International recording artist, music producer, and lead guitar player and music director with GB Leighton (Billboard.com - Top 10 Country Artists to Watch), who play over 150 live shows a year to sold out crowds in the Midwestern region, 70,000 album sales, and 19,000+ 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 toured Sweden in October, 2015 in support of På Svenska.

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Thank you GB Leighton Fans! 

Our 2018 trip to Mazatlan, Mexico was a huge sucess thanks to you all! A huge thanks to Norma Cisneros of El Cid for making our stay so amazing. We had over 100 fans fly Sun Country Airlines with us. We had a meet and greet sunset cruise, played three amazing shows, and got to spend lots of time with you in the sun. We also were able to do something truly special, to give back to the Mazatlan community. We were put in touch with a girls orphanage and boys orphanage to see how we could help. We put out a list of items to those heading down with us and within 24 hours all of it and more was being donated and brought down from our fans and band members. Not only that, we had over $1200 in donations from our amazing fans that Brian was able to present to the orphanage. We are beyond blown away by the love and generosity our GB Leighton family. Thank you for making this trip so amazing and memorable. 

Should we do it in 2019 too?! Drop us a message and let us know if you would be interested!


Goodbye 2017! 

What a year! It’s been three years now since I joined GB Leighton. We took our fans with us to Mexico and played all over the Midwest to great crowds. I’ve probably said this before, but the fans of GB Leighton are special. It’s a very large extended family where we know quite a bit about each other. It’s a community where we share in all that life can be. It makes us stronger. 

We got stuck in a hailstorm while playing on a barge on the Mississippi river and got pooped on by birds in Wayzata, MN, but as a general rule, the band plays on! 



It takes a real team effort to keep us going from one show to the rest and I can’t think highly enough of the guys I get to play with. At the end of the day, it’s all about the songs. We play a lot of shows, and if Brian’s songs weren’t as strong as they are, it would probably get old really quick. I’m lucky to be in a place where I get to play them and do my part to get them across every night. It’s a gift. Thank you, Brian! 



I’ve had some amazing people come through Studio Bredsound this year. My collaboration with Tina Schlieske has been really special. We’ve been making music together off and on since 1984 and we can still come up with new ways of doing things. Brian has been busy writing and recording here too and it shouldn’t be long before have something new for the fans to hear! His new songs are some of my very favorite ones of his. 



As a musician and producer, 2017 has been a great year, and I am grateful to all the people that make it happen for me. I really don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t get my Sharkfin picks. I’ve used them for 40 years now and I try to turn other guitar players on to them wherever I go. Thank you for sending them to me all the way from Sweden! Check out their website http://www.sharkfin.eu/ and this this video I made on how I use them!



Jeri Designs make my awesome guitar straps. They are handmade works of art that I get to wear every night I play a show. If they are good enough for Keith Richards, they are certainly good enough for me! Thank you, Jeri!



Electro-Voice was nice enough to supply me with a brand new PA for the smaller acoustic shows that we play. The best speakers that money can buy and unparalleled reliability! You rock!



Ernie Ball, how I love thee! I have no idea how many sets of strings that I go through in a year on stage and in the studio, but several hundred sounds about right! I remember seeing their ads when I was just a kid and how cool they were. It’s a blessing to be part of the Ernie Ball family.  They also make the coolest delay pedal on the market; The Ambient Delay. I always use some delay when I play live, and to be able to adjust it on the fly has been a game changer for me! Check it out. 




Being born and raised in Sweden, I’ve taken a keen interest in American politics since I was nine years old, watching Richard Nixon get on that chopper, wave goodbye and leave the White House forever in disgrace. It was surreal, and 2017 was that times a thousand. I believe that if you take on the mantle of being the leader of the free world, you have an awesome responsibility. You have to lead by example. On the international stage, I think we can do much better than we did in the past year. As a country, we are squarely in the mix internationally and I believe our survival depends on us realizing that. Making America an island is not the way forward. Closer to home, I think that over the years, perhaps we have come to believe that democracy is some kind of perennial flower that takes care of itself without being tended to. Some very dark political forces have taken advantage of that kind of thinking and they are working to dismantle it. Pitting people against each other and speaking of “alternative facts” is proof of that. Now is the time to speak out against it. They are banking on our collective silence to see their agenda through. After having lived in America for 32 years, I still love this country with all my heart, but I think we can do better. Let’s make 2018 a year of positive change! 




As a person, I feel like the luckiest man alive. I get to be a husband and a father and I know that these are the best years of my life. I’m old enough to not take that for granted. 

Family means everything to me. When I first met Michelle I saw that she was beautiful, but also that she was compassionate and kind. From the very beginning she became an integral part of the many things I do as a musician. She has designed album covers, booked and promoted shows, lined up accommodations and lifted tons of road cases. If you are reading this on www.patriktanner.com you can see her beautiful photography and website design as well. She has an ability to reinvent herself that simply amazes me. 

We knew early on that Elliott was gifted and that he wouldn’t get what he needed in a regular school setting. Michelle spent countless hours researching our best options for his schooling and continues to drive him to and from Normandale College four days a week. Thank you for all you do for us. I love you! 

Elliott will be ten in August and I want to hold on to every moment. Time goes by way too quickly. Jag älskar dej, min fina pojke! 



I hope that 2018 brings you nothing but joy and good health, and If I see you at a GB Leighton show, please come say hello! 

Happy New Year! 


Goodbye 2016! 

What a year. The passing of David Bowie felt like a death in the family. He was like a cool uncle that you saw maybe once a year, but each time, he left you feeling that it was ok to be different. That being different was cool. I owe him so much. 

And then there was Prince...

Just this month, I lost one of my own: Thomas Johansson played bass in Picnic Boys; the first band I fronted. There were others as well. Too many. 

I've played with GB Leighton for two years now. Over time, the meaning of the songs have really sunk in. Hope, loss, redemption, love, lust...forgiveness. What it means to be a person. If I had a shitty day with a gig to play that night, many of these songs would lift me up, the same way they would lift up the people in the crowd. A gift. Thanks, Brian. 

None of my rocking & rolling, recording and producing would happen without the support of my family. If you've been to a GB show,  you've probably met my wife, Michelle! She's been making it all happen for almost 19 years now.

Chances are you met my son, Elliott too! I know how lucky I am. I take none of it for granted. My family means everything to me. At the end of every day I thank God that I've been trusted to be a husband and a father. 

Thank you, Sharkfin for sending me to the only picks I'll ever use: The original Sharkfin! So much of my tone comes from this; the most versatile pick ever made. Ernie Ball keeps me in strings and accessories. I just added their new Expression Delay to my pedalboard. A total game changer for a guy like me who uses some kind of echo on most everything. 

You don't get up on stage unless you are at least a little bit vain, and I'm no different! Jeri Hart makes my beautiful guitar straps. If you can dream it, she can make it. 

I wish you all the best for 2017. 

Love wins. Every time. 


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