Craig J. Hansen

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Photo by Laurie Schneider

Craig Hansen is a lifelong musician. He learned guitar and piano as a child and was playing paid gigs by the time he was 14. On his current recording projects, Craig plays various guitars, mandolin, banjo, keyboard, drums, bass, and occasional accordion and steel guitar. He’s played in all kinds of bands, from jazz to blues to Irish to heavy rock. His recording projects reflect this background, as well as an appreciation of traditional country music, reflecting his Midwestern roots.

He has issued 3 albums, Winter, Winter, Summer, Winter: Songs From Up North, Deadeyes and Artifacts, as well as dozens of singles that can be found on all major streaming services.

Craig is also an active writer. He’s published short stories and three novels, including The Skeleton Train, Winter Lake, and The Morning Door.

You can sample his short writings, called Sketches, elsewhere on this website. He adds new sketches regularly.

When not pursuing his art, Craig is an active volunteer in his community and had a long career as a university professor. He lives with his wife in Stillwater, Minnesota.