Van Ghost, The Newest Pure Indie Rock Featured Artist
On-Air Band/Artist: Yes
For nearly a decade Michael Harrison Berg of Van
Ghost was a behind the scenes type of guy. Having poured
his energy into his ventures as a concert promoter and band
manager, little was left over for personal creative
That all changed in 2007 when Berg’s close friends
encouraged him to revisit the acoustic guitar he put down in
his younger days and asked him to perform a song at their
wedding. Melding the inspiration from the many talented
bands he has worked with and his own passion for music, the
singer returned to his roots. He began writing songs,
drawing from his life experiences, creating a heartfelt and
staggeringly honest perspective. After building up a solid
repertoire of poppy folk ballads, gritty Americana tunes and
classic rock laced jams, Berg called on his dear friend
Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), and they
collectively assembled an all-star cast of musicians and
named the project Van Ghost.
With an exquisite 5 piece band flavored with psychedelic
guitars, an earth shattering rhythm section, & haunting
guy/girl harmonies, the band played it’s debut show before a
packed audience at Chicago’s revered Metro in January 2008.
It was an auspicious beginning for one of world’s most
promising new acts.
Following up their debut record, “Melodies For Lovers”, on
Split Red Records, the band headed down to Nashville, TN to
begin the tracking of their next release “The Domino Effect”
for Dustimmoff Records (a start up label with Split Red
owner Timm Martin & 2009 Grammy winning
Producer/Engineer/Mixer Justin Niebank). With Justin Niebank
at the helm the bands sound continues to develop and expand.
Berg has established that he is as comfortable operating
under the spotlight as he is behind the curtain. With Van
Ghost, he sets out to inspire music fans the same as other
artists have inspired him – one song at a time.