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 Street Entry, Nomad World Pub, Inbound BrewCo, Urban Growler, Dubliner Pub, Acadia Café, Longfellow Blues Fest, Driftwood Char Bar, Contented Cow, Hat Trick Lounge, Nomad World Pub, and Lift Bridge Brewery.

And now it’s time to bring the music to the Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater. Come join the [SOLD OUT!] musical party as Ghost Wagon debuts its 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. Sit back and enjoy or get on your feet and move around. However you like to experience live music – work your own program.

This time around Ghost Wagon is: Steve Burnett (bass), Josh Braun (guitars), Chris Hagedorn (sax), Ryan Kirvida (drums), John Mack (guitar), Chuck Nelson (vocals/guitars/harp), and AJ Swenson (vocals). You may even meet some special guests, and hopefully new friends, during the ride.