Tangents began in 1999 as The Lamar Mauldin Experience. Lamar Mauldin was asked to do a benefit show with his acoustic guitar and decided he'd like someone to come in and play some rhythm guitar to make it easier. He asked a friend of his by the name of Troy Shadley. They were now a two piece. As they began practices, they decided to bring in a drummer and a lead guitarist for the sole purpose of doing a couple "electric" songs. They practiced 5 songs for about two months and on May 15th, 1999, The Lamar Mauldin Experience played their first show. It went great. The band got great reviews and the boys decided to stay together as a band. A couple months down the road they were rehearsing for their first real gig at a place in Athens, Ga called Allen's when Lamar got frustrated with the other guys who were just playing everything but not really practicing in a organized manner. Lamar put down his bass and went out for a smoke. The guys followed him out and asked what was up and he replied "You boys are just going off on a tangent." Troy loved it. That's the name of the band!!! It stuck.
After that, the band began playing at Allen's and a place called The Cadillac Country Club on a regular basis. They did this for a couple of years until some lineup changes came about. Johnny Wilson (Drums) , Wesley Short (Guitar) and Tony Wheeler (Lead Guitar) left for various reasons leaving Troy and Lamar to find other musicians. Robert Williamson (Lead guitar), Jeff Hargens (Drums) and Danny Esposito (Lead Guitar) were hired.
This lineup lasted until Robert left to pursue other things. They continued as a four piece and began production on their first full album, titled "nothin on the radio". Their shows became more energetic and they played more clubs. (More in next section...)