International recording artist, producer, multi-instrumentalist, music director...
Born and raised in Sweden (itself a stronghold of pop perfectionism), Patrik grew up with a unique, outside-looking-in perspective on the expanses of American songwriting, and immersed himself in it early on. By fourteen, he’d already become something of a teen star in Europe, releasing bona-fide punk records with iconic Swedish Punk bands Mass Media and HUVUDTVÄTT (Headcleaners) on both Scandinavian and U.K. labels.
At eighteen, Tanner moved to the U.S., and, soon thereafter, released two solo albums while living in his Los Angeles. Upon relocating to Minneapolis in ’94, he began his production career and has produced over 100 albums for local and national acts with major label record contracts including Maverick Records artists Justincase and Jessica Harp (The Wreckers). Patrik has also enjoyed long term collaborative stints as lead guitarist with Rykodisc artist Martin Zellar (Gear Daddies) and Sire recording artists Tina & The B-Side Movement. Patrik held the position of music director, producer, and lead guitar player of national recording band, GB Leighton (Billboard.com - Top 10 Country Artists to Watch) for 7 years.
Along with his production and lead guitar career, Patrik has also released ten albums under his own name. The newest release, Becoming the Sea, was released in February, 2022.
Patrik is honored to be officially endorsing Ernie Ball Strings. He plays nickle wound regular Slinky's on his electric guitars and Earthwood mediums on his acoustic guitars. Patrik also endorses Sharkfin Picks which he has been playing for 35 years and Jeri Hart Custom Guitar Straps.
Patrik Tanner Press Clippings:
“After years of lending both his guitar and production talents to the records of several other prominent bands, Tanner finally draws media salutes on his own. This is how it’s supposed to be done folks.” Pulse, Twin Cities
"Throughout, he proves himself to be a masterful guitarist, altering acoustic, electric and lap steel guitars with mandolin in a restrained manner that keeps his focus on making good music.” City Pages, Minneapolis
“Tanner combines clever yet simple lyrics with grinding guitars, a catchy beat and a little bit of twang.” Pulse, Twin Cities
“Simple, hook-oriented pop with catchy riffs and humble stage presence” ASCAP Live, Bam Magazine
GB Leighton 12/2014 - 9/2021
Sound of Simon 2008 - 2015
Mish Mash 2009 - 2015
Tina Schlieske 2005 - 2015
Ali Gray 2005 - 2015
Paperback Boys (Sweden) 2004
Patrik Tanner & the Faraway Men 1996 - Current
Neil! 1997 - 2006
Martin Zellar & the Hardways 1998 - 2000
The Billy's 1997 - 1998
Tina & the B-Side Movement 1994 - 1996
Patrik Tanner Solo 1988 - Current
Love Like Blood 1986 - 1988
Tina & the B-Sides 1985 - 1986
Johnson & Tanner (Sweden/US) 1984 - 1986
Posh Growls (Sweden) 1982 - 1983
HUVUDTVÄTT (Headcleaners) (Sweden)1981 - 1983
Picnic Boys (Sweden) 1980 - 1982
Massmedia (Sweden) 1979 - 1980