..:: Rick Tanksley
With sand still in his shoes, country music singer Rick Tanksley has crossed the desert and is headed for a promised land of simple things. After a lengthy touring hiatus, Tanksley is singing a different song these days with his debut release, The Desert. "A few years ago, my empty search for money, stardom, and things came to an end. The lyrics to one of the songs on my album are the words of my testimony set to music. You're the Best Thing was written by Mississippi songwriter Jim Weatherly and was made popular back in the late seventies by Gladys Knight. I wanted to sing it country-style and put it on the album. The lyrics say exactly what I wanted to say about my experience...'If anyone should ever write my life story/ You'll be there between each line of pain and glory/ (Lord) You're the best thing that ever happened to me.' It has taken me a long time and a lot of dry places to find my way back to what really matters," Tanksley said.

Following the same road to stardom as country superstars, Bryan White and Alan Jackson, Tanksley's rise to fame and fortune took a downward slide. Tanksley spent his early years as a musician playing clubs on weekends. His big break came when he met Glen Campbell's manager, who also managed White and Jackson. Tanksley moved to Nashville and shared an apartment with White. Putting together a hot band with some of the best pickers in Nashville, Tanksley hit the road -- touring from one side of the country to the other.

Tanksley finally began to realize his life-long dream of living the celebrity life only to watch it transform into a nightmare of drinking and drugs. Like a huge siphon, the road drained Tanksley of his family, friends, money, and coveted career as a country music performer. For almost two years, his drinking was out of control. Tanksley later found his drug of choice, quit the music business, and came home with no money, no future and no way out. His free-fall landed him in a drug addiction center where he received a letter from a former rock-and-roll musician. The born-again bass player had found what he was searching for when he found Christ. Now a minister, he encouraged Tanksley to seek God for help. "I was sick, and I knew I needed someone or something to save me from myself. I knew that the life I was living was destroying everything and everyone around me that I loved. I was tired of all the waste, and with the Lord's help, I was determined to be that one-percent who made it." Tanksley confessed.

Now, the forty-year-old Mississippi native is back in Sebastopol, Mississippi, with his wife of nineteen years, Shellie, and his three children, Natalie, Zach, and Nick. He found his place - a record contract with Giant Records, a country album appropriately entitled The Desert, and a life in Christ. "It's hard to believe that someone singing in front of thousands of people can be in such a lonely place. It is a desert. I guess I always wanted to be 'untouchable.' But that's not what God wanted. God wants me to reach out to people who might be walking that same lonely road. I can truly thank the Lord for His salvation, life's simple things, and the sand in my shoes."
..:: Albums

The Desert
  1. Simple Things  Play
  2. Angels Don't Walk  Play
  3. The Desert  Play
  4. Call It Even  Play
  5. A Wise One's Wisdom  
  6. Mercy Eyes  
  7. Best Thing That Ever Happened ...  
  8. Shelter From The Storm  
  9. A Few Good Men  
  10. Mr. Clyde  
..:: Rick Tanksley Online
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