Patrik Tanner

International recording artist and lead guitar player and 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 thirteen, 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 with his Los Angeles-based band. 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 and lead guitar player of national recording band, GB Leighton ( - Top 10 Country Artists to Watch) for 7 years. GB Leighton plays over 150 shows a year to sold out crowds in the US and Mexico, has sold over 70,000 albums, and maintains a significant, loyal fan-base which includes 20,000+ Facebook fans. (

Along with his production and lead guitar career, Patrik has also released nine albums under his own name. The most recent release, På Svenska, was released in 2015. Patrik played to a sold out crowd at his release show at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He toured Sweden in 2015 in support of På Svenska. Coinciding with the tour, Patrik made appearances on national radio shows and received countless notable newspaper reviews. 


Patrik is a gear enthusiast and is very loyal to his preferred brands. He has a long history of playing Gretsch guitars and Fender amps live and in the studio. Some of Patrik's go-to Gretsch guitars for live shows are his 2006 White Falcon, 2005 Country Classic, 2004 champagne Sparkle Jet, 2003 Duo-Jet in black, and 2015 Rancher Falcon. He exclusively plays though Fender '68 reissue Vibrolux Reverb amps.

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:

“Brian "G.B.” Leighton is one of the hardest-working, best-known musicians in the Twin Cities. For the past 20 years, he and his six-piece band, G.B. Leighton, have been staples of the Twin Cities" MinnPost, Minneapolis

“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


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