James Gideon "Gid" Tanner was a good fiddler, but not an excellent. He was first a comedian and entertainer, and second a musician. Tanner was born in Thomas Bride, near Georgia, GA. His made his living as a chicken farmer and attended every year the Atlanta Fiddler's Convention. In 1924, he cut his first sides for Columbia Records with Riley Puckett. In 1926, Tanner set up the Skillet Lickers, a group that recorded during the next five years and became one of the most influential bands in early country music. After the Skillet Lickers dispanded, Tanner went on to perform on radio. In 1934, he formed new Skillet Lickers and recorded his last session in March 1934 in San Antonio, TX. This was the last time Tanner went into a studio, although he kept on performing the rest of his life. He died in 1960 in Dacula, GA. His son and his grandson kept the family tradition alive.
I compiled these files from various sources:
1. Alabama Gal, Give The Fiddler a Dram (with Riley Puckett)
2. Georgia Railroad
3. Tanner's Boarding House