- From Los Angeles, California. Wagner was born and raised in Mississippi.
- Attended the Berklee College of Music (Boston).
- 1999, lived and played bluegrass in New York City.
- 2000, moved to California.
- Plays banjo and fiddle, sings lead in his band The Old 97 and writes most of their songs.
- Band includes Craig Ferguson (guitar), Devitt Feeley (mandolin) and Andrew Paddock (bass.)
- 2007, released My Native Land album (no label).
- 2007, appeared on Fox TV’s “The Next Great American Band.”
- 2008, released Hobo’s Lullaby album (no label).