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D.C.’s roots musicians are fleeing the city the way Krispy Kreme customers bolt when the “Hot Donuts” light goes out. In the last year, jazz-folk guitarist Al Petteway and his multi-instrumentalist wife, Amy White, have headed to the hills of North Carolina, and power folkies the Kennedys have defected to New York. In the latest District snub, Eric Brace has taken Last Train Home to Nashville. Well, sorta: In a February chat at Washingtonpost.com, Brace (the Post’s former Nightwatch writer) revealed that bassist Jim Gray and drummer Martin Lynds have relocated their families to Tennessee and that he’s “crashing on their floors for extended periods.” In any case, it sure seems as if Last Train Home hasn’t quite left its D.C. station-which is good news for local fans of the high-octane country band. Tell Brace you’ll make him a pallet on your floor when Last Train Home plays with the Gourds at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $17.50. (703) 549-7500. (Pamela Murray Winters)