The Be Good Tanyas are a folk music group formed in 1999 in Vancouver.
Formed in Vancouver, British Columbia, The Be Good Tanyas (Frazey Ford, Trish Klein, and Sam Parton) first played together at tree planting camps in the Kootenays region of British Columbia. They eventually played their first concerts in Vancouver in the late 1990s.
The Tanyas gained U.S. exposure when the Showtime series The L Word selected one of their songs, “In Spite of All the Damage”, for inclusion in the series’ soundtrack. A live version of “In My Time of Dying” was also included in the third episode of the third season, in which Frazey Ford was featured as a nun and played the song in the opening sequence. The song “The Littlest Birds” was played during the first season of the Showtime series Weeds and was included in that season’s soundtrack. The band’s music has also been included in the CTV series The Eleventh Hour and in the feature film Because of Winn-Dixie. Their cover of Townes Van Zandt‘s “Waiting Around to Die” was also used in an episode of AMC‘s Breaking Bad. On the episode “Searchers” of the AMC series Hell on Wheels, their rendition of “What Are They Are Doing in Heaven?” was played as the main characters returned to town after finding a kidnapped baby well and alive.
After the release of the first two Be Good Tanyas albums, Trish Klein collaborated with Alison Russell under the band name Po’ Girl, a project that as of April 2007 has resulted in three albums: Po’girl, Vagabond Lullabies, and Home to You.
2007 saw all members of the band pursuing their own projects.
As of 2008, the band was on hiatus, to unwind from the stresses of touring and to pursue other interests. Ford released her debut solo album, Obadiah, in 2010. In 2011 it was announced that they would return to performing with an appearance at the Winnipeg Folk Festival heralding a return to performing.
In September 2012, Parton suffered a concussion as well as multiple injuries to her neck, back and shoulders as the vehicle she was a passenger in was struck from behind by a pickup truck. In April of 2013 she was involved in yet another car accident. Medical procedures on her head during her convalescence revealed an aneurysm behind Parton’s left eye as well as a benign tumor. Parton took a leave of absence as the band continued touring North America and Europe in 2013 with fellow Vancouver musician and visual artist Caroline Ballhorn filling in.