Bryan Ranney. Not A Ukulele.

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'Not A Ukulele' Tour: SF Bay Area

The Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA

Bryan Ranney (STL, MO) Fellow Wolf (SF, CA) The Elegant Bachelors (Bllomington, IN) The Sweet Divide (Oakland, CA)

Tell your friends to get there early; Bryan kicks off the evening at 8pm with a special solo performance.

$7 Admission. 21+

LifeBridge Partnership Happy Hour w/ Bryan Ranney

John D. McGurk's , 1200 Russell Blvd., Saint Louis, MO

Happy Hour sponsored by the LifeBridge Young Professional Board.

Grab some friends and enjoy an evening of drinks, appetizers, listening to live music, and meeting new people. LifeBridge’s Young Professional Board conducts four happy hours each year to promote the mission of LifeBridge.

Live Music by Bryan Ranney (

Purchase a $10 wristband for appetizers and discounted drinks. Wristbands are sold the evening of the Happy Hour at McGurk’s by the Young Professional Board.

A raffle for various prizes will be conducted. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20.

Funds that are raised support LifeBridge’s efforts to provide programs to children and adults with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.

Homecoming Party @ Venice Cafe

Venice Cafe, 1903 Pestalozzi, Saint Louis, MO 63118

Homecoming Party @ Venice Cafe.

Let’s show some Venice Cafe School Spirit!

Wear your letterman jacket. Bring out your pom-poms. Squeeze into that old prom dress. Who has the mascot costume?

Athletes: Dress out for cheerleading & football.

Nerds: This may be the night you finally lose your virginity.

Goths: You do you.

Chaperones: NOT ALLOWED!

We will be CROWNING a Homecoming King and Queen, so DRESS TO IMPRESS!

The big game kicks off this Saturday at 9pm w/ Bryan Ranney & The Makeout Under The Bleachers Band.

21+ $5 Admission.

The Ragbirds + Bryan Ranney

The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy, 4140 Manchester Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110

7:00pm (Doors); 8:00pm (Show) / $8 (Adv); $10 (DOS) / 21+

The Ragbirds

Hook-laden pop with a kaleidoscopic array of worldly influences, The Ragbirds exhibit a gleeful disregard for contemporary folk-rock convention. The group is clearly built around the multi-talented Erin Zindle, who is not only the singer and songwriter, but is proficient in a variety of stringed instruments. This classically trained violinist can aptly pluck the eight-stringed mandolin, wield a wild accordion, and rock the banjo while maintaining lead vocals. Surrounding Zindle's earthy-sweet voice is the whirlwind of a guitarist T.J. Zindle, superb bassist Dan Jones, drummer Jon Brown, and standout percussionist Randall Moore.

After seven years of averaging nearly 175 shows a year, all over America; Ann Arbor, Michigan based world-beat-folk-rockers The Ragbirds finally took a break from touring in late summer 2013 to celebrate the birth of Aviva, daughter of front-woman Erin Zindle and percussionist Randall Moore.

In March 2015, the band spent two full weeks recording their fifth studio album with Grammy nominated producer Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, R.E.M., Willie Nelson). The project, which was successfully funded on April 8 via fan campaign website, has a release date of early 2016.

Showing no signs of slowing down, The Ragbirds (with baby Aviva and nanny in tow!) continue to spread their unique blend of enthusiastic folk rock and world beat Americana all over the United States and beyond, and will be returning to concert venues and festivals stages all over the country this year and for many years to come.


Bryan Ranney

Mandolinist and singer, Bryan Ranney has spent the last year traveling across the country on the ‘Not A Ukulele’ Tour, selling-out venues, winning media attention, and delighting listeners with his catchy, original brand of alternative-folk music. Ranney leads a band of skilled improvisors, a band he likes so much that he named it after himself. Brought up in the hard-knock Saint Louis music scene, each member is a fine representative of the vibrant, melting-pot, americana-culture of acoustic blues, hippie-bluegrass, and river-town roots music that pervades the region. A truly gifted performer, Ranney seduces his audience with simple melodies, beautiful phrasing and a hypnotic groove. The characters that inhabit his songs can be dark and complex, but the poetry that renders them is genuine and unembellished. In concert, Bryan Ranney will warm your heart and leave you buzzing long after the final applause.

Work Your Way Out: 25 Years of Ani DiFranco

Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave, Saint Louis, MO

Suzie Cue, Bottoms Up Blues Gang, Genevieve & Special Guests.

(Bryan is a special guest.)


'Not A Ukulele' Tour: NOLA

Circle Bar, 1032 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130

'Not A Ukulele' Tour: New Orleans, LA

Bryan Ranney is celebrating the 'Not A Ukulele'-ness of mandolins everywhere on his 2015 tour. He is singing original songs and winning fans the way an indie musician does: with stickers and t-shirts.

The building at 1032 St. Charles Ave., has a history as interesting as its current look. One of the oldest structures on Lee Circle, it was built around 1883, replacing an antebellum frame house. Its unique look comes from the various periods of architectural styles - including Greek Revival, Italianate, Second Empire and late Victorian - all joined together to create a look unlike any other.

One of its earliest uses was as the office of Dr. Elizabeth Magus Cohen, who wasn't only the first female physician in New Orleans but also the first woman licensed to practice medicine in Louisiana. After graduating from the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania, Dr. Cohen came to New Orleans in 1857. Though she was faced with recurring epidemics of smallpox and typhoid and yellow fevers, she was known as one of New Orleans' leading surgeons. At the end of her 30-year career, she claimed that she never lost a patient during surgery.


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'Not A Ukulele' Blog

PHOTOS: In the Studio w/ Chris Helmick 

Welcome to the 5th installment of our LOVE & CONNECTION 'Live In Studio' Photo Series. The Bryan Ranney Band is producing a record called CHANGING THE LOCKS, a full length album of original music about growing up, breaking up, falling in love and finding ways to come together. This week we feature guitar-player & brooding genius, Chris "Toefire" Helmick. Check it.

Toefire Goes Electric

Selfie Nerds

Helmick Envy

Chris Turns Feelings Into Sounds

Just Before The Robots Became Self Aware

Oh God. Don't Move. It's Right Behind You.

Here's the rest of the pics >>> LOVE & CONNECTION 'Live In Studio' Photo Series.

Bryan's Birthday Party / Kickstarter Thank You #2 

‘Not A Ukulele’ Presents   

Bryan's Birthday Party   
Pop’s Blue Moon   
Wednesday, March 16   

Free To All Supporters & Loved Ones  

5249 Pattison Ave. 
St. Louis, MO 63110 

Bryan Ranney Band   

Adam Andrews … harmonica / washboard    
Chris Helmick … guitar     
Mathew Flory … upright bass    
Drew Lance … cajon    
Leslie Sanazaro … piano     
Justin Steinbecker … djimbe    


Bryan Ranney … mascot 


PHOTOS: In the Studio w/ Matthew Flory 

After the hugely successful LOVE & CONNECTION crowdfunding campaign, Bryan Ranney Band is hard at play in the recording studio.

CHANGING THE LOCKS is an album of original music about growing up, breaking up, falling in love and finding ways to come together. This week, Matthew "Doctor Toxin" Flory thump-thumps away on the upright bass. 

LAST WEEK's PHOTOS: Drew Lance Beats Drums

Matthew Flory, Upright Bass

Bass Face

 Adam Long: Tracking the Take

 Doctor Toxin

PHOTOS: In the Studio w/ Drew Lance 

Bryan Ranney Band is back in the recording studio! This week, Drew Lance has been banging on drums, tracking percussion instruments and singing some sweet backing vocals. Enjoy these photos:  

Adam Long & Drew Lance  

Studio Selfie!  

Bryan Ranney & Drew Lance  

Spotlight: Backing Vocals.  

Tracking Happy: Drew Drums. 

Kickstarter Thank You Party # 1 


‘Not A Ukulele’ Presents  

Key To My Heart: A Celebration  
Pop’s Blue Moon  
Wednesday, February 17  

Free To All Supporters & Loved Ones 

5249 Pattison Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110

Bryan Ranney Band  

Adam Andrews … harmonica / washboard   
Chris Helmick … guitar    
Mathew Flory … upright bass   
Drew Lance … cajon   
Leslie Sanazaro … piano    
Justin Steinbecker … djimbe   


Bryan Ranney … mascot 

Right On Time 

"Hello Bryan, I missed your cut off date for the Kickstarter, but can I still get on the bandwagon? I don't see where I can contribute. Am I too late?"  

Actually, you're Right On Time!!

Due to a high volume of requests, we have created a system for folks who missed the original deadline. CLICK HERE!

Bryan & Team 'Not A Ukulele' just wrapped up a successful Kickstarter Project to fund Bryan's new album, CHANGING THE LOCKS, which explores themes of LOVE & CONNECTION. The campaign closed on Feb 1st at 11:59pm. We raised $15,443 from 171 backers. 

LOVE & CONNECTION: Changing the Locks 

CHANGING THE LOCKS is a new album of original music by Bryan Ranney exploring LOVE & CONNECTION.

Team 'Not A Ukulele' is poised to finish production of a 10-song album that encompasses and explores themes of love & connection. Will you help us take the next step?

Music brings people together. It creates a space for authentic emotional connection and sharing. I come from a family of musicians who taught me about love & connection by gathering in times of celebration and mourning, to play together, sing together, and laugh together. I’ve committed my life to music, spending the last 12 years as a full-time professional artist. I perform with intention; I aspire to move my audience, to provide catharsis and release, to give rise to experiences of love & connection.  

I’ve dedicated myself to spreading love & connection through music. It’s my dream to do this on a worldwide scale, but I need your help to get there. After years of writing songs and refining my craft, immersed in my local music community, I developed a set of skills and a network of supporters that empowered me to launch a year-long tour across the United States. The band of musicians that coalesced around me through this process has elevated my music to new heights and I am so grateful for them!