Mark Ransom

Mark Ransom

 Bend, Oregon, USA
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Bend, Oregon singer/songwriter/guitarist with jam band tendencies... Mark's music explores heavy americana and funky, guitar-driven rock n roll. Catch him solo-acoustic; or with his group, The Mostest: a seasoned original jam collaboration featuring bassist Patrick Pearsall.

Biography

Mark uses this page as a home for his newsletter, and as way to keep fans, friends and media current on musical activity, tour info, & side projects; as well as his work with The Bend Roots Revival and performing arts education in Oregon. For a more elaborate history, discography and biography of Mark Ransom please visit http://www.markransom.com.

Summer Notes:

The fourth annual Rise Up Interactive Art and Music Camp was a huge success.  Kiddos were engaged in numerous creative activities in and around Westside Village Magnet School the week following school's release.  Thanks much Westside Village for hosting! There was an amazing student film making project, several different mixed media art projects, yoga sessions, poetry and hip hop, ukulele classes, rock band and open mics. Thanks artists and musicians!  Some video of this year's camp will be up soon at http://www.riseupinternational.com.

Patrick and Mark will be teaching four workshops at the Bend Ukulele Group's Uke U which takes place July 15-17 at  Cascades Academy's campus in Tumalo, Oregon. On Friday the 15th it's a FREE kids' music workshop (10 AM) followed a student performance (at noon) to kick-off this year's event.  Then Saturday, three sessions designed for adult students: 1) The World's Friendliest Instrument (beginning/intermediate), 2) Songwriting and the Ukulele (all levels), and 3) Musical Enlightenment Through Your Uke (intermediate/advanced).  More info at http://ukeu.info/

Mostest Power Duo kicks off a mini-tour July 17 with a show in McCall Idaho. Patrick and I will be headed out for two weeks to Utah and Colorado.  We will culminate our trip in Crested Butte, CO, joining forces with Boulder-based drummer Cary Hayes, and the band TOAST for this summer celebration at the infamous ELDO... https://www.facebook.com/events/1747954292128883/
Summer Performance Schedule up now at https://www.sonicbids.com/band/mark-ransom/calendar/   More dates to be posted soon!

I will be headed back to New York in August for my second year at Butch Trucks' ROOTS ROCK REVIVAL CAMP.  This was an amazing experience for me last summer getting to jam with and learn from master players like Butch, Seth (drums) and Vaylor (guitar) Trucks, Oteil Burbridge (bass), Bill Evans (tenor sax), Barry Okley Jr. (bass), Bruce Katz (keys), and the brothers Dickinson--Cody (dums) and Luther (guitar) from the North Mississippi Allstars.   My return is both personal, to improve my craft; and professional as R&D for Roots and Rise Up.  Over the next few years we want to expand the educational aspect of The Bend Roots Revival and develop an offshoot camp (like the Sisters Americana Song Academy--but focused on the heavy jam). I encourage any who love the Allman-style roots-rock groove to check this out. Changed my life! http://www.rootsrockrevival.com/

This year we celebrate a decade of the Bend Roots Revival and the Roots/Rise Up Education Project.  The festival is scheduled for September 23-25. I am happy to announce we are again partnered with Deschutes Brewery, The Old Mill, Oregon Community Foundation and Breedlove Guitars.  This event requires much community teamwork and support.  If your business would like to help sponsor please contact me at (541) 390-2940.  If you are interested in being a volunteer please contact Samantha smdharber@hotmail.com. If you are an act wishing to perform there are still a few slots left, but they are going quickly, and the only way to secure one is to email themostest@ykwc.net.  The 2016 Bend Roots Revival will feature 15 FREE educational workshops and showcase 75 regional bands. The first draft of the schedule will be posted on July 15 at http://www.bendroots.net.  REMEMBER TO SAVE THE DATE! 

Thanks much for all your love and support!

-Mark


Lyrics

The Other Side

Written By: Mark Ransom

I been here before and I done all of that
I got more lives than a supernatural cat
I got a good job and a good life
Two beautiful kids and a wonderful wife

We all will be forgiven
By the grace in the eyes of our guides
Liberated from our sufferin
Peace here and on the other side
We all will be forgiven
By the grace in the eyes of our guides
Liberated from our sufferin
Peace here and on the other side
On the other side!

People try to explain rainy days and pain
Dissonance and harmony
Listen to the music let your heart feel the beat
Of this bittersweet melody

Long to Be

Written By: Mark Ransom

Born the son of a Sultan
With wealth beyond my needs
Bored by my existence
I became a prince of thieves
Became a prince of thieves
I robbed the rich like Robin Hood
And passed it to the poor
Perished proud of my gifts
And was born again twice more
I was born again twice more

Like a scene in a dream
I can feel but not see
What I was, where I’m going
Why I am who I long to be
Who I long to be
Who I long to be

I walk along as a warrior
Across my native land
Battled my ancestors
And was shot by the gun of a white man
Shot by the gun of a white man
And as I lay there dying
Jesus I didn’t see
Allah wasn’t waiting
The wings of an eagle delivered me
The wings of an eagle delivered me

This time round is different
Light shines through the trees
Birds sing melodies
Through the air I breathe
Through the air I breathe
I listen with my heart
And try not to think
About the karmic art
Of what next time round might bring
What next time round might bring

Wyoming Song

Written By: Mark Ransom

I’m drivin through desolation
Western nation where the cowboys ride
Chameleon side
Droids hidin up on the hillside
Takin deep mechanical breaths
Like mosquitoes stuck to flesh
Suckin the sweet from underneath
So we can turn the lights on
Dim em way down low
Let the energy flow

If my conscience won’t tear me apart
I’m gonna try to open up my heart
And if my faith won’t leave me
I’m gonna say what I have to say
I’m gonna live to see a better day
I’m gonna pray for a better way to be

Fallin down on the ground
Above the gold we seek
Dilapidation, a domestic situation
Of human poverty
Reality in the night
Illuminated by my headlights
These folks wouldn’t be so poor
If they owned a little bit of the mineral rights
Give it back to the people in need
Please!

I pull over off the highway
To relieve my biological need
Fuel the ship, get some chips
And an energy drink
I’m pissin where I have to read
Four full walls of fearful graffiti
I hate what this means
And I don’t ever want to hate anything

Discography

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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
2012 The Mostest Zara Dreams

Set List

A typical set consists of between eight and fifteen songs and runs forty-five minutes to one hour and twenty minutes. Usually play two or three sets. Many shows are 95% original, some shows are up to 40% cover material.

Typical cover material includes songs by the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, the Band, the Grateful Dead, Little Feat, John Lennon, Paul Simon, Widespread Panic, the String Cheese Incident and Michael Franti to name a few.

Sample Set:

Champion
Great Big World
Don't Think Twice (Dylan)
Give Us Light
In The City
Kilealoha
First Impressions
Friday Harbor
I Know You Rider (Old Traditional)
All The Love It Brings
Little Oasis
Thinktank
Joni's Song
Ripple (Grateful Dead)