Living The Dream
Tell us about yourself and your music
I was born in a small town called Plainview, Tx. I grew up on a farm and we ran some cattle as well. My grandad owned quite a bit of farm land and ranch land in Turkey Tx and in Plainview Tx. One of my favorite things to do besides be horseback every morning, was to ride around with my grandad on the farm. I cowboyed for the past decade and tried to run my own cattle, but the market and my resources would not cash flow. There’s nothing like the cowboy life waking up and being horseback and riding through cattle every morning, it is something that will never leave my blood.
Music has always been a passion, my Papa played guitar my whole life and that’s where I got my start. I learned how to play when I was 13 and have been playing ever since. I started out listening to some older country like Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings, but my music really is shaped around modern artists such as Tyler Childers, Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, Stoney LaRue, Jason Isabell and Sturgill Simpson. Merle Haggard and Tyler Childers are my favorite musicians of all time and probably always will be. There is no other artist I have came across that compares to Merle as far as writing music, except for Tyler Childers. Their music and writing is very different, but they are the best poets of writing you will come across.
My style of country music is what people would call Red Dirt Country. I opened up for Casey Donahue, Shooter Jennings, Chris Colston and for some good friends of mine this past year. This is my second year in the music scene and I have been very blessed and humbled by the response I have had thus far.
I believe that country is not country music anymore, as far as main stream country goes. It has by far lost its roots and values. I am very proud to be part of a music industry such as Red Dirt Country Music, because there’s so many amazing artist out there that have so many talents and everyone is there to help everyone get to where they want to be. This music industry is spreading world wide and will continue to get bigger.
Talk to us more about your latest release
I have not yet released an EP or an Album as of yet. I am going to go in the studio here in the next 2 months and cut a 4 or 5 song acoustic EP, with a very good friend of mine. I’m very excited about this phase in my career and looking forward to getting my music on all streaming platforms, for everyone to listen to.
I am a solo act right now looking to get a band together this year to start playing bigger venues, as far as for a full band venue. My acoustic shows are all going extremely well and I’m very blessed and humbled by everyone that has reached out.
Any plans to hit the road?
My shows for the next 3 months so far:
Jan 15th Pondaseta Amarillo Tx
Jan 16th 3 Hearts Steakhouse Vernon Tx
Jan 18th Knucklehead Reds Elk City OK
Jan 23rd Red Door Brewery Roswell NM
Jan 24th 2 Docs Brewery Lubbock Tx
Jan 25th World of Beer Lubbock Tx
Jan 31st Cooks Garage Lubbock Tx
Feb 1st Black Cock Brewery Roswell NM
Feb 6th Red Door Brewery Clovis NM
Feb 8th The Lakeview Grill Lakeview Tx
Feb 13th Red Door Brewery Clovis NM
Feb 15th Hotel Turkey Turkey Tx
Feb 21-22 The Texas Club Riudoso NM
Feb 27th Red Door Brewery Roswell NM
Feb 28th Back 40 Canyon Tx
March 6-7 The Hidden Tap Riudoso NM
March 14th The Lakeview Grill Lakeview Tx
March 18th Pondesta Amarillo Tx
March 26th Mama Tried Irving
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
Branding your self to me, is about your integrity, honesty, and humility. If you don’t have those 3 things, your branding as far as being independent won’t thrive.
You have to be honest to yourself and to the music. You need to be able to connect with the fan base on a emotional level, to where it is relatable to them and what they go through on a daily basis. I always try to make it to where it’s relatable to the audience.
Who have you been listening to lately?
Read South Hall Band
Band of Heathens
Who are your biggest influences?
His legendary music will never be gone. There will never be another artist that will be like Merle. He could sweep you off your feet with the first down beat on the first song.
His Kentucky roots and writing skills are beyond his time. He’s a young soul with an aged vision. He will always leave you speechless.
Tell us about your passions
Besides music, my passion for life is to be the best father and husband I can be, no matter what. I fail so many times at both, but if I didn’t have them my, life would be pointless.
Running my own cattle is a passion of mine to that I have yet to fulfill fully. I have been in the cattle Industry my whole life and will always be apart of it. I will own my own ranch one day, it will just take time.
What else is happening next in your world?
Raising kids and making memories is what is going on these days, beyond music. Ever since I’ve started working for myself, I have felt this since of relieve come out of me. It’s made life so much less stressful. I’m very blessed and humbled to do what I do in this life.
If you take nothing else from this interview, remember this. “LIFE IS TO SHORT TO NOT LIVE YOUR DREAMS!! IF THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A WAY. Always keep your NOSE ON THE GRINDSTONE!!”
Thanks for an awesome interview, Tanner Lane