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International recording artist and lead guitar player and music director with GB Leighton (Billboard.com - Top 10 Country Artists to Watch), playing over 150 live shows a year to sold out crowds in the Midwestern region, 70,000 album sales, and 17,000+ Facebook fans strong.

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 deals. Patrik has also enjoyed long term collaborative stints as lead guitarist with Martin Zellar (Gear Daddies) and Sire recording artists Tina & The B-Side Movement. Patrik then joined GB Leighton (Billboard.com - Top 10 Country Artists to Watch) as music director and lead guitar player. The band plays over 150 shows a year to sold out crowds. (www.facebook.com/gbleighton)

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 will be touring Sweden in October, 2015 in support of På Svenska.

Latest News

GB Leighton in Mazatlan 

GB Leighton is back from Mazatlan, Mexcio! We had a fabulous time. Thank you to all the fans for supporting us. It was great to get to know you even more. See you at the next show and back in Mexico next year!

WINDSWEPT & UNAFRAID: Thank you David Bowie 

On January 7, 2016 I read an online review of the new David Bowie album, Blackstar. The review was glowing and inspired me to write a song. It took only minutes as I abandoned the idea of making the words rhyme. It's about how lonely it can be growing up. Bowie made things a bit easier for all of us who were different. He told us we were beautiful. This is my thank you note to him.

2015 Year in Review with GB Leighton and More! 


2015: I knew from the beginning that it was gonna be a year unlike any other. So many changes and all of them for the better! 

When Brian called and asked me if I'd like to join GB Leighton as lead guitar player and band director, the time was right. I had worked with Brian in the studio before so I knew him from that. I have rarely met a person with so much integrity and heart. He takes care of his band and he takes care of his fans. In many ways he's become something like the brother I never had. To be able to play his songs night after night on stage has been a gift. Thank you, Brian. 

2015 also saw the release of my first solo album in Swedish! På Svenska started without me thinking that it would become a record, but with the encouragement from my wife and my good friend Peter Jonsson, the songs came quickly. With the help from Ali Gray and Mark Juenemann, I played a sold out show at the American Swedish Institute. In October I got the opportunity to go back to Sweden to play a couple of shows and make a video to support the album. Many thanks to Robert Höglund, Ollie Olson, and Niklas Palmklint for making the whole thing come together. I got to see some people I last saw some 30 years ago! 

Being a working musician, you count on the things that will help you get the job done. I have used Sharkfin Sweden AB picks for almost 40 years and getting a sponsorship from them was nothing short of monumental. Their picks are second to none and are a big part of my sound and how I play. Jeri Designs Guitar Straps has been making my guitar straps for ten years now. If you can dream it, Jeri can make it. Thank you for making me look good! I averaged about 20 shows a month this past summer and I could always count on Ernie Ball to keep me in fresh strings and accessories. Good enough for Keith Richards and certainly good enough for me! 

As great as 2015 was, none of it would matter if it wasn't for my family. Michelle, Elliott and I make everything a family affair and having their love and support means more than I can say. The babysitting services of Dave and Cynthia, my mother and father in law, saved us on more than one occasion this year! Me and Michelle started as a love affair on the road and remains so to this day. When I see her and Elliott out in the crowd when I'm playing I realize how incredibly lucky I am. Your love is everything. I have seen my share of twists and turns in the music business and having a family that supports you is the most important thing there is. Thank you. 

Finally, to all the people that came out to the shows this past year, a big thank you. I hope to see you all again down the road in 2016! 

Patrik

 

Patrik Tanner's Year in Review with GB Leighton

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Tour

Date Event Location
GB Leighton - Acoustic Bonfire Grill, Savage, MN Bonfire Grill, Savage, MN
GB Leighton Famous Dave's, Minneapolis, MN Famous Dave's, Minneapolis, MN
GB Leighton Pier 500, Hudson, WI Pier 500, Hudson, WI
GB Leighton - Acoustic Moe's, Moundsview, MN 55112 Moe's, Moundsview, MN 55112
GB Leighton Mainstreet Bar & Grill, Hopkins, MN Mainstreet Bar & Grill, Hopkins, MN
Ali Gray Morningside After Dark, Edina, MN Morningside After Dark, Edina, MN
GB Leighton - Acoustic Warrior Lighthouse, St Paul, MN Warrior Lighthouse, St Paul, MN
GB Leighton - Acoustic Lyric Art Center, Anoka, MN 55303 Lyric Art Center, Anoka, MN 55303
GB Leighton Minnesota Music Cafe, St Paul, MN Minnesota Music Cafe, St Paul, MN
GB Leighton Bunkers, Minneapolis, MN Bunkers, Minneapolis, MN
GB Leighton - Acoustic 318 Cafe, Excelsior, MN 318 Cafe, Excelsior, MN
GB Leighton - Acoustic Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN
GB Leighton - Acoustic Moe's, Moundsview, MN 55112 Moe's, Moundsview, MN 55112
GB Leighton - Acoustic Bonfire Grill, Savage, MN Bonfire Grill, Savage, MN
GB Leighton Minnesota Music Cafe, St Paul, MN Minnesota Music Cafe, St Paul, MN
GB Leighton Windbreak, Fargo, ND Windbreak, Fargo, ND
GB Leighton Bunkers, Minneapolis, MN Bunkers, Minneapolis, MN
GB Leighton - Acoustic Private Party, Iowa Private Party, Iowa
GB Leighton Wooly's, Des Moines, Iowa Wooly's, Des Moines, Iowa
GB Leighton - Acoustic 318 Cafe, Excelsior, MN 318 Cafe, Excelsior, MN
  • More great songs from these three gentlemen!
    More great songs from these three gentlemen!
  • Elliott loves his books!
    Elliott loves his books!
  • One of Michelle's basses!
#hagstrom
    One of Michelle's basses! #hagstrom
  • Goodbye, Mexico.
    Goodbye, Mexico.
  • Elliott on the beach in Mazatlan. Det finaste pappa har.
    Elliott on the beach in Mazatlan. Det finaste pappa har.
  • The glamour of it all.
    The glamour of it all.
  • They deserve each other. #ernieball #iplayslinky #gretschguitars #gretsch
    They deserve each other. #ernieball #iplayslinky #gretschguitars #gretsch
  • Putting together my Ernie Ball order. They also make shirts! Thanks for making me sound good!
#ernieball #iplayslinky #guitarplayer
    Putting together my Ernie Ball order. They also make shirts! Thanks for making me sound good! #ernieball #iplayslinky #guitarplayer
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