Elliott Ranney: Singer/Songwriter
Elliott Ranney plays classical guitar utilizing a unique finger style he developed while studying contemporary Folk/Pop, Bossa/Samba, Swing and The Cool School. His roots encompass Joni, Simon & Garfunkel, David Grisman/Tony Rice, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Michael Franks and Steely Dan, to name a few. Ranney’s vocals are warm and mellow in a laid back yet engaging style. His compositions easily fit into the American Jazz Standard song book as exemplified by his two commercially released albums, An Aging Sailor’s Dream (c.2001) and Bellevue Shuffle (c.2012). An Aging Sailor’s Dream was re-released by Inpartmaint, LLc, on the Rip Curl Record label, Tokyo, Japan. It was hailed as an Evergreen recording classic.
Elliott performs mainly as a solo act. From time to time, close friend Pat Rodriguez – Latin percussion, Ranney’s wife, Ellen Claire Ranney – vocals, and sons: Bryan – mandolin and Stephen – upright bass, have joined him on stage. Elliott and Pat (Panacea) have been performing as a duo since 1983.
Ranney’s professional career began in 1973, playing small clubs in Norfolk, VA., while serving in the US Navy. Ranney performs regularly at Blue Sky Winery, Makanda, IL. And Peaceful Bend Winery, Steelville, MO. He has shared the stage with Brewer & Shipley, Shawn Phillips and Jonatha Brooke.
Elliott’s catch phrase describing his sound is: ‘Music like an island breeze.’ Much like a soft wind blowing across the beach lifting world weary burdens out to sea, leaving the listener refreshed and re-energized.
Ranney’s mantra: Follow your bliss.