Taj Mahal, Elvin Bishop, Kenny Neal, Billy Branch, Roy Gaines, Jimmy Burns, Mitch Woods, Deanna Bogart, Leon Blue, Barrelhouse Chuck, Eden Brent, Sax Gordon, Lloyd Jones, Tony Coleman (B.B. King, Albert Collins), Kathi McDonald (Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, Leon Russel), Joe Johansen (George Harrison, Delaney and Bonnie), Eric “Two Scoops” Moore (Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson), and Mark DuFresne (Roomful of Blues), to name a few.
With a devoted fan base, Bruce uses his substantial mailing list to promote all of his musical events. He is available to work with anything from duos to big bands for live performances or recording sessions. Bruce is available for national and international touring, having traveled worldwide and performed in Chicago, St. Louis, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Prague, & Barcelona.
Blues, R&B, Funk Guitar
Imprinting on the fertile New Orleans music scene and his years of playing with Big Time Blues Man Isaac Scott, Bruce Ransom’s blues, R&B and funk guitar style exhibits striking melodies and syncopated rhythms. While living in New Orleans, Bruce got his first guitar at age 14. Two years later he moved to Seattle, and after playing in several rock bands was tapped at age 19 for the R&B band of Ron Holden, with the multi-million selling single Love You So. By the time he was 21 Bruce had played prominent clubs and festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest. He subsequently joined the Mud Bay Blues Band for four years, two of which included the extraordinary trumpet player and saxophonist Jay Thomas.
Turning down an offer to join Jay Thomas’ new band, Bruce entered a 15 year hiatus from professional music, during which time he attended the University of Washington School of Music. Bruce played in the orchestra for the 1970’s Seattle production of the Anthony Newly musical The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd. Returning to the blues and R&B music scene in the early 1990s, he served as guitarist and musical director for R&B diva Mauva Belle, recording two CD’s with her.
After meeting Isaac Scott, Bruce played and recorded with him for several years and was in Isaac’s band until his untimely death in 2001. During their years together, Isaac patiently taught Bruce his unique gospel-tinged, driving blues guitar style. Bruce then handled guitar duties for Hurricane Andrew Larsen’s Girl Trouble Blues. Recording two CD’s and tearing up clubs and festivals throughout the Puget Sound area, Girl Trouble Blues was awarded the Washington Blues Society’s 2002 Best of the Blues Award for the Best New/Reformed Band. Other prominent musicians Bruce has shared the stage with include
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