Band Bio

Anyone who has seen Ryan Daniel perform can tell you that he connects with his audience. He makes every member feel like they are the most important person there. Ryan cites Garth Brooks as his major influence: “When I perform, I want the crowd to feel what I’m feeling,” says Ryan. “I like to reach out and make them part of the show. I think Garth did it best!”

Ryan served as a proud member of the United States Air Force for 9 ½ years where he was an AMMO troop. During this time he was also selected to join the elite musical touring group “Tops in Blue.” Ryan toured 20 different countries entertaining an estimated 250,000 troops and civilians alike. During this tour, he met his producer, Barry Best. Together, they created Ryan’s debut album “Love, Life, and Memories.”

While signing a management deal with WBA Entertainment, Ryan has now partnered with Stringer Performance, has a full artist endorsement with Westone Audio. 2017 proving to be another great year as Ryan’s Music Video for “Feel Good Feelin” Won Best Country Video of the Year at the IMC Awards!  Ryan was nominated for “Best Country Song of the Year”, “Country Artist of the Year” and “Best Live Performance of the Year” for 2016 at the Indie Music Channel Awards in LA for his new single “Feel Good Feelin”. On April 24th 2016 he received the award for “Country Artist of the Year”! ” Feel Good Feelin” spent 5 weeks at #1! He was also an Indie Music Channel 2015 Nominee for “Song of the Year”and “Country Artist of the Year” with his new single “Lies and Bruises”. “Lies and Bruises” is making waves as it broke the record for 6 weeks at #1 on the Top 40 Countdown on the Iceman’s internet radio show. The debut album “Love Life and Memories” won the 2014 Indie Music Channel (IMC) Award for “Album of the Year” and Ryan also took home “Country Song of the Year” for “Love Lives On”, a previously unreleased song penned by Billy Currington. Ryan was also a nominee for “County Artist of the Year.” His debut single, “A Silent Movie”, received major airplay on numerous radio stations, including WKML in Fayetteville, NC, where it ranked #1 on the top 5 at 5:00 for 2 weeks. Singles “Honky Tonk Holiday” and “Unknown Soldier” were certified No. 1 and 3 respectively on the International Association of Independent Recording Artists (IAIRA) music chart. He has teamed up with Wal-Mart and Coca-Cola to perform at Grand Openings of Super Wal-Marts from North Carolina to Tennessee. Ryan was also named a nominee for the Randy Travis Award at the Carolina Music Awards and won Best Country Music Artist of the Year at the Carolina Music Awards in 2012.

Ryan is a diligent, hard-working artist who has booked over 600 shows independently. Of those, 100 have been at military installations or venues, showing that his strong military roots are firmly in place. Kind at heart, Ryan is always willing to support worthy causes as demonstrated by his performances at Phi Delta Theta Fraternity in Orlando, Florida in support of ALS, back-toback “Warrior Jam” events, where money is raised to support troops suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injuries), and the “Pink Heels Tour” in support of breast cancer awareness.

In 2014, Ryan toured under the auspices of Air Force Entertainment, where he spent the holidays performing for the troops overseas in an effort to bolster morale and remind them they are not forgotten. Ryan promoted his freshman release and raised morale from Texas to Turkey and Afghanistan to Iraq. Ryan always gives back. While on tour Ryan donated over 500 copies of the album for free release to the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines still stationed in harm’s way. Ryan continues to work on raising funds for a tour to continue his support of soldiers with PTSD and TBI. New Album “Back For More” coming later in 2017 along with touring again with Air Force Entertainment! Presently Ryan is in the studio finishing up his album and touring nationwide!

Born in Flint, Michigan, Barry began his study of music with private piano lessons at age 9.  After graduating high school, his band appeared on the same bill with such seminal Michigan acts as Bob Seger, Iggy Pop, The MC5, Grand Funk Railroad and Ted Nugent.  In the early 70’s Barry moved to Los Angeles, where he did session work and played regularly on the Sunset Strip.  Barry made the move to Toronto, Ontario after being offered the position of keyboardist and music director with Canadian group Edward Bear, who’s hit “The Last Song” was number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. After a 3 year stint with Edward Bear, Barry moved to Valdosta, Georgia in 1981 to pursue a degree in music from Valdosta State University, eventually graduating Magna Cum Laude with a minor in television production.  While in college, Barry played with jazz greats Red Rodney, Nick Brignola, Willie Thomas and Duffy Jackson.

In 1993, he accepted a position with Air Force Entertainment as an arranger for their premiere entertainment troupe, Tops In Blue.  In 2000 he was promoted to Music Director for Air Force Entertainment and Tops In Blue and continues in that capacity. In addition to his work with the Air Force, Barry has produced several projects including background vocals for Lea Michele’s performance of America The Beautiful for Superbowl XLV (at the time the most-watched event in television history) and musical arrangements for the Diamonds and the Glenn Miller Band. Additionally, Barry has written several big band arrangements recorded by the University of Nevada Jazz Ensemble, and recently signed a publishing deal with Fervor Records/Mighty Music. Barry also produces music for local and regional radio and television ads and independent album projects. His clients include  Harvey’s Supermarkets, Turner’s Furniture, Video Warehouse and country artist Ryan Daniel, winner of the Indie Music Channel’s 2014 Album of the Year and Country Single of the Year, both produced by Barry. Presently, Barry is nominated for the 2017 Indie Music Channel’s Producer of the Year Award.

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Lucky Bush, from Mobile, Alabama is an accomplished singer, drummer, and Airman that has performed in countless situations across the U.S. and around the World. Lucky began playing drums at age 11 after being inspired by his Mother, who had taught him to sing years earlier. After playing and studying music extensively throughout high school, Lucky moved on to the club and one night scene in the Southeastern United States. It was during this time that he began formal study in orchestral percussion with Dr. John Papastephan at the University of South Alabama.

In 1986, he joined the Air Force and moved on to Wichita Kansas, his first duty station, to begin his military career. While stationed in Kansas, he attended Wichita State University where he studied percussion with Dr. J.C. Combs while performing a myriad of musical styles from orchestral to Caribbean steel drum music. Additionally, Lucky studied privately and took lessons from drumming greats Ed Soph, Steve Houghton, and Matt Wilson.

Lucky’s next musical highlight that would further shape his growth, development and musical career came in 1991 when he was selected to tour with the United States Air Force Entertainment group, “Tops in Blue”. Lucky traveled to 15 countries playing a variety of musical styles to thousands of military members, their families, and countless civilian audiences. He later toured again in 1997 and current serves as the first call drummer for the USAF “Talent Search” band that performs annually to accompany Airmen contestants vying for a spot in future “Tops in Blue” tours.

In 2008, Lucky was invited and subsequently toured with the United States Air Forces in Europe concert and jazz bands to Romania as part of a good will visit bringing ambassadorship to strengthen ties with the U.S. in the region.

Today, Lucky performs in a variety of musical environments throughout the U.S., while he finishes a successful 30-year career with the Air Force and will subsequently retire later this year to begin the next chapter is his musical life.

Brandon Blackburn was raised in the small town of Beaver, Ohio, where he was constantly exposed to bluegrass and country music.  At the age of 13 Brandon started learning how to play guitar, and by the age of 16 he began playing in various live music venues across rural Ohio.  In 2013 Brandon decided to take the next step toward a career in music furthering his education at McNally Smith College of Music where he earned his Bachelors of Music in guitar performance. After graduation Brandon moved Nashville, Tennessee to pursue music as a full time career, where he began teaching the instrument and performing anytime he had the opportunity. Brandon now performs on the road with country music artist Ryan Daniel.

Tim is from Alaska, he started playing guitar at the age of 14. As a student of music he plays many styles including country, rock, blues, jazz, funk and R&B. After performing throughout Alaska, Washington and Oregon for several years he joined the Air Force band. While in the Air Force he preformed on guitar, pedal steel guitar, dobro, harmonica and banjo. He has performed throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Canada and The United States. Tim retired in 2015 and moved to Nashville. He enjoys a career as a musician and recording engineer/producer. Tim strives for excellence in all his endeavors and is constantly learning and growing as a musician and person.

Brian Granger was born and raised in the heart of Cajun country, in small town Opelousas, Louisiana. Influenced by zydeco and cajun bands growing up, he picked up the bass guitar in 1992 and has performed in several Louisiana bands playing a variety of styles. Brian decided to join the Air Force in 1997 and in 2006, he was honored to have toured with the United States Air Force Entertainment group, Tops In Blue, where he served as the technical director and audio engineer.  While there, his passion for music expanded and he began to develop a greater appreciation for the work that goes on behind the scenes of a musical production. While serving in the Air Force, he performed with many local bands in many locations to include Las Vegas, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Colorado Springs, Illinois, Alabama, and Okinawa.  Recently, Brian retired from the Air Force after serving 20 years, and currently resides in Montgomery, Alabama with his wife and three children.