Roscoe Beck

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Roscoe Beck
Roscoe Beck 2012
Roscoe Beck 2012
Background information
Birth nameCharles Roscoe Beck
Born (1954-04-06) 6 April 1954 (age 68)
New York, United States
  • Musician
  • bassist
Years active1971–present

Charles Roscoe Beck is an American bassist with a reputation as "a solid bottom-liner".[1] Beck has played with artists like Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, Leonard Cohen, and The Dixie Chicks. He is also a successful record producer with two Grammy Award nominations.[1]


Roscoe Beck is from Poughkeepsie, NY, and he moved in 1971 to Austin, where he met and played with Eric Johnson and brothers Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Vaughan.[2] Later in the 1970s he formed an R&B-fusion band called "Passenger" which in 1979 played a gig in Los Angeles where Robben Ford was present and asked them to be the opening act on his tour. After having shuffled between Austin and Los Angeles for a year, Beck was asked to play on Leonard Cohen's album Recent Songs. The experience led him to start working as a record producer, and in 1986 he produced Jennifer Warnes' Grammy-nominated album Famous Blue Raincoat.[1] He also played bass and served as musical director for Leonard Cohen's 2008–2010 and 2012–2013 world tours.

Beck played with Robben Ford through the 1980s, which in 1992 resulted in the release of the debut album of Robben Ford & The Blue Line, with Tom Brechtlein on drums. The band received a Grammy nomination for their 1993 album Mystic Mile.[1]

Signature bass[edit]

The Fender Guitar company produced two different signature bass guitars that carried the Roscoe Beck name, available in 4 and 5-string versions. Both were based on the Fender Jazz Bass. The 5-string version was introduced in 1995, followed by a 4-string version in 2004. Discontinued in 2009.[3]


  • Walk On (2005)


As a producer[edit]

External links[edit]

Roscoe Beck playing the National Anthem on Bass (Globe Life Park (Texas Rangers ballpark) Arlington Texas.


  1. ^ a b c d Jisi, Chris (April 1994). "Tapping into The Blues". Bass Player. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  2. ^ Keddie, Gibson (February 1996). "Beck and Blue". Bassist. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Bass Guitar Service Diagrams". Fender. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Retrieved 10 April 2019.