Recent Beaton News & Status Updates

End of Summer

Dear Friends,

It’s been quite some time since my last general newsletter, so I will bring you up to date on what is going on with me and my extended family.

This past July 2nd marked the 8th anniversary of my freak accident that left me paralyzed from the neck down. I was sitting on my patio and asked my step-son to get me a glass of water. While John was away, being by myself, the doctors surmised that I tried to stand up, but slumped back into the chair which then tipped over and caused me to hit my left shoulder on the patio with such force that it left me paralyzed. My heart rate had slowed down and when John came back, he gave me CPR and revived me.  Soon the medics arrived.  I’m so grateful to John for saving my life. If you ever have the chance, take CPR training. You never know when you’ll need it.


Alex & Maggie

We have been enjoying spending time with our granddaughter, Maggie; we can’t get enough of her! There are lots of toys around the house for her to have fun with and be educated by. Maggie is almost walking and full of wonderful expressions. We just love her so much. Check out the slideshow below.

I am selling my working guitar which many of you may remember as the one I’ve used on stage since 1988.  It is a 1988 Santa Cruz Tony Rice model. The top is German Spruce and the body is Brazilian Rosewood. The neck is Brazilian Rosewood with an ebony wood for the fret board. The Brazilian Rosewood has not been allowed to be imported since 1992. Today, all Rosewood guitars are made in India. I purchased my guitar in August of 1988 from a small music store in Carmel, California, two months after the guitar was made and paid $3,300.00 for it. If I had kept my Santa Cruz at home and used one of my two Martin guitars, the Santa Cruz would be worth well over $20,000.00 today, but as a working guitar, it suffered wear and tear.  I’m asking $7500.00 for it. You can view it at if you are interested.

Linda’s daughter-in-law, Stephanie, is losing the ability to swallow and may have to have a feeding tube inserted into her stomach. As you know, I’ve had a feeding tube for over a year now. Her walking is regressing and she now uses a wheelchair most of the time. Home Depot donated and built a ramp at the back of her house which enables her to get in and out of the house with ease.

Courtesy-of-the-Fabulous-FoxI know in one of the last newsletters I said I was going to try to go to some of the local sights in St. Louis. One of those sights is the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Linda and I were able to see The Tedeschi Trucks Band. We received the tickets as a gift from her son, John. The Fox Theatre is a sight to behold, a vision of beauty and opulence. We also attended a Felix Mendelssohn classical concert, another gift from John and Stephanie, at The Powell Symphony Hall which featured his composition, The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave)-Overture. This was performed in the second half of the program.  The first half featured more beautiful compositions by other composers.  There was also a solo by this amazing pianist who received a standing ovation for his performance. The entire concert was performed by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. These two concerts will live long in my memory.

As you know, my CD’s are sold at numerous Highland Games throughout the year. Diana Phelps does an amazing job for me and I can’t thank her enough. I love her very much. Don’t forget to visit my store,, and you will find all of my recordings. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t put in a shameless plug to sell my CD’s. I love my perspective buyers!!!

Thanks for all of your love and support which brightens my days.

Love, Alex


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There are 13 comments .

Susan Wallace —

I play your music every day! It brings me such joy!!! I have bought all your CD’s three times now, and the DVD with the three trips to Scotland at least six times. Now I’m downloading your albums to my phone to play in the car too. Thank goodness for Alex Beaton who has given us sooo much! Take care, Alex!

Robin Smith —

Alex, I used to love watching your performances at the Lyon College Scottish Festival every year before I actually moved to Scotland myself in 2008. I often listen to your music as find reminders and speak of you, your live of music, storytelling, and the way you make the ladies swoon. I just found out about your injury and I’m so sorry. I’m also glad your family have rallied round and you look happy. I will forever treasure the memories of taking my family to the Scottish Festival in Batesville, Arkansas and you are a huge part of that. Thank you ????❤️

Nancy Goldsmith Thompson —

Hi Alex,
I still remember all of the good times listening to you sing and even working at your booth with my daughters one year at the Pleasanton Highland games when I lived in the Bay Area and the Estes Park games here in Colorado.
Sending you prayers for strength and health and happiness.
My very best to you and yours,
Nancy Goldsmith Thompson

Betty Paschall —

So wonderful to talk to you today (01-02-2020)!!
I enjoyed the pictures of Maggie. She is so precious and growing up very fast! I am asking God to continue to walk beside you throughout the New Year, to keep your spirits up, and to bless you in ways you have not yet imagined! You have enriched countless lives and Baba and we will love you forever!

Liane —

Love, Good thoughts and prayer for you… Prayers up and blessing down… Love
Lee and Pat Gardner.

Annewtte Cheney —

Last time…”Capcha” and I are obviously at odds…this is my 3rd attempt. Prayers daily for your healing, but your newsletter shows you have one great attitude. I have 5 of your recordings bought at Ventura Fair a few years ago, My kids set me up with Spotify and now I am hearing more I would like to purchase, especially “Kidding Around”.

Jackie Winter —

Alex, I used to watch you perform at the Peppermill in Pasadena in the mid- to late-70′s. We would often talk during our breaks and even went for coffee a couple of times after your performance since we both lived in Studio City. I still consider some of the songs you would sing back then to be among my favorites (Yankee Lady, Fall Inside Your Eyes).

I’m so sorry your accident has changed your life so dramatically. Your family sounds amazing and I wish for you all of God’s blessings and kindness.

Jackie Winter (I was Marley back then)

Suzzi —

As I sit and listen to your beautiful music I decided to google you and found the terrible news! My Scottish husband and I used to come to the Scottish festivals in Northville Michigan! Love love love your music! I have all your albums and enjoy each and every song!!! ❤️ I hope your knowing we love your music will put a smile on your face! Take care dear friend!

Lynn makay —

Hi Alex. Remember we girls from Michigan. I have your music on in my office every day. We followed you all over the country after first hearing and meeting you in Savannah. We miss you and wish you well. Also……we love you and especially the Scottish Soldiers song

Pat Geesin —

We miss you. I saw you perform many times ast Stone Mtn GA games and even traveled to Montgomery AL for a performance. Glad that you are finding joy in your life. Bless you!

Aicklen Daniel —

Just was wondering how you are doing Alex ,I was reminiscing of the times at in Costa Mesa/ OC Fairgrounds and especially closing ceremonies in Alex Beaton Stadium, glorious! I pray we meet someday, this life or the real life awaiting us someday! Til then, continue to show us all how to live, God bless you and your wonderful families. DRA

Tina Hill (Sir Lloydee’s Ex) —

I was telling a friend about you tonight and so found you on the Internet. I sent her my fav song you used to sing at the Bob Burns pub in Woodland Hills, CA (the one about winning first prize).
Lloyd lives in Weatherford, OK. You and he are almost neighbors!!! His email is: if you want to contact him. I’m sure he’d love to hear from you!

Linda —

Thinking of you & praying ???? you have a great week.
Think of you often. ❤ your music!
Memories from Estes Park, CO.
Linda, a fan????‍♀️

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