Tanner James comes from a long line of peasant farmers, trail riders, elk hunters, alcoholics and agriculture salesmen; the perfect pedigree for a folk singer.
He is one of the last great Canadian storytellers, who is proud to carry on the oral storytelling tradition. His songs are about the people he meets and places he’s been. They are gut-wrenchingly funny and heartbreakingly confessional. He can move an audience around and make them laugh and cry.
Punk rock taught him how to Do-It-Yourself, indie rock taught him how to think outside the box, while roots music is where he always knew he would end up. Most of all, Tanner is a songwriter.
His list of songwriting accolades is long, including a 1st place win at the Calgary Folk Music Song Contest and a semifinalist in the UK Songwriting Competition.
Tanner completed a musician-in-residence program at the prestigious Banff Centre in late 2015, where he wrote a new collection of songs and performed a number of recital hall shows.
His upcoming release, Painted Horses, is a broad-stroke of life in Western Canada. It was recorded at Riverdale Recorders in Edmonton Alberta (Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans, Carolyn Mark)
Tanner is a full-time musician who plays nearly 150 shows per year, all over North America. He spends a portion of his time down in Nashville and the other portion driving around to rural parts of Canada.