Utah-based singer-songwriter Ryan Tanner is no stranger to the pages of American Songwriter. In 2010, Tanner won the Grand Prize for the American Songwriter Lyric Contest (landing a co-write with Jim Lauderdale) for his Springsteen-esque ballad “I Never Did My Best.” Tanner later went on to perform at AmericanaFest in 2014, recording a session at our office that same seek.
Tanner announced on Facebook earlier today that a new full-length album titled Promised Land was now available for download. “I’m proud of it in a way that I never dreamed I could be proud of a record,” he said of the album, which arrived without any warning.
In the liner notes, Tanner writes that the album was inspired by a lecture that screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) delivered at the British Academy of Film and Television arts in 2011.