Musikanto is the spinoff of the series, Sleeper Car. After touring with the Chicago quintet for 3 + years, Musikanto has established himself as a prolific singer/songwriter. Born Mike Musikanto on Chicago's Northside in 1983 (but performing under only his last name), he grew up listening to his fathers obscure folk and roots rock records like Fraser and Debolt and Jerry Hahn. With a propensity towards heartbreaking ballads and melodic melodrama, Musikanto's songs have the bite of a Chicago winter. Celebrating elements of orchestral music, country and jazz, Musikanto manages to maintain the continuity of the American Folk tradition with undoubted ease. Musikanto tends to offer a different perspective through well crafted arrangements and compositions on “Ghost Pain”. With the lyrical weight of artists like Van Morrison and Elliott Smith, Musikanto's narratives rattle the core of the human spirit. Recent performances with Jesse Malin, AA Bondy, Mason Jennings, James McMurtry, Dan Bern, The Handsome Family, Cory Chisel, The Gourds, Jason Isbell, Alejandro Escovedo, etc.