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The Be Good Tanyas

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Vancouver, Canada (1999 – present)

The Be Good Tanyas are an trio with and influences, hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia. They play a combination of original and traditional material, and are notable for their lush vocal harmonies.

The group features Frazey Ford (guitar, vocals), Samantha Parton (guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals) and Trish Klein (electric guitar, banjo, harmony vocals). Jolie Holland is a former member and also a frequent guest.

The story of the groups begins in early-to-mid ’90s in the Kootenay Mountains outside of British Columbia, where caravans of tree planters toiled each year to replenish the rich Canadian forests that suffer abuse by the lumber industry. Ford and Parton lived the vagabond lifestyle and made a rudimentary living as tree planters during the summer months and doing other odd jobs or traveling during the winters. When they met at a tree planters’ camp, they discovered a mutual love of music, but ultimately went their separate ways.

A few years later, Klein and Ford hooked up when both were attending music school in Nelson, British Columbia. For a time, the three of them headed in different directions: Ford went to Montreal and then Guatemala, Klein to Vancouver, and Parton traveled south through America with her dog Sherpa by her side, eventually settling in New Orleans. Chance brought the trio back together in Vancouver in the winter of 1999.

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  • murmler3

    I myself, start listening to this band after I saw Breaking Bad that's why "Waiting Around to Die" is the leading track. [3]

    10 Feb 11:50pm Reply
  • rozali

    чекнуть.

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • gerlong

    wanna cook???

    21 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Mullington

    Rain & Snow...awesome :)

    11 Jan 2013 Reply
  • ValeriaSixx

    I myself, start listening to this band after I saw Breaking Bad that's why "Waiting Around to Die" is the leading track. [2]

    5 Oct 2012 Reply
  • promiscuousness

    These ladies from Canada do American folk very, very well.

    5 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Ehsan1988

    I myself, start listening to this band after I saw Breaking Bad that's why "Waiting Around to Die" is the leading track.

    17 Aug 2012 Reply
  • azur3wrath

    Cause of Breaking Bad : )

    14 Aug 2012 Reply
  • drinkyourjuice

    Lol why is "Waiting Around to Die" the top song and not "Junkie song" or "In spite of all the damage".

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Mullington

    In My Time of Dying-great track.

    15 Jun 2012 Reply
  • MiroslavZR

    They did a good job covering Townes Van Zandt.

    3 Nov 2011 Reply
  • majo334

    such lovely, wonderful, wonderful music... thanks for all those great songs that guided me through good & bad times over the years. i'd wish they would record a new album, but i'm really thankful for the ones that exist. oh god, i love them...

    23 Oct 2011 Reply
  • noelGread

    Totally awesome!

    18 Oct 2011 Reply
  • danielaschmidt_

    Oh wow, this is so good!

    12 Oct 2011 Reply
  • gebhardino

    listen to them!

    1 Oct 2011 Reply
  • CaseyDeAnn

    Woah, they covered In My Time of Dying? I must hear this.

    8 Sep 2011 Reply
  • TamTammity

    <3 this! They should tour with The B.Goodes. There are endless possibilities for tour name puns!

    2 Sep 2011 Reply
  • delPigeon

    So much love for this band.

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • ivinhav

    omg.. 'it's not happening'<3...best song of week...sweet...

    6 May 2011 Reply
  • jamestomasino

    I hope they come through my area sometime. I need to see them live so badly.

    10 Mar 2011 Reply
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