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Gary Rex Tanner has been swimming upstream against the conventional trends of the music business for many years. Indifferent to and unconcerned with the commercial aspects of the "business," he reaches back, without restrictions, to the original innovators of America's musical heritage for his inspiration and influence. From Fats Waller to Louis Jordan, from Dinah Washington to Ray Charles and from Johnny Mercer to Bob Dylan, he incorporates powerful musical influences to reach and captivate his audience without subscribing to the inflexibilities and restrictive limitations of the commercial music business's dictates and demands. This uncompromising attitude has allowed a unique and unspoiled expression of one man's creativity, good humor and sensitivity that can only be experienced by hearing his songs. Enjoy!