Left Arm Tan (LAT) – On that afternoon drive down a two lane highway our thoughts meander…to sunny days, loves lost, heartache and reclamation. Left Arm Tan writes the soundtrack to this uniquely American wanderlust experience.
Hailing from Fort Worth, Texas, LAT pens critically acclaimed songs that feel equally at home among city skylines and old country roads. Blending Triple AAA, Americana and Alt-Country, LAT has a “twangy, almost mystical romanticism.” (No Depression)
LAT released the eponymous Left Arm Tan (known as the Phoenix album) in 2020 and most recently released Road Trip Songs, a five song EP in 2021. The band is currently recording a new album with producer Ken Coomer (Wilco), which will be released in April of 2022.
LAT’s 2018 album, El Camino, placed them squarely in the ears of Texas radio listeners with two charting singles. Routes and Branches described the title track as “almost perfect.”
LAT’s fourth release, Lorene, is a 16 song epic (release date April 1, 2016). Produced by Salim Nourallah (Old 97’s, Damnwells), Lorene examines a cross-section of American life – broken relationships, unrequited love, heartache and hope. The album’s eclectic blend of featured guests, including Texas legend Walt Wilkins and the Old 97’s Ken Bethea, exemplifies LAT’s genre defying approach to their craft. Additional guests include John Ginty (Jewel, Tift Merrit), Milo Deering (Don Henley) and Becky Middleton.
LAT released their first CD, Jim, in 2010 and the opening track Wish quickly won Song of the Year from Saving Country Music. Their follow up EP Thurm established them as a band to watch. But it was 2013’s release, Alticana, that established Left Arm Tan as the very definition of Americana meets Alt-Country. Described by Routes and Branches as “nothing less than one of the brightest, most tuneful albums of 2013,” LAT is clearly on the radar of music enthusiasts.
LAT is comprised of Brian Lee (vocals/guitar), Daniel Hines (guitar/vocals), Shawn Light (guitar/vocals), Mark Belding (steel) and Tim Manders (drums, vocals). Together they focus on authenticity above all else – baring their souls as they create a crackling, guitar driven sound with soaring harmonies.