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Mark Beckett

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About

Mark was born just a stones throw away from R&B mecca Muscle Shoals. Being the son of legendary keyboardist and producer, Barry Beckett, music was always being heard in the house. At the age of 14, Mark decided to pick up some drum sticks after hearing the great Eddie Bayers on a recording. From the moment he graduated high school he did everything possible to be a recording musician. While skipping school Mark would watch and learn from his father and Eddie almost on a daily basis by visiting sessions and being a fly on the wall. When he wasn’t at the studio, he was playing to the cassettes his dad would bring home from the days work.

One and half years after his first snare drum hit, Mark did his first recording session and the rest is history. He has never wanting to do anything else but be a session drummer and he has done just that. Having a 19 year career in the music business, Mark has played with a who’s who of talent and has become one of the more “in-demand” drummers in Nashville. Here is a short list of artist that Mark has recorded for and/or played live with:

• ARTIST: Vince Gill, Kenny Chesney, Merle Haggard, TOTO, Aaron Neville, Earl Scruggs, James Burton, Charlie Daniels Band, Robben Ford, Michael McDonald, Billy Bob Thornton, Rodney Crowell, Dolly Parton, Little Jimmy Dickens, Steve Cropper, Brad Paisley, Emily West, Daryle Singletary, John Kay(Steppenwolf), Peter Frampton, Steve Warnier, Luke Bryan, T.G. Shepard, Ray Benson, Eddie Floyd, T. Graham Brown, Gary Puckett, Con Hunley, William Bell, Kim Carnes, Larry Gatlin, Judy Rodman, Al Jardine(Beach Boys)Chris Young, Eric Heatherly, Delbert McClinton, Marty Stuart, Mel Tillis, Gail Davies, George Jones, Tanya Tucker, Justin Moore, Leona Williams, Sam the Sham, Felix Cavaliere, Oak Ridge Boys, Joy & Rory, Mark Farner (Grand Funk RR), Confederate RR, Ricky Skaggs, John Michael Montgomery, John Anderson, Eddy Raven, Doug Stone, Lynn Anderson, Joe Stampley, Jimmy Fortune(Statler Brothers), Charlie McCoy, Bill Gaither, Ronny Robbins, Montgomery Gentry, Tony Joe White, Beth Nielson Chapman, Johnny Lee, Billy Burnette, B.J. Thomas, Mac Davis, The Funk Brothers, The Wrights, Josh Turner, Andy Griggs, Trick Pony, Dailey and Vincent, George Jones, Jo Dee Messina, Jamey Johnson, Peter Gallager (OC), David Frizzell, Randy Owen, Paul Overstreet, Crystal Gayle, Dobie Grey, B.B. Cunningham, Jim Horn, Jimmy C. Newman, Dennis Linde, Jesse Winchester, Vern Gosdin, Duane Eddy, Percy Sledge, Albert Lee, Billy Yates, David Ball, Gene Watson, Jan Howard, Jimmy Hall, George Hamilton IV, Rob Schneider, Shelly West, Linda Davis, Brothers of the Southland, J.D. Myers, Holly Williams, Senator Lemar Alexander, Barbara Mandrell. WRITERS: Jason Matthews, Gary Nicols, Gary Nicolson, Wynn Varble, Roxy Dean, Craig Wiseman, Luke Laird, Dean Dillion, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Marv Green, Phillip White, Leslie Satcher, Tom Shiparo, Brett Jones, Brett James, Jessi Alexander, John Mabe, Tim Nichols, Ashley Monroe, Jarrod Niemann, Shawn Camp, Jeffrey Steel, Monty Holmes, Brice Long

Discography

  • 2010 ACM Drummer of the Year Nominee
  • Staff Drummer at Grand Ole Opry (May ’09 to present)
  • Flika motion picture (starring Tim Mcgraw)
  • Jo Dee Messina “Delicious Surprise” (Gold)
  • Kenny Chesney “Greatest Hits 2” (Gold and 3 week Number 1 single “Out Last Night”)
  • 2007, 2008, 2009 Musician’s Hall of Fame Induction shows
  • 2004 Merl Fest w/ Earl Scruggs

Drumhead Setup

Snare - Texture Coated with reverse Power Dot and coated Response 2
Toms - Texture Coated on top, Classic Clears on bottom
Bass Drum - Superkick I or Superkick II on the batter, Regulator on the resonant side

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