Interview with Jai Ram Ransom


Jai Ram Ransom or Jim Ransom as he was known back in the ‘60s and ‘70s started his musical career at the Gaslight Café in Greenwich Village, playing alongside artists like Tom Paxton and Phil Ochs. However, in the early ‘70s Jai Ram decided that he had have enough of the east coast scene, took his guitar in hand and headed for Denver, Colorado. Once at place with the local folk scene he and a fellow New Yorker Laura Benson started the folk and bluegrass label Biscuit City, which over the coming six years recorded over twenty records worth of folk, singer-songwriter, bluegrass and dulcimer music. In 1979 Jai Ram sold the label and continued on his own. Soon after he moved to the Neem Karoli Baba Ashram in Taos, New Mexico, to continue on the spiritual path he started already back in the ‘60s. It was from there on he dedicated to devote the rest of his life to the guru Neem Karoli Baba. Nowadays he lives in India for most of the time and he has just published a book about the maharajji.

In the interview we don't only discuss his musical career but also other topics, such as spiritual awakening, psychedelics, consciousness, transmigration of souls, Ram Dass, Bhagavan Das, and much more.