The Be Good Tanyas

The Be Good Tanyas


The Be Good Tanyas create haunted music; old-world nostalgia conjured up by three women of the present. The sincerity of their love, with the naturalness of their bond on stage yields pure, stripped down, soulful country music.


They first met in the mountains of British Columbia at tree-planting camps and open-stages. After traveling separately they reconnected one particularly dark, rainy, dismal winter in Vancouver, CAN. Fellow traveler/singer/fiddler Jolie Holland was linked to The Be Good Tanyas at the time, and introduced them to Obo Martin’s rebel anthem “Be Good Tanya,” from which their name was culled.

Blue Horse (2001), Chinatown (2003) and Hello Love (2006) have all taken shape in the untreated, organic recording setting that has become so much a part of the ladies’ signature sound. Self-produced, Hello Love is a blend of old-timey blues, country, and folk, born from a whole-hearted approach to simplicity. Their fan base has grown to encompass their idols; Emmylou Harris recounts that after hearing “The Littlest Birds” on the radio, she immediately ran to the record store and bought the album. After watching their show at the Cambridge Folk Festival, Joe Strummer had them autograph his well-worn copy of Blue Horse.


Blue Horse (2001), Chinatown (2003), Hello Love (2006)