Band Bio

Born in Massachusetts and raised in Arkansas, Ryan Daniel knows how to connect with his audience. Ryan credits 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.” Daniel makes every fan feel like they are the most important person there.

Ryan has served as a member of the United States Air Force for over ten 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 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.” Ryan has toured with the likes of Trace Adkins, Restless Heart, Trent Tomlinson, Lee Greenwood, Joe Diffie, Thompson Square, 3 Doors Down, David Cook, Craig Morgan, Mickey Gilley, Confederate Railroad, and others.

Together again with Barry Best and Co-Producer Rich Herring, Ryan’s new album “Back For More” was released April 6, 2018, selling out on Amazon the very first day! Ryan’s new single “Bring on the Night” is in rotation on country radio nationally and is quickly climbing the charts.

In 2013, Ryan toured under the sponsorship of Air Force Entertainment, where he spent the holidays performing for the troops overseas. Ryan promoted “Love, Life and Memories,” and raised morale from Texas all the way to Afghanistan.

Ryan is in his fourth year of an endorsement deal with Westone Audio and is sponsored by Pursuit Electronics, Dirty South Outdoors Apparel, and Stringer Creative. Ryan has been inducted into the Indie Music Hall of Fame and has won numerous awards including 2019 Radio Music Awards “Best Country Artist” and “Best Country Song” for “Too Country For You,” 2019 Indie Music Channel “Album of the Year” for “Back for More,” “Best Contemporary Country Artist,” “Best Contemporary Country Song” for “Bring On The Night,” “Best Contemporary Country Songwriter” with producer, Barry Best, 2018 Radio Music Awards “Best Country Song” for “Like America,” “Country Song of the Year” for “Like America,” “Country Artist of the Year,” and 2018 Winner, US Air Force “Veteran In Blue Award.” Daniel’s first album’s debut single, “A Silent Movie,” tiered number one on the Top 5 at 5 on WKML. The International Association of Independent Recording Artists (IAIRA) music charts also recognized “Honky Tonk Holiday” and “Unknown Soldier,” as they were certified #1 and #3. Ryan has also won Country Music Artist of the Year at the Carolina Music Awards (2012). Ryan’s debut video “Feel Good Feelin’” has been aired on CMT, Heartland, and Country Fix.

Now signed with WBA Records, Ryan’s “Back For More” album is full of expression and change. With songwriters on the album such as Garth Brooks, Kent Blazy, Kim Williams, Barry Best, Rich Herring and Ryan Daniel his fanbase will be surprised by the new sound that will appeal to today’s youth as well as all who love music.

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.

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.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico and Studied Electric and Upright Bass at School of Fine Arts of Carolina (PR). Julio was active for 10 years in Puerto Rico’s rock scene, touring, TV and radio appearances. Julio relocated to Boston, MA and then Nashville, TN where he performs in all genres of music and opening for well know country and rock acts like FGL, Eli Young Band, Grand Funk Railroad, Dick Dale and now touring with Ryan Daniel.