Mark Ransom & The Mostest
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Mark Ransom & The Mostest

Bend, OR | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | SELF | AFM

Bend, OR | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 2006
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Jun
01
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ High Desert Martial Arts

Bend, OR

Bend, OR

Jun
21
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ 4 Peaks Music Festival

Bend, OR

Bend, OR

Jun
27
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Deschutes Brewery & Public House

Bend, OR

Bend, OR

Jul
03
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Black Butte Ranch

Black Butte Ranch, OR

Black Butte Ranch, OR

Jul
10
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Bend Brewing Company

Bend, OR

Bend, OR

Jul
19
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Angeline's Bakery & Cafe

Sisters, OR

Sisters, OR

Jul
20
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Private Show

Boise, ID

Boise, ID

Jul
22
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Kip's Grill

Creede, CO

Creede, CO

Jul
23
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Kip's Grill

Pagosa Springs, CO

Pagosa Springs, CO

Jul
26
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Montanya Distillers

Crested Butte, CO

Crested Butte, CO

Jul
31
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Black Butte Ranch

Black Butte Ranch, OR

Black Butte Ranch, OR

Aug
24
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Chow

Bend, OR

Bend, OR

Sep
02
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Worthy Brewing Company

Bend, OR

Bend, OR

Sep
07
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Elk Lake Resort

Bend, OR

Bend, OR

Sep
21
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Brown Owl

Bend, OR

Bend, OR

Sep
27
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Bend Roots Revival

Bend, OR

Bend, OR

May
04
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Bend Brewing Company

Bend, OR

Bend, OR

Apr
14
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ McMenamins Old St. Francis School Hotel

Bend, OR

Bend, OR

Mar
23
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Mt Bachelor

Bend, OR

Bend, OR

Mar
17
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Private Show

Sisters, OR

Sisters, OR

Mar
10
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Kobold Brewing /The Vault Taphouse

Redmond, OR

Redmond, OR

Mar
01
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ J DUB

Bend, OR

Bend, OR

Feb
24
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ 10 Barrel Brewing Co

Bend, OR

Bend, OR

Oct
01
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Bend Roots Revival

Bend, OR

Bend, OR

Sep
29
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Bend Roots Revival

Bend, OR

Bend, OR

Sep
09
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Elk Lake Resort

Bend, OR

Bend, OR

Sep
02
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Chow

Bend, OR

Bend, OR

Aug
09
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Black Butte Ranch

Black Butte Ranch, OR

Black Butte Ranch, OR

Aug
05
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Chow

Bend, OR

Bend, OR

Aug
02
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Black Butte Ranch

Black Butte Ranch, OR

Black Butte Ranch, OR

Jul
28
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Eurosports

Sisters, OR

Sisters, OR

Jul
22
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Eldo

Crested Butte, CO

Crested Butte, CO

Jul
20
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ La Cocina De Luz

Telluride, CO

Telluride, CO

Jul
18
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Kip's Grill

Pagosa Springs, CO

Pagosa Springs, CO

Jul
17
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Kip's Grill

Creede, CO

Creede, CO

Jul
17
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Kip's Grill

Creede, CO

Creede, CO

Jul
15
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Shook's Nest

Carbondale, CO

Carbondale, CO

Jul
14
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Shook's Nest

Carbondale, CO

Carbondale, CO

Oct
07
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ sportsvisionbend

Bend, OR

Bend, OR

Sep
25
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Bend Roots Revival

Bend, OR

Bend, OR

Sep
24
Mark Ransom & The Mostest @ Bend Roots Revival

Bend, OR

Bend, OR

Music

Press


Published Feb. 28, 2019 at 12:02AM
The Mostest will ‘Teleport People’ in Bend
Long-running band plays album-release show at J DUB

The Mostest -- from left, bassist/producer Patrick Pearsall and guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Mark Ransom -- releases its fourth studio album, "Teleport People."

BRIAN MCELHINEY
THE BULLETIN

Mark Ransom experienced his first UFO dream while attending college in Colorado in the late ’80s.

That same dream, or variations on it, haunted the singer-songwriter and music educator for nearly three decades, and for most of that time, Ransom didn’t understand why. But in the last few years, he received insight into the dream from one of his professors, psychologist Jonathan Young of the History Channel series “Ancient Aliens,” while studying Jungian and archetypal psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California.

“I began to understand that image as a call to what I’m supposed to do with my life: Here I am, this is what I’ve been doing; if I keep following it, where does this take me?” Ransom said.

After completing the two-year program at Pacifica, Ransom may just have a better understanding of what that dream is all about. Ransom, who has worked in music education in area schools for many years through Rise Up International, wanted to study the connections among arts, music and psychological well-being.

At the same time he was going back to school, Ransom recorded his fourth studio album with bassist and producer Patrick Pearsall and longtime band The Mostest. His first studio set in five years, “Teleport People” ties together many of these threads in a sprawling album that he hopes will lead to more interconnectivity between his performing and educating work. The Mostest — Ransom, Pearsall, drummer Jeff Ingraham and keyboardist Patrick Ondrozeck, plus guests Aaron-Andre Miller, Gabe Johnson and more — will perform a CD release show at J-DUB Restaurant & Bar on Friday.

The album’s cover, featuring a flying saucer suspending an electric guitar in the air via tractor beam, reflects Ransom’s reoccurring UFO dream, as does the title track, written by Ransom’s college friend Brian Deckebach. The space theme also features in some of the ethereal synthesizer sounds Pearsall and Ondrozeck featured between (and often within) songs.

“We looked at the theme and where I was at in my life, and we thought, well, it kind of tells a story that goes beyond my own personal thing,” Ransom said. “It’s kind of a midlife crisis story in a way; there’s some elements of that.”

For example, the song “Rewind” features the lyric, “I traded in my minivan for a new Maserati; left my true love for a new, young hottie.”

“People will hear a song like ‘Rewind’ and they’re like, ‘Dude, did you really leave your wife and go after some young girl?’” Ransom said. “… Being able to write that and put that out there, it embodies a sentiment that we hear frequently in our culture, and it’s probably pretty accurate to say that in our lives we have those kinds of feelings. But I’m sure my wife’s happier that I made a song and an album than got a girlfriend. And there again, that’s the idea behind creative process: to process our stuff, to write it down, to get it out.”

Then there’s “Julian,” a mid-album set piece that shifts suddenly from upbeat folk-rock into an acid-jazz breakdown mid-song. The song is about a hitchhiker Ransom picked up on Red Mountain Pass in Colorado one snowy morning while driving from Durango to Telluride.

“I just thought to myself, wow, anybody that just has the balls to jump in the car with somebody else driving over this on a snowy day, I said, ‘Either they’re just desperate or they’re really, really comfortable with the whole life-death scenario,’” Ransom said. “And sure enough, I thought to myself, my wife’s not gonna like that I’m picking up a hitchhiker, but this guy obviously needs help, and I know for certain that I’m gonna get a song out of this.”

Ransom isn’t kidding about being familiar with this treacherous stretch of road: He and Pearsall have toured Colorado roughly 30 to 40 times, per Pearsall’s count, since The Mostest formed in 2006.

The band’s open-membership model — roughly 50 people have played on albums or at shows with the duo over the years, Pearsall said — continued with “Teleport People.” Ingraham — known for his work with Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson and others — Ondrozeck and lead guitarist Pete Lupi formed the core band, but the album features at least 11 other musicians.

“We recorded everybody doing everything because you never know what you’re gonna get, right?” Pearsall said. “Sometimes you just get something great, and sometimes — like, Gabe Johnson’s a great guitar player. (He) came in, played four or five solos, one made it on the record. Just the way it is, and not that the stuff wasn’t good, but it’s just not fitting with all this other (stuff).”

With the album out, Ransom said he hopes to start touring with Pearsall again (the duo’s last trek out to Colorado was a couple of years ago). He wants to tie in more music education on the road, possibly teaching kids in schools at tour stops before playing an evening show.

And Ransom’s UFO dreams are different now, too. Before going back to school and making this album, Ransom said, he only saw the lights on the ship in his dream.

“As soon as I got into this work in my program and started to write songs about the stuff and did a lot of other work with it, all of a sudden the dreams shifted in character, and now the craft is structured,” he said.

GO! listen to “Teleport People,” the title song from Mark Ransom & The Mostest’s latest album: https://soundcloud.com/markransom/teleport-people - Bend Bulletin


Discography

1998 Mark Ransom   Man of My Word
1999 Rhythm Beans  Ocean in the Air
2002 Mark Ransom   Stride
2006 Mark Ransom  Champion of Mystery
2007 The Mostest  The MOSTEST
2009 The Mostest   Masala Mostest
2013 The Mostest  Zara Dreams

2019 The Mostest  TELEPORT PEOPLE

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This page is home to Mark's newsletter, "Ransom Notes," and a way to keep fans, friends and media current on musical activity, tour info and side projects. For a more elaborate history, discography and biography of Mark Ransom please visit http://www.markransom.com. For info about the Bend Roots Revival and Rise Up Presents' arts education outreach projects in Central Oregon click here: http://www.bendroots.net.

Ransom Notes Early Spring 2019:

This spring and summer we are celebrating the release of the Mostest's fourth studio album, Teleport People. The core band on the new record is comprised of Pat Pearsall on bass, Jeff Ingraham on drums, Patrick Ondrozeck on organ & Moog, and yours truly fronting the group on guitar. Beyond this quartet, many talented players contributed to the album, and deserve our heartfelt appreciation for their efforts! Pete Lupi, Travis Ehrenstrom, Gabe Johnson, Crystal Pizzola, Shireen Amini, Kaleb Kelleher, Scott Hersh, Marcelo Bernardes, and the Cutmen Horn section: thanks much for your contributions! 

Teleport People is a collection of fresh original material, some co-writes and one tune (the title cut) penned by our good friend Brian Deckebach. I was introduced to "Dex" or "Dexter" as I knew him during my college years back in Colorado, when he was in a group called 'Letric Bob & The Rattle Snakes--which later became Shuck 'n' Jive. 

My cousin, Eric Ransom, and Dex shared songwriter and guitar duties in this funky five-piece, trading gigs at frat parties with, and providing support for, groups like Big Head Todd and the Monsters and The Samples, during the late 1980's and early 1990s. The song Teleport People, which has been recorded by Eric's outfit, The Ransom Band, and also by Dexter's group, was always one of my favorites for its connection to a lifetime of recurring UFO dreams I have experienced. Dex's version has a rockabilly feel and Eric's rendition a funky R&B vibe.  

On The Mostest's interpretation, an alien-Moog noise-floor sets the stage for outward and inward exploration. Have a listen at http://www.soundcloud.com/markransom

When I asked if we could record it for our new album Dex said, "Sure, the world is probably almost ready for that one." When it was done, both our record producer and mastering engineer urged that it be the record's title cut. 

In addition to being a soulful guitarist and clever songwriter, Dex is a master luthier and CEO of Del Toro Guitars--which builds custom axes for, among others, Big Head Todd. Check Del Toro at http://www.deltoroguitars.com/index.html and thanks Dexter for penning such a fun song to play! 

Through the winter and spring I will be performing at Skjersaa's Brew Stop and Alpine Shop Apres-Ski, by the fire, 4-6:00 PM every Saturday in Bend, Oregon. I have have several dates (solo-acoustic, duo, and with full band) booked in the Northwest early summer; and The Mostest is planning a trip to the Rocky Mountains second half of July. 

We are also excited to announce: Mostest 6-piece (featuring Dave Van Handle and Jason Jackson from Cutmen Horns on Trombone and Trumpet respectively, Pat Pearsall on bass, Patrick Ondrozeck on keys, Dylan Bernal on drums, and me, your MC, on guitar) at 4Peaks Music Festival Sunday June 23rd--one of two local Bend bands to represent at Bend's own killer jam-band extravaganza this season. Thanks 4Peaks for the invitation! And get your tickets now at https://4peaksmusic.com

Performance schedule up now at https://www.sonicbids.com/band/mark-ransom/calendar/  More dates to be posted soon!

Thanks much for all your love and support!

Sincerely,

-Mark


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