SF Guitarist John Moremen Joins Last Train Home For West Coast Tour

by E. "Doc" Smith on April 7, 2004

Local guitarist and drummer John Moremen will be joining Nashville’s latest resident Eric Brace and his band Last Train Home for four west coast dates next week, including a stop at 12 Galaxies on Mission Street Friday night, April 16th.

After several years as drummer for the Sunnyvale group the Orange Peels, Moremen left that band to pursue his music on his first love, the guitar. His relationship with the roots-rock flavored LTH goes back to Washington DC, where Brace was music critic for the Washington Post’s Nightwatch column. Originally from the DC area, Moremen moved to SF some 13 years ago, and has managed to keep his ties to some of DC’s finest musicians. His “California” style leads and Beatles influences can be heard on his telecaster, and have made Moremen a much sought after guitarist, so much so that Brace immediately thought of him for his west coast swing.

Alongside other roots-rock groups from the nation’s capital, like Eddie From Ohio and the Grandsons, Last Train Home is one of the most popular bands in the DC area, and their recent move to Nashville has only increased their growing following. Brace has hosted the popular PBS program MHz, and his knowledge of music and history shows in his understanding and musicianship. Joining LTH will definitely be a fun reunion for Moremen & Brace and their camraderie, history and chemistry on stage will be something to look forward to.

April 16 (Friday) : San Francisco
12 Galaxies
2565 Mission St.
LTH will be going on second of three bands, set beginning around 9:30, playing before the Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash.

E. “Doc” Smith is a musician and recording engineer who has worked with the likes of Brian Eno, Madonna, Warren Zevon, Mickey Hart, Jack DeJohnette, and John Mayall among others. He is also the inventor of the musical instrument, the Drummstick. He can be reached at drummstick@earthlink.net

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