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Thursday, April 6, 2006 01:01 am

Hear the best bad country

Diesel Island at Underground City Tavern on Friday

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Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel
Somehow Brian Henneman, head honcho of the Bottle Rockets, got it in his head that crappy country songs of the 1970s should not die alone and forgotten. He’s revived the best of the worst from their moribund state for presentation to an unsuspecting public, and Diesel Island, Henneman’s chosen band vehicle for this adventure, takes the stage Friday, April 7, at the Underground City Tavern (700 E. Adams St., 217-789-1530). Opening the show are those merry music-makers the Moonlight Rhythm Rangers. One cannot mention the MRRs without a pause and a prayer for drummer, singer, songwriter, and left-handed guitarist Lucky Patterson, an original member who’s now serving with our armed forces in Iraq. Bless Lucky’s little heart. Other shows of note: Once a staple of the national Americana scene, Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel is back with a new CD in tow, scheduled to play the Underground City Tavern on Saturday, April 8. Springfield native Andon Davis graced the band with his special brand of guitar work for several years, and even though he’s not listed on the band’s Web site as a current member of the group, he will be at the show, a little bird tells me. Highly recommended by anyone with ears to hear, eyes to see, and legs to dance, Russell Miller and 6V6 is a blues band not to be missed. Check out the groovy goodness of the Bloomington-based group at the Trading Post Saloon (731 S. Durkin Dr., 217-787-8434) on Friday night. Thirsty’s Playground (1975 Wabash Ave., 217-787-3434), conveniently located at the corner of Chatham Road and Wabash Avenue (the sign didn’t go up until after the first round of tornadoes) is Springfield’s newest watering hole and feeding spot. The management plans to create a home for live music and good food where folks reaching the middle ages will feel welcome and secure but can act as if they’re not growing older by the second. The other half of the restaurant/nightclub should be open within the next few weeks. Hours are 3 p.m.-1 a.m. Mon.-Fri. and 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Sat. and Sun.
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