Tell Runyan was born and raised in eastern New Mexico. After graduating high school in 2010, he relocated to Oklahoma and found his calling as a musician and songwriter. While attending Connors State College in Warner, Oklahoma Tell began honing his craft of learning guitar, writing songs, and collaborating with other musicians. In the fall of 2012 he moved to Stillwater, OK and pursued an Agricultural Business Degree at Oklahoma State University.
During the next three years Tell's passion for songwriting and music grew. He booked countless acoustic performances throughout the Midwest and Southwestern states. Tell eventually began forming his own band with the hopes and aspirations to find success like the greats ahead of him that found their sound in Stillwater, OK. (Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland, No Justice, The Great Divide)
In August of 2015, after five years of living in Oklahoma and performing music as both a solo act and with different bands. Tell returned to New Mexico, invested time in writing new material, and formed a new lineup of band members. Doing all of this while earning a Master's Degree from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. During his time in New Mexico he performed a vast number of fairs, rodeos, festivals, bars, and private events and continued writing music.
In the fall of 2018 Tell finished his "Farewell New Mexico Tour" and moved to Stephenville, TX with his wife and newborn child. Since moving to Stephenville, he released his latest studio project titled, "Living For the Night." (released Oct. 2019) The five song EP was produced by well known musician and producer Jon Knudson (Whiskey Myers, The Damn Quails, William Clark Green) and features a duet with Texas Female Vocalist of the Year, Bri Bagwell.
As of 2024 Tell is currently working on his his next studio album and is consistently touring close to 150 dates per year. Aside from opening for acts such as Aaron Watson, Reckless Kelly, Jason Boland, and many others Tell remains a fully independent artist that creates music on his own terms. Be on the lookout for one of his live shows this year and see what's up and coming for this rising songwriter.