"Train" is a Grammy Award-winning alternative rock band, formed in San Francisco, California, in 1994. Their music is difficult to classify, as it contains traces of country, rock, adult contemporary and various other genres.
The group started out in San Francisco with only two members, Rob Hotchkiss and Patrick Monahan, performing in coffee houses and local clubs. After deciding to form a full band, the duo recruited Jimmy Stafford on guitar, Charlie Colin on bass and, at a later date, Scott Underwood as drummer.
By 1997 they went on tour, opening concerts for groups such as Barenaked Ladies and the Counting Crows.
Train attempted to get signed under Columbia Records in 1996 but were rejected. The band members financed their self-titled 1998 debut, which cost them a total of $25,000. Columbia Records agreed to sign Train under Aware Records after hearing their first album.
Their first major hit was "Meet Virginia" from their self-titled debut. Later, Train also had two other songs which reached #1 on the ''Billboard'' Adult Top 40: the title track from their second album, ''Drops of Jupiter'', and "Calling All Angels" from 2003's ''My Private Nation''.
|origin||San Francisco, California|
|music genre||Alternative rock|
|current members|| Patrick Monahan|
|past members|| Rob Hotchkiss (1994–2002)|
Charlie Colin (1994–2003)