James Paul, Executive Director
James comes to The TANK from a career of more than 20 years as a grant writer, arts administrator and executive director of non-profit arts organizations. In New York, James headed the House Foundation for the Arts, which represents the work of singer and composer Meredith Monk. For 12 years, he and his late wife Joan Arnold owned and ran a country opera house in Ancram, New York, 100 miles up the Hudson from NYC. He is originally from San Francisco, where he worked with the Exploratorium, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and other organizations. He is also a poet and writer, author of several books.
Samantha Wade, Resident Audio Engineer, Keeper, and Guide
Samantha Wade records all Standard Sessions in The TANK. Known as The Voice of The TANK, Samantha grew up singing in its splendid resonance. Her grandmother, Barbara Wade, lived across the street and was for many years the Keeper of the Key. Samantha carries on this tradition as she greets visitors, gets them to sing, and introduces them to this sonic treasure. This fall, Samantha will have a Residency at The Music District in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she will receive vocal training and will participate in the Nashville Music Masters Academy, studying with some of the best recording engineers in the country.
Michael Van Wagoner, Technical Assistant
Recently arrived in Rangely from Price, Utah, Michael assists on all aspects of the TANK’s technical set-up, from recording to acoustical arrangement, outdoor concert placement, and site maintenance. Michael is also a musician and a visual artist.