Dustin Ransom is an artist’s artist and a musician’s musician. Combining elements of classic r&b and funk, haunting atmospherics, timeless pop, rock, and folk sensibilities, a studied background in jazz & classical music, and a richly dynamic and soulful voice, Ransom creates music that is uniquely sophisticated yet highly accessible.  Blurring personal experiences of love, loss, fear, and hope with political and social commentary, Ransom’s songs often reveal their depth slowly yet powerfully with each repeated listen. Born and raised in southwestern Indiana, Ransom was an outlier in his community from a young age, a musical whiz kid situated in a predominantly rural, agricultural, small-town environment.  Classically trained on piano from age three to age eighteen by classical pianist and music educator Teresa Raymond, and trained on drums and mallet percussion for many years with Berklee alumnus Gregg Martin, Ransom immersed himself in every genre of music possible, relentlessly picking out every single part of a song he wanted to learn, transcribing it in musical notation, and learning how to play it on the instrument he happened to have in front of him, be it piano, drums, guitar, or bass (the latter two instruments he taught himself to play). In 2005, Ransom moved from Indiana to Nashville, Tennessee, attending Belmont University as a music major, studying drums and percussion with legendary drummers Chester Thompson (Phil Collins, Genesis, Frank Zappa) & Zoro (Lenny Kravitz, New Edition, Frankie Valli), as well as esteemed Belmont percussion faculty Todd London and Dr. Chris Norton.  Ransom also furthered his piano training at Belmont with virtuoso jazz pianists Bruce Dudley and Steve Willets. Upon his graduation from the Belmont program, Ransom soon became a first-call multi-instrumentalist musician both in the studio and on the road, as well as a first-call producer, engineer, mixer, songwriter, and arranger for artists including Oscar-winning, Grammy-winning, and Golden Globe-winning singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Dave Barnes, Matt Wertz, Ben Rector, Jon McLaughlin, Emily West, K.S. Rhoads, Shelly Fairchild, Erin McCarley, Butterfly Boucher, Andrew Belle, Andy Davis, Steve Moakler, and many more. Ransom continued to only become more formidable - now as an artist - with his debut EP Thread On Fire, released in the fall of 2015, which included the single “Dig”.  Produced & engineered by Ransom along with producer-engineer Adam Bokesch, Ransom wrote all five songs, played all instrumentation (minus horns on one song, for which he composed the arrangements), sang every vocal, and mixed every track on the EP himself.  Favoring talent over technology, Ransom used no vocal correction software on any of the songs found on Thread On Fire, a practice he still carries over into his latest recordings.   Thread On Fire received glowing reviews from numerous music journalists and critics. “With a virtuosic ability that is comfortable in many different shoes, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Dustin Ransom has laid down his own voice on Thread on Fire, a brand-new solo album,” wrote Jon Karr of New York Minute Magazine. “Unlike most debut efforts, Ransom’s project emerges with the unique perspective of a veteran. It comes from years of producing and performing with other artists, and combines those experiences into a work that is already planted on solid footing.  Thread on Fire is song-driven. From the gorgeously orchestrated “The Way We Say Goodbye”, to the funk-infused “Our American Way”, it demonstrates Ransom’s versatility and agility. Although the songs may differ in tone and style, they are unmistakably tied together by Ransom’s voice and soul. Thread on Fire celebrates the idea of good music beyond the constraints of a particular genre.”  Jen Starsinic of No Country For New Nashville wrote that “Ransom has made his name thus far as a session and touring multi-instrumentalist for artists such as Ben Rector, Jon McLaughlin and Andrew Belle. Now he’s standing on his own two feet and has released a debut EP, Thread On Fire... In typical crazy-talented-studio-musician fashion, Ransom played almost every part on the album in addition to taking on all of the mixing duties. The music is an impressive combination of funk grooves, pop sensibilities and Ransom’s soulful and skillful voice.” Matt Connor of Stereo Subversion was succinct in his praise of Thread On Fire by stating that “Ransom’s debut shows that he can go in just about any direction and succeed, armed with a greater repertoire than most artists he’s helped along the way.” In early 2016, Ransom created the ambitious JIGSAW project, an interactive musical experience where fans could submit certain musical parameters (time signature, key signature, tempo, and instrumentation) directly to Ransom in the form of “Jigsaws”.  Ransom would then choose one of these submissions at random and write a song based around the parameters chosen, “piecing together” the elements.  This resulted in some of Ransom’s most musically and lyrically challenging music yet, including the funk workout “Talk About You”, the autumnal and heartbreakingly beautiful “Black Letters (What You’ll Find)” and the completely improvised jazz-influenced psychedelia of “Liberation”. In late 2016, Ransom was handpicked by both Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Dave Barnes and Nashville soul staple and touring member of the Zac Brown Band, Jason Eskridge, to perform as opening act for each artist’s respective performances in Chicago and Nashville.  Meanwhile, Ransom was hard at work in the studio, writing, composing, recording, producing, engineering, and mixing for Nashville indie-pop darlings Lister Brothers and soul-country powerhouse Shelly Fairchild, as well as recording multiple projects with mentor and Grammy-winning producer Mitch Dane (Jars Of Clay, Bebo Norman), whom Ransom has worked with closely since 2012 as a session musician.  2016 also saw Ransom heavily involved in the creation of a custom library of cinematic instrumental music with his side project, Triads, a collaborative venture with other producer-musicians started in 2009 specializing in music for visual media.  Ransom’s work under the Triads umbrella, as well as music under his own name, has landed him national and international television placements including licenses for A&E, Firestone, Tempur-Pedic, SXSW, UCLA, Michelin, and many more. In 2017, Dustin released  his first full-length album Phases, a masterful showcase of everything that constitutes his musical DNA – a foundation of deep groove, impeccable musicianship (as per usual, Ransom played all instrumentation on 99% of the album), a seamless blending of multiple genres; soulful, soaring vocals; and honest, thought-provoking lyrics. Dustin Ransom has proven himself time and time again to be a musical force to be reckoned with.  His passion for connection, truth, beauty, and above all, love, is the driving force behind all of his musical endeavors and his life as a whole.

Dustin Ransom is an artist’s artist and a musician’s musician. Combining elements of classic r&b and funk, haunting atmospherics, timeless pop, rock, and folk sensibilities, a studied background in jazz & classical music, and a richly dynamic and soulful voice, Ransom creates music that is uniquely sophisticated yet highly accessible.  Blurring personal experiences of love, loss, fear, and hope with political and social commentary, Ransom’s songs often reveal their depth slowly yet powerfully with each repeated listen.

Born and raised in southwestern Indiana, Ransom was an outlier in his community from a young age, a musical whiz kid situated in a predominantly rural, agricultural, small-town environment.  Classically trained on piano from age three to age eighteen by classical pianist and music educator Teresa Raymond, and trained on drums and mallet percussion for many years with Berklee alumnus Gregg Martin, Ransom immersed himself in every genre of music possible, relentlessly picking out every single part of a song he wanted to learn, transcribing it in musical notation, and learning how to play it on the instrument he happened to have in front of him, be it piano, drums, guitar, or bass (the latter two instruments he taught himself to play).

In 2005, Ransom moved from Indiana to Nashville, Tennessee, attending Belmont University as a music major, studying drums and percussion with legendary drummers Chester Thompson (Phil Collins, Genesis, Frank Zappa) & Zoro (Lenny Kravitz, New Edition, Frankie Valli), as well as esteemed Belmont percussion faculty Todd London and Dr. Chris Norton.  Ransom also furthered his piano training at Belmont with virtuoso jazz pianists Bruce Dudley and Steve Willets.

Upon his graduation from the Belmont program, Ransom soon became a first-call multi-instrumentalist musician both in the studio and on the road, as well as a first-call producer, engineer, mixer, songwriter, and arranger for artists including Oscar-winning, Grammy-winning, and Golden Globe-winning singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Dave Barnes, Matt Wertz, Ben Rector, Jon McLaughlin, Emily West, K.S. Rhoads, Shelly Fairchild, Erin McCarley, Butterfly Boucher, Andrew Belle, Andy Davis, Steve Moakler, and many more.

Ransom continued to only become more formidable - now as an artist - with his debut EP Thread On Fire, released in the fall of 2015, which included the single “Dig”.  Produced & engineered by Ransom along with producer-engineer Adam Bokesch, Ransom wrote all five songs, played all instrumentation (minus horns on one song, for which he composed the arrangements), sang every vocal, and mixed every track on the EP himself.  Favoring talent over technology, Ransom used no vocal correction software on any of the songs found on Thread On Fire, a practice he still carries over into his latest recordings.  

Thread On Fire received glowing reviews from numerous music journalists and critics. With a virtuosic ability that is comfortable in many different shoes, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Dustin Ransom has laid down his own voice on Thread on Fire, a brand-new solo album,” wrote Jon Karr of New York Minute Magazine. “Unlike most debut efforts, Ransom’s project emerges with the unique perspective of a veteran. It comes from years of producing and performing with other artists, and combines those experiences into a work that is already planted on solid footing.  Thread on Fire is song-driven. From the gorgeously orchestrated “The Way We Say Goodbye”, to the funk-infused “Our American Way”, it demonstrates Ransom’s versatility and agility. Although the songs may differ in tone and style, they are unmistakably tied together by Ransom’s voice and soul. Thread on Fire celebrates the idea of good music beyond the constraints of a particular genre.” 

Jen Starsinic of No Country For New Nashville wrote that “Ransom has made his name thus far as a session and touring multi-instrumentalist for artists such as Ben Rector, Jon McLaughlin and Andrew Belle. Now he’s standing on his own two feet and has released a debut EP, Thread On Fire... In typical crazy-talented-studio-musician fashion, Ransom played almost every part on the album in addition to taking on all of the mixing duties. The music is an impressive combination of funk grooves, pop sensibilities and Ransom’s soulful and skillful voice.”

Matt Connor of Stereo Subversion was succinct in his praise of Thread On Fire by stating that “Ransom’s debut shows that he can go in just about any direction and succeed, armed with a greater repertoire than most artists he’s helped along the way.”

In early 2016, Ransom created the ambitious JIGSAW project, an interactive musical experience where fans could submit certain musical parameters (time signature, key signature, tempo, and instrumentation) directly to Ransom in the form of “Jigsaws”.  Ransom would then choose one of these submissions at random and write a song based around the parameters chosen, “piecing together” the elements.  This resulted in some of Ransom’s most musically and lyrically challenging music yet, including the funk workout “Talk About You”, the autumnal and heartbreakingly beautiful “Black Letters (What You’ll Find)” and the completely improvised jazz-influenced psychedelia of “Liberation”.

In late 2016, Ransom was handpicked by both Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Dave Barnes and Nashville soul staple and touring member of the Zac Brown Band, Jason Eskridge, to perform as opening act for each artist’s respective performances in Chicago and Nashville.  Meanwhile, Ransom was hard at work in the studio, writing, composing, recording, producing, engineering, and mixing for Nashville indie-pop darlings Lister Brothers and soul-country powerhouse Shelly Fairchild, as well as recording multiple projects with mentor and Grammy-winning producer Mitch Dane (Jars Of Clay, Bebo Norman), whom Ransom has worked with closely since 2012 as a session musician. 

2016 also saw Ransom heavily involved in the creation of a custom library of cinematic instrumental music with his side project, Triads, a collaborative venture with other producer-musicians started in 2009 specializing in music for visual media.  Ransom’s work under the Triads umbrella, as well as music under his own name, has landed him national and international television placements including licenses for A&E, Firestone, Tempur-Pedic, SXSW, UCLA, Michelin, and many more.

In 2017, Dustin released  his first full-length album Phases, a masterful showcase of everything that constitutes his musical DNA – a foundation of deep groove, impeccable musicianship (as per usual, Ransom played all instrumentation on 99% of the album), a seamless blending of multiple genres; soulful, soaring vocals; and honest, thought-provoking lyrics.

Dustin Ransom has proven himself time and time again to be a musical force to be reckoned with.  His passion for connection, truth, beauty, and above all, love, is the driving force behind all of his musical endeavors and his life as a whole.

ALBUMS/EPS

STUDIO DISCOGRAPHY

2017

Trisha Adams - TBA
Dave Barnes - TBA
Gabe Dixon - TBA
Mike Gallagher - TBA
James Goll - TBA
Jimmytrick Sweetwood - Foster Creighton, Part II
Charlotte Leigh - TBA
Lister Brothers - Helium Ocean
Regan Lorraine - TBA
Carey Ott - Show Me What You're Made Of
Reese - TBA
Gretchen Sandahl - Forget Me Nots
Holly Spears - Farm Girl
A Stranger And A Friend - TBA
Triads - Descent/Ascent
Triads - Heartland
Triads - Love Over Fear
Triads - Midnight
Triads - Portugal
Triads - Two
Sarah Vienna - TBA

2016

Reuben Bidez - Turning To Wine
Treva Blomquist - The Risk And The Gift
Matthew Clark - Beautiful Secret Life
Nate Currin - The Madman And The Poet
Elizabeth Eckert - Trophy
Shelly Fairchild - Buffalo
Elise Hayes - Back To The Middle
Justin Klump - Justin Klump
The Lockwoods - Hope
Natalie Lurie - No Mercy In The Night
Meghan Saletta - Dreaming
The Slang - Night And Day
Langhorne Slim & Jill Andrews - Sea Of Love
The Trigger Code - Fathers And Sons
Victor And Penny - Electricity
Mark Wagner - Love And Be Loved
Emily West & K.S. Rhoads - Date With Santa
Xenia - Artemisa
Young Life Africa - Bambalela

2015

Afterlife Parade - Awe
Jill Andrews - The War Inside
Giles Blankenship - Home
Kate Barnette - It Was Love
Bryan Hayes - Farther Down The Line
Kris Hitchcock - Bright Lights And Dark Ages
Vanita Joines - No Bad Blood
Mary Mac- Mary Mac
Mr. And Mrs. Something - Setting Sail
Woody Pines - Woody Pines
Ryan Scott Travis - The Guadalupe Breakdown
Derek Webb - Mockingbird Live: The 10th Anniversary Concert
Jonah Werner - Run
Emily West - All For You

2014

Afterlife Parade - A Million Miles Away
August York - Swimming Upstream
Debra Black - God In Every Season
Butterfly Boucher - Happy Birthday Flutterby
Caswell - The Prologue
Matthew Clark - Come Tell Your Story
Andy Davis - To Be Cruel
Dear Saint Isaac - Dear Saint Isaac
Tom Edwards Band - Through The Shadows
Quinn Erwin - This Could Be Love
Joshua Lee Hilliker - Shadows Or Sunlight
Ryan Horne - Vanilla Lightning
Joey Hyde - Get It On
Little Chief - Lion's Den
Kyle Matthews - Be Here Now
Jon McLaughlin - The Christmas EP
Aaron Peace - The Next Step
Andrew Ripp - Simple
So Long Solo - So Long Solo
Trannie Stevens - Twice
Trannie Stevens - Tell Me
Mare Wakefield & Nomad - Poet On The Moon
Bradley Warren Jr. - Bradley Warren Jr.
Emily West feat. Ron Sexsmith - Two Sleepy People
Emily West - Santa Baby

2013

Seth Abram - Hold On
Elizabeth Busch - Redemption's Mystery
Dustin Ah Kuoi - Dustin Ah Kuoi
Cody Belew - Say Love
Cody Belew - What You're Looking For
The City Harmonic - Heart
Matthew Clark - Bright Came The Word From His Mouth
Christie Cook - Every Good Thing
Full Armor Band - None The Same
Dave Gerhartz - Leaving The Familiar Behind
Maddison Grigsby - Joie De Vivre
Kris Hitchcock & Small Town Son - American Fire
Trisha Ivy - Cotton Country
Jeffrey James - Hard Day's Work
Kelsey Lewis - Beautiful View
Ty Mayfield - Ty Mayfield
Hannah Miller - Let It Go
Kathryn Ostenberg - You Are
Seth Philpott - Bad Hearts
The Snowglobes - To All Living Things
Holly Spears - Country Roads
Anna Joy Tucker - Riches And Beauty
Nate White - He Has Made Us One
YouPlusMe - Little Beginnings

2012

Andrew Belle - The Daylight
Rachel Belman - The Call
Brian Fraaza - The Shadows And The Light
Stephen Fryrear - At The Cross
Stephen Fryrear - Because Of Bethlehem
Sean Forrest - Live Love Lead
Dean Guevara - Songs Of Hope And Devotion
Ryan Horne - Silent Night (A Christmas EP)
Jeffrey James - Make Your Way To The Flashing Lights
The Kicks - Tonight Changes Everything
One Sonic Society - Live At The Tracking Room
Erin Rae & The Meanwhiles - Crazy Talk
Bradley Warren Jr. - In New York City

2010-2011

Andrew Belle - The Ladder
Andrew Combs - Tennessee Time
He Is We - Skip To The Good Part
Nashville Film Composers - Nashville Film Composers
Shootin' Blanks - Find Me

 

LIVE

Ryan Bingham - Jars Of Clay - Ben Rector - Dave Barnes - Matt Wertz - Jon McLaughlin - Emily West - Andy Davis - K.S. Rhoads - Butterfly Boucher - Erin McCarley - Andrew Belle - Steve Moakler - Andrew Ripp - Lister Brothers - Carrie Manolakos - Paul McDonald - Brooke Waggoner - Jill Andrews - Matt Maher - Laura Story - Brandon Heath - Cody Belew - Kopecky - Clemency - Neal Carpenter - Andrew Osenga - Andrew Combs - Reuben Bidez - Jeffrey James - Sarah Darling - Erin Rae - Mike Hicks - Ryan Horne - Seth Philpott - One Sonic Society - Michael Boggs - The Trigger Code - Eric Peters - Seth Abram - Lenachka - David Condos - Andy Cherry - Matt Brown - Reed Pittman - Justin Rivers - Phoebe Elliot - Elizabeth Eckert - Nick Flora - Madeleine Slate - The Stateside Menace - Bradley Warren Jr. - Adam Agin - Dillon Hodges - Chad Jarnagin - Colleen Nixon - Grant Terry - Justin Halpin - Lisa-Marie Fischer