Streets of Disaster

Thad Beckman

After listening to this new CD Tom Russell said: "One of America's best guitar players and a damn good songwriter."

Great Songs, great players, what's not to like.

"One of American's best guitar players and a damn good songwriter." Tom Russell

"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

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Beckman: Under the Influence the early years 1988-1990

Thad Beckman

The first recordings of great original electric and acoustic blues from a master - with a little country thrown in for good measure.

15 songs taken from the first two albums (Let Me Down Easy and These Boots) recorded by guitarist/singer/songwriter Thad Beckman. There's plenty of funky grooves, slow blues, ballads and even a few country songs from this noted artist's early years.

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Me Talking To Me

Thad Beckman

American music at it's best - A little bit of Country, a little bit of Blues, a little bit of R&B and a little bit of Rock featuring evocative lyrics, stellar guitar and sung with a whole lot of soul.

Me Talking To Me is a great CD!!! The songwriting is excellent. The musicianship stellar. The singing soulful.

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Blues Gone By

Thad Beckman

solo acoustic blues, Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, excellent fingerpicking, slide and vocals

The dust-filled wind sweeps steadily down and across the flat, arid plains of Woody Guthrie's America. Beginning many hundreds of miles from Portland, Oregon it carries with it the hopes and dreams of those who have gone before…the dreamers and seekers. It whispers a birthright to the singular voice of a modern compatriot-in-arms…singer/songwriter Thad Beckman. A professional musician for more than 25 years, Thad Beckman has paid his dues on these same dusty roads which run from California to New Jersey and points in between. His finely-crafted original songs are the story of life, the voice of modern America...from the growling delta blues of the Deep South to evocative contemporary folk...bound by the common thread of experience gleaned from the road . You can hear it in his voice....he's been there. Moving from Portland to northern California in the late 1980's, Thad was quickly recognized by music promoters as an exceptional talent. As a guitarist, Thad Beckman has been hired by Bo Diddley, The Shirelles and Earl Thomas. As a bandleader he soon found himself sharing the stage with such renowned artists as B.B. King, Albert Collins, James Cotton, The Band, Emmylou Harris, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. Realizing his natural talents lay in painting tapestries of lyrical narrative, Thad moved to Austin, Texas in 1993. Quickly rising to the top of the burgeoning local acoustic live music scene, Thad began performing with Dave Heath, (Robert Earl Keen) and Merel Bregante, (Loggins and Messina) and recording his fine all-original CD, “Carry Me Back” (1998) with Dave and Merel acting as co-producers. His writing blurs the lines in “...dusty increments between Steve Earle and John Hiatt” (John T. Davis, Austin-American Statesman) and he has received critical local acclaim as a songwriter in a songwriter's town. The real thing is hard to find, but as Jim Beal Jr.of the San Antonio Express-News says, when it comes to Beckman, “...Woody Guthrie would be proud”. Now living back in the Northwest Thad splits his time touring in Europe, Oregon, Washington, California and Texas. In 2002 he released a collection of songs simply called “Beckman.” As Paul Jonker of ROOTSTOWN Ezine says: “Thad belongs to the unique species of guitarists that can sing. He is a passionate performer who combines his tremendous guitar technique with very soulful singing; “

Just recently Thad released a beautiful solo album of old blues and folk songs called “Blues Gone By.” Penning only two of the songs himself the cd is a tribute to the men and women who's music profoundly influenced his life and art.

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Beckman

Thad Beckman

"Between John Hiatt and Steve Earle," "Woody Guthrie would be proud," Great Americana Roots music.

Biography

The dust-filled wind sweeps steadily down and across the flat, arid plains of Woody Guthrie's America. Beginning many hundreds of miles from Portland, Oregon it carries with it the hopes and dreams of those who have gone before...the dreamers and seekers. It whispers a birthright to the singular voice of a modern compatriot-in-arms...singer/songwriter Thad Beckman. A professional musician for more than 20 years, Thad Beckman has paid his dues on these same dusty roads which run from California to New Jersey and points in between. His finely-crafted original songs are the story of life, the voice of modern America...from the growling delta blues of the Deep South to evocative contemporary folk...bound by the common thread of experience gleaned from the road . You can hear it in his voice....he's been there.

From an admittedly non-musical family, Thad started out as a teenager playing in Portland, Oregon high school bands, joined the Air Force during Vietnam and ended up studying classical guitar in Florida. One day the blues got a hold of him and have yet to let go. Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, Gatemouth Brown, Buddy Guy, T - Bone Walker, Freddie King and Albert King have all left their mark on Thad's early development as a guitarist. You can feel it in his playing. His soulful "...guitar is exquisite, which should come as no surprise to anyone who's seen him perform" (Joel Davis, Times-Standard).

Moving from Portland to northern California in the late 1980's, Thad was quickly recognized by music promoters as an exceptional talent. As a guitarist, Thad Beckman has been hired by Bo Diddley, The Shirelles and Earl Thomas. As a bandleader he soon found himself sharing the stage with such renowned artists as B.B. King, Albert Collins, James Cotton, The Band, Emmylou Harris, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. During this time, Thad also recorded three self-produced album projects, all of which received outstanding local press.

Realizing his natural talents lay in painting tapestries of lyrical narrative, Thad moved to Austin, Texas in 1993. Quickly rising to the top of the burgeoning local acoustic live music scene, Thad began performing with Dave Heath, (Robert Earl Keen) and Merel Bregante, (Loggins and Messina) and recording his finest all-original CD to date, "Carry Me Back" (1998) with Dave and Merel acting as co-producers as well as his live band. His writing blurs the lines in "...dusty increments between Steve Earle and John Hiatt" (John T. Davis, Austin-American Statesman) and he has received critical local acclaim as a songwriter in a songwriter's town. The real thing is hard to find, but as Jim Beal Jr.of the San Antonio Express-News says, when it comes to Beckman, "...Woody Guthrie would be proud".

Thad is now living in Jefferson, Oregon where he has written and produced a fine collection of songs in the Great Americana Roots tradition. Beckman's latest effort is simply called "Beckman." Splitting his time between Europe, Texas, California and Oregon Thad is now on tour promoting his new album.

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Carry Me Back

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."

Biography

The dust-filled wind sweeps steadily down and across the flat, arid plains of Woody Guthrie's America. Beginning many hundreds of miles from Portland, Oregon it carries with it the hopes and dreams of those who have gone before...the dreamers and seekers. It whispers a birthright to the singular voice of a modern compatriot-in-arms...singer/songwriter Thad Beckman. A professional musician for more than 20 years, Thad Beckman has paid his dues on these same dusty roads which run from California to New Jersey and points in between. His finely-crafted original songs are the story of life, the voice of modern America...from the growling delta blues of the Deep South to evocative contemporary folk...bound by the common thread of experience gleaned from the road . You can hear it in his voice....he's been there. Moving from Portland to northern California in the late 1980's, Thad was quickly recognized by music promoters as an exceptional talent. As a guitarist, Thad Beckman has been hired by Bo Diddley, The Shirelles and Earl Thomas. As a bandleader he soon found himself sharing the stage with such renowned artists as B.B. King, Albert Collins, James Cotton, The Band, Emmylou Harris, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. During this time, Thad also recorded three self-produced album projects, all of which received outstanding local press. Realizing his natural talents lay in painting tapestries of lyrical narrative, Thad moved to Austin, Texas in 1993. Quickly rising to the top of the burgeoning local acoustic live music scene, Thad began performing with Dave Heath, (Robert Earl Keen) and Merel Bregante, (Loggins and Messina) and recording his finest all-original CD to date, "Carry Me Back" (1998) with Dave and Merel acting as co-producers as well as his live band. His writing blurs the lines in "...dusty increments between Steve Earle and John Hiatt" (John T. Davis, Austin-American Statesman) and he has received critical local acclaim as a songwriter in a songwriter's town. The real thing is hard to find, but as Jim Beal Jr.of the San Antonio Express-News says, when it comes to Beckman, "...Woody Guthrie would be proud".
Now living back in the Northwest Thad splits his time touring in Europe, Oregon, Washington, California and Texas. He has just recently released a new collection of songs simply called "Beckman." As Paul Jonker of ROOTSTOWN Ezine says: "Thad belongs to the unique species of guitarists that can sing. He is a passionate performer who combines his tremendous guitar technique with very soulful singing; "

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