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posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 in NEW MUSIC

One of the things that the Texas Red Dirt Roads is all about is giving up-and-coming artists a chance to get their name out to the fans and give them an opportunity to succeed doing what they love…making music. I am happy today to try my best to do that for an up and coming guy who I’ve actually known for some time now…Ransom Rhodes.

Ransom and I went to high school together in Godley, Texas. He played in a band that won several FFA competitions. I always knew Ransom was talented, but back then I had no idea that he would continue with his music. Not too long ago, I got re-connected with Ransom and was completely surprised and blown away at just how good he has gotten as a musician, artist, and song writer. Ransom won a competition that The Sound of Texas 95.9 The Ranch in Ft.Worth, Texas puts on every year. It’s for singers and songwriters to compete in with the winner getting a chance to open for a big act at the station’s summer concert series at the 8.0 Bar in Sundance Square in downtown Ft. Worth. Ransom got the opportunity to open for Charlie Robison and that’s where I got to hear how much he has grown as an artist. I sat down recently with Ransom and did a little Q&A so that the TXRDR fans can get to know this up and coming artist. I highly recommend you go and see him whenever you get a chance. And I’m not just saying that because he is my friend…I’m saying that because I believe you will really, really like the sound that comes from Ransom Rhodes.

TXRDR: When were you first introduced to music?  

Ransom Rhodes: My Mom is a great singer so I’ve learned a lot from her growing up and my dad taught me my 1st three chords D C and G when I was 12 years of age. With those three chords you can play a ton of songs until you figure out what works for you. Growing up in the 80s I had lots of great country artists and some of the best in my opinion to learn from.

TXRDR: Who are your biggest musical influences? 

Ransom Rhodes: Steve Warner, Keith Whitley, and Restless Heart


TXRDR: When people come see you in concert, what do you want them to be saying when they leave?

Ransom Rhodes: When does he play next?


TXRDR: How long have you been playing music and how did you get started? 

Ransom Rhodes: I’ve been playing for 15 years and I started out dressing up in my dads boots and jeans when I was about five, singing to George Straight while the guitar came years later.


TXRDR: Talk about the band you had in high school and how that helped or hindered your style of music that you play today. 

Ransom Rhodes: When I was a sophomore in high school, three friends and me put a country cover band together and ended up winning lots of competitions…the end result was us opening for Pat Green inHouston in front of 12,000 people. It was the 1st time I got to experience a crowd of that magitude. Just the sound of their screams made me want to get to that point where all those people would show up to see me perform someday.


TXRDR: If there was one venue and one artist you could open up for, who and where would it be and why? 

Ransom Rhodes: I would love to play Billy Bobs with Clay Walker. That guy has had some great accomplishments and overall just pure country. I love it.


TXRDR: Where do you see yourself and your band in 5 years?

Ransom Rhodes: Hopefully I would like to be playing music 4 or 5 nights a week and be able to take care of my family with what I love doing…playing music with great friends.


Like I said, I’ve known Ransom Rhodes since high school. This guy is one of the most talented guys I’ve ever met…and if you’ve seen some of my articles you know I’ve met some really cool and talented people. Click here to find out more about Ransom Rhodes and his music. You won’t be disappointed.