Asheville  NC



Tim Rhodes – Keyboard and Vocals. Tim’s musical path began at the age of 10 with piano lessons, encouraged by his mother, Roberta, who is an accomplished pianist. Before this he remembers many nights listening to his grandfather play traditional mountain music, bluegrass, country and swing.  After graduating from college with a degree in music voice, he and his brother Chris formed The Rhodes Brothers Band. Their band lasted for about 10 years and featured classic Southern rock. After moving back to Asheville, he and his brother Chris joined Steve and William as the Ransom Band. Tim is continuously grateful for the ties that bind his musical family. His sons Tyler and Michael are continuing the tradition as musicians. 

Dennis Murphy - Saxaphone, Percussion, and Vocals - Dennis has performed with many musical ensembles over the years in genres ranging from folk, R & B, and blues, to rock and light jazz. In addition to vocals he plays tenor, alto, and soprano saxes as well as the guitar. He is seen regularly in the North Carolina High Country playing with homegrown musicians such as the Whip Daddys, The King Bees, Murphy and Main, and Melissa Reaves. One of the largest groups he's been a part of was The Golden Sounds of Motortown, a Motown musical revue that made quite a splash in the mid 1980's, featuring some 22 vocalists and instrumentalists performing the ever popular songs of Motown Records recording artists from The Four Tops and The Temptations to Marvin Gaye and The Supremes. His CD "Possibilities" featuring mostly original songs has been very well received.

Chris Rhodes – Guitar and Vocals. Chris’s musical experience began in the mid seventies at the age of 13 when he heard his older brother's band playing Jumping Jack Flash and Mississippi Queen in the garage, and thought maybe he should give this a try. His parents got him his first guitar and he took 2 lessons from a friend of the family, Ed Gash. His grandfather gave him a lot of encouragement early on and has fond memories of him playing some Hank Williams favorites while throwing in a few Chet Atkins maneuvers on his Gibson ES335. Chris and his brother had a band in the early 80's while at Appalachian State University, and in 1997 joined Ransom.

Dave Calvert - Bass and Vocals. Dave has been playing dinner/dance music for over thirty years. A multi talented musician Dave played drums with the Rhodes Brothers in the early 80's while at ASU (go Mountaineers) and for the past 14 years has played keys and guitar with the Whip Daddys. During his music career Dave has played at various movie sets for Tyne Daly and James Garner. He fondly remembers opening up for Ricky Scaggs as well as jammin' with The Silver Bullet Band and En Vogue.

William Jones – Drums and Vocals. William began playing drums at the age of 14, accompanied by a Wurlitzer jukebox in his father’s restaurant. In a short period of time he began playing in bands in Columbia, SC. William moved to Asheville in 1971 to join The Vince Carman Band, which played at a local landmark, The Sky Club. In 1975, he joined The Alex Harvey Band, writer of ‘Delta Dawn’. From then, William hit the road for many years before settling down in Asheville and began playing in local house bands.

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