The Be Good Tanyas

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The Be Good Tanyas
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The Be Good Tanyas performing in Calgary,
December 7, 2006
Background information
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Folk
Years active 1999 (1999)–present
Labels Nettwerk
Associated acts Jolie Holland
Po' Girl
Frazey Ford
Website begoodtanyas.com
Members Frazey Ford
Samantha Parton
Trish Klein
Past members Jolie Holland

The Be Good Tanyas are a Canadian folk music group formed in 1999 in Vancouver.[1] Their influences include folk, country, and bluegrass. The style of music they performed can be referred to as alt-country or Americana.

Biography[edit]

Formed in Vancouver, British Columbia, The Be Good Tanyas (Frazey Ford, Trish Klein, and Sam Parton) first played together at tree planting camps in the Kootenays region of British Columbia. They eventually played their first concerts in Vancouver in the late 1990s.

In 2000 they embarked on a North American tour that ran from Vancouver to New Orleans, before returning to British Columbia to record their first album Blue Horse with producer Garth Futcher.

The second album, Chinatown, followed in 2003. Their third album, Hello Love, was released on October 10, 2006.

The Tanyas gained U.S. exposure when the Showtime series The L Word selected one of their songs, "In Spite of All the Damage", for inclusion in the series' soundtrack. A live version of "In My Time of Dying" was also included in the third episode of the third season, in which Frazey Ford featured as a nun and played the song in the opening sequence. The song "The Littlest Birds" was played during the first season of the Showtime series Weeds and was included in that season's soundtrack. The band's music has also been included in the CTV series The Eleventh Hour and in the feature film Because of Winn-Dixie. Their cover of Townes Van Zandt's "Waiting Around to Die" was also used in an episode of AMC's Breaking Bad. On the episode "Searchers" of the AMC series He Hell on Wheels their rendition of "What Are They Are Doing In Heaven"was played as the main characters returned to town after finding a kidnapped baby well and alive.

After the release of the first two Be Good Tanyas albums, Trish Klein collaborated with Alison Russell under the band name Po' Girl, a project that as of April 2007 has resulted in three albums: Po'girl, Vagabond Lullabies, and Home to You.

2007 saw all members of the band pursuing their own projects.

As of 2008, the band was on hiatus, to unwind from the stresses of touring and to pursue other interests.[2] Ford released her debut solo album, Obadiah, in 2010. In 2011 it was announced that they would return to performing with an appearance at the Winnipeg Folk Festival[3] heralding a return to performing.[4]

In September 2012, Parton suffered a concussion as well as multiple injuries to her neck, back and shoulders as the vehicle she was a passenger in was struck from behind by a pickup truck.[5] In April of 2013 she was involved in yet another car accident. Medical procedures on her head during her convalescence revealed an aneurysm behind Parton's left eye as well as a benign tumor. Parton took a leave of absence as the band continued touring North America and Europe in 2013 with fellow Vancouver musician and visual artist Caroline Ballhorn filling in.

Members[edit]

Former members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album CAN
2000 Blue Horse
2003 Chinatown 39
2006 Hello Love 73
2012 A Collection --

Singles[edit]

Year Single Album
2000 "The Littlest Birds" Blue Horse
2003 "It's Not Happening" Chinatown
2006 "Scattered Leaves" Hello Love

Other contributions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hage, Erik. "The Be Good Tanyas - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  2. ^ "Be Good Tanyas blog". Blogs.myspace.com. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  3. ^ "Winnipeg Folk Festival 2011 Performer Lineup". Winnipegfolkfestival.ca. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  4. ^ "Official tour dates". Begoodtanyas.com. 2012-06-01. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  5. ^ http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/music/Campaign+started+ailing+Good+Tanyas+singer+Samantha/8701351/story.html#ixzz2fNHFmj4k.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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