Thursday, December 14, 2023

Sunday, February 12, 2023

Thursday, January 26, 2023

The Road Home - available now on major platforms!

 "The Road Home" - available now! My new album "The Road Home" is now available on all of the major streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon. Check it out!

Thursday, January 19, 2023


NEW MUSIC!! I’m very excited to share my new album The Road Home with you all. It is a brand-new instrumental album of new music for relaxing, reflection, and prayer. My plan is for it to be part of a new series of recordings over the coming years. There are some nice musical textures with a few twists that you will enjoy. My hope is that it will bless you in your quiet times and help you slow down and reconnect with God. 

Many thanks to Wayne Stewart for some additional keyboard work. 

The Road Home is now available through Bandcamp, and will soon be available through Amazon, ITunes, and all the major platforms. It is a digital-only release; physical CDs will be available at a later date.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Holiday Gift ideas from Ryan!!

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Dear friends!  I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season!  Here are some gift ideas from my music and book catalogs available at the links below!
  1. CD/Download “A Star Above The Highway” (aka “A Very Sheeler Christmas”) – my full-length Christmas album features four (4) original songs including “Iowa Country Christmas”, and “We Are Waiting” – as well as a stylistic array of sounds from rock, blues, jazz, folk and classical elements including an arrangement with a brand-new verse to “In The Bleak Mid-Winter”.  I’m thankful to share this Christmas music with you!
  2. Ryan’s Bandcamp Store for CDs/Downloads – ALL of my albums are available through Bandcamp in CD or Download format and oftentimes both!  Bandcamp is a champion of local and regional musicians – and I am blessed to share on their platform.   Be sure to “Follow Me” there and you will get first notices on upcoming releases and merch!
  3. Ryan’s Music Books on Hal Leonard/Centerstream – I am very honored to be signed to Centerstream Publishing distributed by Hal Leonard Inc. Worldwide.   It is a tremendous privilege to write guitar and music books for them.   My books are available wherever Hal Leonard books, sheet music, and folios are sold!
  4. Ryan’s Official Spotify Channel – is streaming and playlists are your thing, then check out my full Spotify Channel!
All the best to you, your friends, and family this season!  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 
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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

*NEW BOOK RELEASE* - Ritchie Valens Songbook



I’m very happy to announce my new book Ritchie Valens Songbook: Hits and B-Sides is now available from Centerstream Publishing and Hal Leonard. This new book is the follow-up my first book Ritchie Valens: His Guitars and Music. This new book has new transcriptions to Ritchie’s other hits and b-sides in lead sheet form with guitar tablature. Ritchie’s songs featured in the book are the singles (including the commemorative and special-issue releases) on the Del-Fi label from 1958-1960. For the guitarist, I’ve has also transcribed Ritchie’s famous intros, riffs, and solos in guitar tablature format. These new transcriptions are meant to bring new enjoyment and study of Ritchie’s music to musicians and music fans alike. Song notes and photos are also included. Available now at booksellers everywhere.

Centerstream Publishing is distributed by Hal Leonard worldwide.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Surf Ballroom 2021 Masterclass - History of Rock

Tomorrow – April 7th 2021

Join Iowa State University Professors David Stuart and Ryan Sheeler for our 2021 Master Class, History of American Rock n' Roll.   Class available @ 9:00am on Facebook and the Surf Ballroom Music Enrichment Center's YouTube page.

Class Overview:

Part 1 (35min.) -- Rock History: The Golden Age of Rock 1954-59

Regional Sounds and Artists

  • Memphis – Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis
  • New Orleans – Fats Domino, Little Richard
  • Chicago – Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley
  • Clovis/West Texas – Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison
  • Los Angeles – Ritchie Valens

Part 2 (20min.) -- The Winter Dance Party of 1959

  • Tour and Artist Overview
  • Surf Ballroom February 2, 1959


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