Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospelweaves a familiar yet undefinable tapestry, rich in wisdom and heartache. Named after an old Western novel, Trigger Gospel reflects a spirited sound that intertwines hometown country and rock & roll with a strong melodic-pop appeal. Holly Rushakoff, The Octopus
The Philippine-born Anna Fermin immigrated to the U.S. with her family at a young age and found herself growing up in Kenosha, Wisconsin where she was trained in piano, voice and violin. Moving to Chicago in 1989, Fermin added the acoustic guitar to her repertoire, penned her first song in 1994 and immediately started showcasing her songwriting at local open mics and coffee houses where her voice established itself as powerful and emotional instrument all on its own.
She can deliver a husky approximation of Dolly Parton in one breath and shift into deep soul belting in the next. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
Several local musicians were impressed by Fermin’s voice and encouraged her to start a band. Inspired, Fermin did just that, adding seasoned guitarist Andon Davis (formerly of The Riptones/Bloodshot Records), Paul Bivans on drums and Michael Krayniak on stand-up bass. Her bandmates vast influences have become the right compliment to Fermin’s simple, slow shuffles and country rockers that smartly place her voice where it belongs—front and center. Monica Eng, Chicago Tribune
In the short time this Chicago-based band has been together, they’ve shared the stage with an impressive roster of musicians including Johnny Cash, Steve Earle, Joe Ely, Robbie Fulks, Delbert McClinton and many more. Appearances during Austin’s ’98 South By Southwest Music Conference, garnered the attention of pedal steel legend Lloyd Maines who signed on to produce their first full length CD, Things To Come, released in June, 1999. Engineered by Mike Hagler at Kingsize Sound Lab in Chicago (Wilco, Billy Bragg, The Mekons, Freedy Johnston), the album also features the stylings of veteran John Rice on fiddle and banjo, Grammy winning button accordionist Joel Guzman (Los Super Seven) and of course, Maines on pedal steel.
The band made their national debut on PBS television in the winter of ’98 when the song Blame Me off the band’s debut EP was featured in The Farmer’s Wife, a documentary by filmmaker David Sutherland.