Musician and producer Charles Roscoe Beck was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, and currently resides in Austin, Texas.
Roscoe first sat in the producer's chair
in 1986 co-producing Jennifer Warnes' classic "Songs of Leonard
Cohen" disc Famous Blue Raincoat, and has since worked as bassist,
producer or co-producer with many other artists. He has contributed
to four releases by Texas guitar favorite Eric Johnson and is a
founding member of Robben Ford and the Blue Line, playing on and/or
co-producing their five discs to date. The latest release with
Robben Ford is Robben's debut recording for Concord Records, "Blue
Roscoe has made three instructional videos for REH/Warner Brothers Publications: Blues Foundations and Beginning Blues Bass, Volumes 1 & 2.
In 1997, Fender Musical Instruments released the Roscoe Beck Signature Five-String Bass, a popular addition to Fender's line of legendary instruments. A prototype of the long-awaited Roscoe Beck Signature Four-String model was introduced in July 2003 by Fender. Roscoe introduced his new signature bass to the masses at the NAMM show in January 2004 in Anaheim, California during his performances with Fender Clinician Greg Koch at the Fender booth. Roscoe is also a regular contributor to Bass Player magazine with his bi-monthly column, Mastering Five-String Bass.
In 2002, Roscoe was again in the producer's chair working on two projects: Texas Guitar Slingers, a compilation of several well-known Texas guitarists; and The Triphonics, an acoustic jazz trio recording. Slated for 2004: a co-production with guitarist David Grissom, yet untitled. The recording will also feature several guest artists, including blues legend James Cotton and Blue Line pals Robben Ford and Tom Brechtlein.
Roscoe spent 2003 touring with the Dixie Chicks on their Top of the World tour. If you missed him on tour, you can hear him with the Chicks on their newly released "Live" album, or see him on the companion DVD.
When not on the road, Roscoe appears most
Monday nights at the legendary blues nightclub, Antones, continuing
that club's blues tradition with the Antone's Blue Monday Band.