Cool Stuff I've Done - May 25, 2015
2009 - Present – Guitarist for Tom Russell
- including performances on The Late, Late Show with David Letterman, Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble and theaters, clubs, radio, television and festivals throughout the USA, Canada and Europe.
1980 - Present – Solo acoustic artist
- performing in clubs, theaters, radio and television in The USA, Canada and Europe including several performances at many festivals, most notably The Kerrville Folk Festival (main stage) and The Portland Waterfront Blues Festival.
1982 - 2004 – Various “Blues” and “Rhythm and Blues” bands including Bo Diddley and Earl Thomas. Opened for B.B. King, Albert Collins, The Band, Emmy Lou Harris, Dan Hicks, James Cotton and many other performing artists.
1988 – 2009 - Seven albums of original material: Streets of Disaster (2015), Me Talking to Me (2009), Beckman (2002), Carry Me Back (1998), Ambushed (1992), These Boots (1990), and Let Me Down Easy (1988),
2006 and 2013 - Two albums of original material and blues standards. When The Sun Goes Down (2013) and Blues Gone By (2006).
Guitar tracks on Tom Russell’s albums, The Rose of Roscrae (2015), Mesabi(2012) and Blood and Candlesmoke (2009), .
Guitar tracks on numerous projects including the award-winning documentary Eloquent Nude, The Love and Legacy of Edward Weston and Charis Wilson. Ian McCluskey, Director. (2004)
1976 to present.
2006 - Wrote and published an instructional manual w/CD - The Beckman Method: Ten 12 bar exercises in the key of “E” giving students a vocabulary of blues phrases and demonstrating how to use these phrases while soloing over a droning bass line.