A Little More Country
Highway 40 Blues - Made In Japan - The Auctioneer - By The Time I Get To Phoenix - Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line - Amarillo By Morning - He'll Have To Go - Streets Of Bakersfield - Devil Woman - Statue Of A Fool
This amazing young man from Oklahoma came to the LeMars gathering in 2014 to receive our once a year "Rising Legend" award. He was on stage with terrific songwriter Larry Cordle who wrote "Highway 40 Blues" for Ricky Skaggs. I find it amazing that Tanner begins with this incredibly well done 'country' CD with that very song. When I heard this boy perform at LeMars, I was struck not only with his very gifted country voice, but also with his incredible guitar lead picking. What's so neat for me is to KNOW that this style of country music is not going away, no matter what they do to it in Nashville these days. Tanner teamed up with some incredible instrumentalists to record this winner at the BDM Studios in Commerce, Texas. Way way up there Tanner. The selection of songs is a very nice representation of what has influenced this 17-year old country singer. Brad Davis is in the studio with Tanner on this one. Davis has picked with just about every superstar in country music. He has an original amazing double-down-up guitar technique I've not heard anyone else duplicate....yet. Give Tanner a little time. Anyway he's on acoustic guitar. Milo Deering is on fiddle and steel. This is another superstar in the studios, he's been on so many national television shows it's hard to count them all, the Tonight Show, the Today Show, Letterman, Austin City Limits, it just goes on and on. What it all boils down to is they are right there behind Tanner, giving him the best there is in country music these days, and it's one huge success. Check that list of songs again, and then try to imagine what they sound like with a gifted young man singing them. This one is going to the Rural Roots Music Commission for sure. Check your calendar for 2015 Tanner, you are going to get an invite, I can almost promise you that.
REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - WWW.NTCMA.NET for Country Music News International Magazine