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As a former Bay Area traffic reporter, this delights me to no end, but the Wine Country nod is more about the fact that Train has a wine club called Save Me San Francisco Wine Co.


As you know, Train got its start here in the Bay Area, with KFOG an early fan of the band. And I have to give mad props to the guys for doing what they are doing next month. Train has decided to do a string of small club shows, which are already sold out — sorry. But the big news here is that they have also decided to give back to the community in the process. The band is donating a portion of their proceeds to Family House at UCSF. And they are doing this with their wine, too.

So all of that is cool enough, but then I came to find that Train has tapped some great local acts to support them in their San Francisco residency, and that is huge for the local scene. It just reminds me that there is something special about Bay Area bands; they support one another when they can. At the Cafe du Nord show on April 10, Jeff Campbell of Pine & Battery will open. At the Great American Music Hall show on April 11, Megan Slankard will be opening for Train. At Bimbo’s on April 12, the amazing Brad Brooks will open. And when Train plays The Independent on April 14, The Family Crest will open the show. If you are lucky enough to be going to any of the shows, please get there early and check out the opening acts.

And one last note, listen for “This’ll Be My Yea” from California 37 on April 4, as part of ESPN’s MLB Opening Night.

California 37 will be released on April 17. Get more info at

See you out there, hanging from the rafters.

Renee Richardson