and weeks later he had written 'Drive By.' We jumped back into the studio and the song became a hit on radio, and we haven't stopped. I'm sensing the same thing happening again." Pop-rock act Train
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Pat Monahan (vocals, trumpet, sax, vibes, percussion)
Rob Hotchkiss (guitars, bass, harmonica, vocals)
Jimmy Stafford (guitars, mandolin, vocals)
Scott Underwood (drums, keyboards)
Charlie Colin (bass, guitar, vocals)
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Columbia Records rejected them in 1996, but signed them in 1998 after they released their first album on their own.
Hotchkiss and Monahan are both married to schoolteachers. Their wives introduced them, and they formed the band.
Monahan was in a cover band in Erie, Pennsylvania before moving to San Fransisco and forming the band. He specialized in Led Zeppelin covers.
They were not signed to a label when they recorded their first album. They financed it themselves for $25,000.
Hotchkiss, Stafford, and Colin were all originally bandmates in a group called the Apostles.
After they gained a following, they signed to Aware Records, the same label that gave stardom to Better Than Ezra and Matchbox Twenty.
Monahan cites an Aerosmith show he saw at 14 as his influence as a musician. At that show, he caught a drumstick in the chest. Guitarist Robbie Robertson from The Band has also been cited as a major influence.
Monahan thinks that The Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory are the best movies ever.
Stafford had cats named Maxwell and Bingo.
Colin's favorite musical artists include: Sparkle Horse, Whiskeytown, Rachels, Cocteau Twins, and Ennio Marricone.
The Blue Front Cafe on Haight Street in San Francisco was the first coffeehouse to give Train a regular gig.
Train's self-titled debut album features Counting Crows keyboardist Charlie Gillingham.
Train was managed by Jon Landau, the same man who took care of Bruce Springsteen and Shania Twain.
Underwood is originally from Saratoga Springs, New York. (thanks, chet - saratoga springs, NY)
Monahan has a scar on his chin from when he was in a car accident at seventeen years old.
Pat once accidentally fell off the stage while performing "It's About You". (thanks, Meg - B, Canada, for above 2)
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