Mourning the loss of our beloved friend and supreme artist –
Thad Beckman died at home on Jan. 16, 2023 of natural causes related to chronic illness.
His long-time partner, Susan, and their little dog, Penelope, were with him at the time.
Critical Acclaim for Streets of Disaster
“Beckman has released a knockout of an album with lots of stylistic variety. This is powerful stuff, beautifully performed and exquisitely produced. Quite a find!” - Blair Jackson, Acoustic Guitar Magazine
"One of America's best guitar players and a damn good songwriter." - Tom Russell
"As good as the songs were on Me Talkin’ to Me, released in 2008, Streets of Disaster is a giant step forward. Seamlessly working in blues, country and contemporary folk styles, Thad’s songwriting – and his fine performances – now seems classic and timeless."
- veteran music journalist and broadcaster Mike Regenstreif
What others are saying about Thad Beckman
"Beckman plays an engaging blend of folk, singer-songwriter and blues music. Not everyone can pull off such a combination, but Beckman has chops, writing talent, a big personality and a bag full of true stories which all dovetail for a cool show.”
- Jim Beal, San Antonio Express-News
"With commanding yet understated vocals as strong as his finger-style and slide guitar playing, Beckman crafts a quietly compelling set."
- Tom Hyslop, Blues Review
“A splendid player and a more than able vocalist -doing some of the smartest finger-picking you could wish for.”
- Maurice Hope, The Northern Echo
“Thad Beckman, first class picker”
– British Country Music Web Site
“If you have never heard Mr. Beckman play, you have really been missing out. Anyone in the audience could instantly recognize Mr. Beckman as a master of his craft.”
- No Depression
“Thad Beckman goes a long way to assuage guitar thirst on the stunning “Guadalupe,” one of many that hold up with Russell’s best.”
- Celine Keating, Acoustic Guitar
“A finely-honed bluesy voice to go along with his finger picking talents.”
- Rod Williams – LMA Street Team Member
“With a voice that rasps like shoe leather on roadside gravel, and a finger-picked guitar on which notes fly by like railroad ties under a fast moving freight, not to mention a long history of vagabonding behind him, Thad Beckman seems ideally suited to the wandering troubadour's tradition.”
- John T. Davis - Austin-American Statesman