Contemporary Indie/Folk/Storyteller, novelist and award-winning filmmaker from Calgary. Plays up to 150 shows per year, all across North America. Sometimes he plays with a band, sometimes solo
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 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)
Art type: Live Music
Music type: Original Music
What this Artist plays most of the time
Home base: Lethbridge
Appeals most (but not limited) to:
Top Venues Performed/Exhibited *
Grand Theatre supporting Rose Cousins
supporting Bobby Tenderloin Universe @ Broken City