School of the Art Institute of Chicago grad Anna Fermin was on her way to becoming a graphic artist until the day in the early 90s when, inspired by Steve Earle's song "Down the Road," she picked up a guitar. Born in the Philippines, raised in Kenosha, and a Chicago resident for the last decade, Fermin quickly discovered her own fabulous voice and a knack for songwriting. She started frequenting local open-mike venues, networking with other musicians, and while she was still finding her groove, performing at local clubs with a band she put together called Anaboy. Anna Fermin's Trigger Gospel, the up-and-coming alternative country band she formed in '96, has opened for Earle and Johnny Cash; a track from one of its albums was featured in the David Sutherland documentary The Farmer's Wife. The group's second recording, Things to Come, was released last year to critical kudos. Anna Fermin's Trigger Gospel, with guitarist Andon Davis, drummer Paul Bivans, and bassist Michael Krayniak, will play at Dawes Park, Sheridan at Church in Evanston, from 7 to 9:30 Tuesday, August 15, as part of Evanston's Starlight Concert Series. It's free; call 847-448-8260.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Brad Miller.