Biography All Music Guide
All Music Guide:
Country-rock chanteuse Anna Fermin was born in the Philippines, emigrating to the U.S. as a child; her family settled in Kenosha, WI, where she later studied voice, violin, and piano. A mainstream pop fan during her teens, Fermin discovered country when an old boyfriend played her a Steve Earle song. Upon relocating to Chicago in 1989 to attend art school, she soon picked up the acoustic guitar, teaching herself to play and, in time, writing her first song, "August Moon." After the dissolution of her first band, Anaboy, Fermin began appearing as a solo act at local coffeehouses and open-mic nights, eventually forming Trigger Gospel with former Riptones guitarist Andon Davis, upright bassist Mike Kranyiak, and drummer Paul Bivans. Borrowing their name from a vintage Western paperback, the group issued its self-titled debut EP in 1997; and while appearing at the annual South by Southwest music conference the following spring caught the attention of Nashville pedal steel legend Lloyd Maines, who agreed to produce their first full-length effort, 1999's Things to Come. Live Music, Vol. One, an acoustic set recorded at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music, appeared in early 2002.