Tanner Fenoglio at Blaine's Pub
Nocona, TX native singer/songwriter Tanner Fenoglio is coming up on entering a new chapter in his life. One that has been in the making from the time he first picked up that sunburst ibanez acoustic guitar in high school. He has spent the last year in and out of the studio in Ft Worth working with a group of uber-talented musicians and producers to bring his songs to life. When asked about his upcoming EP and the long hours that he has put into making this dream a reality he simply says, “It’s time.”
Tanner called Nocona home for the first 18 years of his life. Still does. Family history and roots run deep in Montague County, especially with a name like Fenoglio. Generations of long-established Italian immigrants date back to the earliest settlers in this county.
Tanner knew all that history, knew the expectations that would be heaped on the eldest son of a six-generation Fenoglio. But what they didn’t know, what no one knew, was the dream that was surfacing and calling from a young age. A dream and a passion that would have to wait years to grow, years to bloom, years to become reality. But he knew. And he waited.
Tanner traveled the road that most tread. High school, college, job, family. But as some have discovered, God’s plan is not always our plan and things get out of order. Tanner sang, wrote songs, and played venues in college, but college comes with a price, an emotional price, and tough choices and decisions were soon in the cards. Enter Brittany Fenoglio. A beautiful young girl caught his eye and his heart, and what was a fun-loving, care-free couple soon became a family of four. And a family meant a living, and Tanner soon found out that a living was the furthest thing from making music at the time. So, with difficult choices between dreams and family, Tanner took the high road and sold all of his equipment except for one acoustic guitar and took a job working 80 hours a week in the oil field. Nights were filled with college classes because he knew an education and a degree would provide for his wife and daughter. Tanner never gave up on his dream, though, and still wrote songs that played through his mind and hummed beats that danced in his soul. Putting his music on hold was just that, on hold.
“In retrospect, I understand God’s timing 100% as it allowed me to mature vocally and become more seasoned as a song writer. I think having my wife and two daughters through this process has also given me motivation that I would not have had otherwise, motivation that has been much needed. I look back and it’s like a giant puzzle where the pieces just started falling into place with each life event which ultimately put me into a position to be able to put my heart into a CD with my songs.”
“I started playing guitar and writing songs my senior year in high school and wrote my first song called ‘Realize.’ I had friends and family that actually liked it and requested me to play it for them. I ended up doing a cheap recording of it and also played it the night of my high school graduation. It was then when I realized how powerful and influential songwriting could be when you wrote something that people could relate to. I knew then that I would never stop.”
That has been twelve years ago. Twelve long years to put things into perspective and grasp hold of this true desire to evolve into a musical artist with the maturity and growth unknown until now. And now has come.
Tanner is center stage in his life with the inception, culmination, and release of “This Town,” his first CD that promises to touch souls and inspire people to open their hearts to their own past of trials and struggles, as well as fun times and fond remembrances. He describes his songwriting as “down to earth,” and “true to myself and my life experiences.” Growing up in a small town and being influenced by those moments in life that seem insignificant at the time all helped Tanner forge those feelings into tunes such as “Cheap Gasoline,” “Two Light Town,” and the title track “This Town.”
“I have always been a sucker for writing love songs, so I have always been able to pull from past experiences to influence those types of songs. A simple love song can have such an impact on someone that is going through a tough time or a break up. My first single to radio is a love song called ‘This Ain’t the Movies’ It is about a guy who wishes his break up was a movie so he could have another shot at it but the reality is there is not alternate ending.”
Tanner’s life nowadays is not so far removed from the reality of the movies, after all, storybook endings do happen, and Tanner has all the faith in the world to lead him down this path we call country music. With God guiding the way and Brittany and the girls following closely at his side, Tanner’s time has come. Enter Tanner Fenoglio. You won’t want to miss a minute of this ride.