Van Wagner Trio 2001 Original Trio 2000 Ken Fausnaught, Van Wagner, Will Kradlak
Since he was a child, Van Wagner has been singing, strumming, rambling, and picking his way through the hills of Pennsylvania. Now 24 years old with over one hundred original songs under his belt, and co-production of nine albums, Van has developed a unique style of musical expression. He has performed several times in Europe as well as all over the United States.
His style is a hybrid of influences involving
bluegrass, blues, and folk. His songs tell the story of growing up in rural
America. Coal mining, iron milling, lumbering, religion, and farming all
work their way into Wagner's songs. His hometown of Danville Pennsylvania
is often the focus of his songs. Danville’s people, places,
Van is currently touring with the release
of his newest album “Going Back To Bald Top.” The 16 song CD features pieces
that Wagner has written about the Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania iron
miners, and several songs inspired by his hometown of Danville. The album
also contains Wagner’s song “God and Woody Guthrie”, a tune inspired by
Wagner’s deep roots in the music of American folk
“The lyrics of these songs paint a picture
of rural America’s past and present in a way that every listener can relate
to,” Wagner said.
Ken Fausnaught is a native of Northumberland, PA. Now living in Watsontown, Ken is an accomplished banjo and guitar player as well as a strong vocalist. He has recorded with Van Wagner on the album “Flat Bottom Town.” He has performed with David Hampton, L.E. Hampton and the Bluegrass Boys, The Country Boys, as well as The Last Chance Band for the past several years. Although his musical explorations have ventured into rock and country, Ken is caught hook line and sinker on bluegrass.
“When he was 9 years old, Ken’s guitar
teacher said he didn’t have the makings of a guitar player and that he
should give it up, thank God he didn’t! Come hear him for yourself and
I guarantee you’ll be thankful too!” ...Van Wagner
Craig is better know as the internation man of mystery.