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The Station bassist, guitarist voted Springfield favorites

Bassist Jeff Cunningham and guitarist Dave Littrell were voted “Best of Springfield” 2017 in an Illinois Times reader poll.

Here’s what the Illinois Times had to say about Jeff, who garnered the most votes for Best Bassist:

A looming and lasting figure in the local, low end of the music world, Jeff Cunningham is a bass player’s bass player. Not only is he known as a musician of renown, he also supports his instrument of choice by coordinating BassBerg, the annual charity event honoring area bassists. Jeff formed Low Phatt several years ago, the only band around featuring three bass players at once. When you’re good, you get the call to play and JC proves that maxim by being a permanent member in The Station, Los Injectors, Take 10 and the Blue Gs, four very divergent styled bands, and also guests on bass with The Deep Hollow and a few other groups in his spare time, when not teaching a new generation of bassists to be the best.

Dave captured the most votes in the Best Guitarist category. The Illinois Times had this to say:

This Chatham native blazed a trail in his early 20s touring nationally with The Station, his locally based, jam-fusion group. When not on the road he seemed to gig every night of the week somewhere in town. Now Dave spends more time with his family while focusing on playing with award-winning, acoustic-based, singing trio, The Deep Hollow (members include BoS singer-songwriters, Micah Walk and Elizabeth Eckert). He also plays in the popular cover band, The Shenanigans, while guiding the evolution of The Station. Along with his stellar guitar work on both acoustic and electric, Dave is also an accomplished saxophonist and keyboardist, plus an excellent singer on lead and harmony, as well as a prolific songwriter.

The Station was a finalist for “Best Original Music Band.”

‘We’re all here together’

It had been a couple months since we had last played our home away from home — The Butternut Hut — where we had played just about two Wednesdays a month between September 2014 and August 2016 and then an occasional weekend since. This past Friday night, it was as if we’d all been there forever. Keep reading below to see what we mean by the previous sentence and headline accompanying this post.

2017-10-06 set 2

A big thanks goes out to everyone came out, shook the walls, and filled the tip jar. If you missed it, you can find videos of both sets on our Facebook Page.

(Also, If you happen to have an idea for a song, the most efficient way to communicate it to us is to write it on the back of a $100 bill and leave it in the bucket. Thanks, T! Fiftys are also acceptable, and to be quite honest, so are singles.)

tips and lyrics

The next public performance is coming up real quick, in just 10 short days. This one will be an early show at The Curve on Thursday, Oct. 19 with the Los Injectors opening up the night at 6 p.m. sharp. Los Injectors is our bassist Jeff Cunningham’s psychobilly trio, featuring Jeff on upright bass with Damon Soper and Chris Warren. Let’s hope Jeff has a few fingers left for the two sets that will follow from The Station, wrapping up at precisely 10 p.m. You won’t want to miss it because we’re not yet sure where the next one will be.

Colophon — Head On Tomorrow

Keyboardist Chris Miller took on the the task of designing the package for the new album. Years ago Chris led a design team at a specialty publishing company and remains familiar with the tools of trade.

“I needed to turn around the artwork for the digipack quickly, so I had to keep it simple,” he writes. “I found a clean, colorful and futuristic image I dub ‘The Disco Squares’ and built everything around it. It’s a very wide image, which was perfect for wrapping around the front, spine and back.”

Everything else came together quickly, which was timely because the audio files were in already in the mastering stage and mere days from production. The inside panels and disc face use alternate treatments of the front cover image. The theme extends all the way out to a newly refreshed website, launched release day.