Ghost Wagon (then Gaslighters’ Union) was a little surprised when it came in 6th in fan voting for the Star Tribune/Vita.MN’s 2015 new song of the year contest, but did not get passed along to the finals’ round. But, just like the themes thoughtfully explored in Ghost Wagon’s tunes, life does not easily hand you an opening slot at First Avenue followed by a trip to South by Southwest. Ups and downs – strikes and gutters.

As you know, though, this is not about awards or money or fame. Certainly not anymore – not at this stage of the game. Probably never really was about that. This is about the music and sharing it with others. To that end, Ghost Wagon has been sharing the music locally while regularly performing at venues such as Lee’s Liquor Lounge, 7th St Entry, Nomad World Pub, LynLake Brewery, Inbound BrewCo, Urban Growler, Dubliner Pub, Acadia Café, Longfellow Blues Fest, Driftwood Char Bar, Contented Cow, Hat Trick Lounge, The Dubliner, 331, and Lift Bridge Brewery.

Ghost Wagon recently played to a sold out crowd at Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, debuting their latest album Crooked & Dark. Recorded at legendary Twin Cities’ recording studio, The Terrarium (Semisonic, Soul Asylum, Haley Bonar, Trampled by Turtles, Jayhawks), with Rob Oesterlin engineering and Jacque Wait mastering, Crooked & Dark, with its roots in Americana music but with a touch of rock flair, is some damn good music. You’ll hear some country, some pop, some folk, and some rock and/or roll on this album.

Ghost Wagon is: Chris Hagedorn (sax), Ryan Kirvida (drums), Steve Burnett (bass), John Mack (guitar), Chuck Nelson (vocals/guitars/harp), AJ Swenson (vocals), and Marc Dockter (keys).