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Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006 09:09 pm

The current Situation of Andon T. Davis

His new band rocks the capital city this Saturday

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Guitarist Andon T. Davis left Springfield for the big city, accomplished much, and still comes back a couple of times a year to visit and perform. Davis, affectionately known around these parts as “Ted” for most of his career, worked his way through the ranks of area bands before joining up with Cats on Holiday, the premier local band of the late 1980s and early ’90s. In addition to a short stint as LaToya Jackson’s backing band, Cats on Holiday ruled central Illinois and points beyond as performers at outdoor festivals, fairgrounds beer tents (county and state), and any bar big enough to hold the crowd that invariably came to see them.

Davis moved to Chicago as the Cats began to cool and soon became known as one of the Windy City’s finest guitar guns. He found steady work with alt-country sweetheart Anna Fermin and her band Trigger Gospel, as well as Bloodshot recording artists and rockabilly experts the Riptones. He also played plenty of those side gigs that come with the territory of being a good guitarist who plays well with others.

Davis now finds himself in a rock trio called Situation Davis. The quick story: Three well-worn Chicago musicians play a knock-off gig together in 2004 and hit it off. After a few more jams, they pick a name, line up some gigs, create a MySpace site, and write a few songs, and off they go into the wilds of the live-music world.

The other two-thirds of Situation Davis — John Carpender, drummer for, among others, Robbie Fulks and Michael McDermott; and Tom Gerlach, bassist for a variety of acts, including early-’90s indie cult favorites the Phantom Helmsmen — have more than paid their dues. Carpender, during his tenure with McDermott, appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, among other notable gigs and opening-act performances.

Now they’ve joined forces instead of backing others and started writing their own tunes and scoring such high-profile Chicago dates as the opening reception for the late Linda McCartney’s photo exhibition and a well-received slot at the Double Door earlier this month. These guys are hardy veterans, true professionals, and it shows.

Situation Davis rocks the house at Thirsty’s Playground (1975 W. Wabash, 217-787-7273), 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.

Contact Tom Irwin at tirwin@illinoistimes.com.

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