Ross Durand grew up a classically trained musician in Southern California. When he was 16 he started playing guitar so that he and his buddy could start a band. In 1986, at the age of 19, his life changed when he heard Bob Dylan playing "A Hard Rain's a Gonna Fall" before 20,000 hushed fans in Costa Mesa. Seeing the raw power of song, even in the absence of volume and groove, inspired him to pursue the power of song, especially in a stripped-down acoustic format, as a form ever since. He has played regularly in coffee houses in Orange County, California and continues to try to inspire joy, thought, action, and even laughter through his songwriting.
Ross self-released his first collection of original songs on the album RD - Solo Acoustic in 1996. He has since released four more albums, including a live album recorded at The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, in 2000. In addition to his "official" releases Ross has also put out music informally through lesser known web-based songwriting contests and challenges such as Songfight!, and February Album Writing Month. You can hear his music though various online outlets by following the links on other portions of this page.