The Rascal Theory

About the Artist

From: Madison, Wisconsin United States

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The enigmatic and mysterious Roscoe “Doc” Foster emerged from a band of traveling gypsies in 2009 and formed a multicultured musical army we now come to call The Rascal Theory. A prolific songsmith on one hand, and a dynamic showman on the other, Roscoe is the architect of the “groovalicioussoulsound” that lies at the hub of Rascal nation. From 2010’s New Frequency release to 2015’s Wings EP, Roscoe has continued to create music that crosses genres and generations alike. He cites a diverse set of musicians that influence him, from Muddy Waters and Prince to The Rolling Stones and Incubus.


Linwood “Woody” Riley has been recognized as one of Chicago’s most reliable “Pocket” Drummers, since he first sat behind the church set at Rising Star M.B. Church in 1991. Co-founder of The Rascal Theory (trt) since 1988, Woody officially “joined” trt Live in 2013 when he moved to Baraboo, WI. Since then until 2015, Woody has also sat in for performances with various genre artist like Beretta, Dover Court, Fur Coats for Sportsman, Old Black Joe, and others. Most of Woody’s accomplishments are behind the scenes; producing, mixing, and arranging the music of trt.


Dan “Spiffy” Neuman has been playing organ since middle school, and guitar since kindergarten.  He finally found his niche as a session musician with r&b and gospel groups, and has been traveling the US as such since 2005.  Dan, or “Spiffy” as he is often known, has appeared on albums with artists ranging from Ricky Dillard to Paris Bennett, shared the stage with Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond to Keyshia Cole and Bootsy Collins, and appeared on national television with Byron Cage, Brent Jones, and many others.  He is a member of national gospel recording artist Brent Jones & the TP Mobb.  Dan continues to travel the country both as a group member and session musician.  He is a staff musician at the Gospel Music Workshop of America, which hosts all major gospel and Christian artists and provides a platform to up and coming artists and musicians.  Dan also serves as organist at Capital City Church of God in Christ in his hometown of Madison, WI, and contributes to several local funk, r&b, and hip hop groups.  Dan is grateful to use his gifts to play, teach, and minister through music.


Kevin has played with Johnny Neel, Marques Bovre, John Frazier, Bedhed and Blondy, Kevin Ball and the Busters, Billy and Amanda Contreras, Hamilton Hardin, Ryan Cavanaugh, and has shared the stage with Victor Wooten, Sam Bush, Chuck Rainey, Steve Bailey, and Bela Fleck, among others. Kevin attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a major in music composition. He received the UW choral composition and concerto competition prizes.  In the fall of 2009, Kevin moved to Nashville, TN where he lived as a freelance musician until moving back to Madison in ’12.


Todd has been playing music since the age of 7 when he took up guitar, then bass at 15, then finally finding his true musical passion in the Hammond organ at 18. Now 44, he has been playing with The Blue Olives since 2008 as well as playing with Mad City Funk and other artists. He also does session work and plays occasional Sundays at Blackhawk Church in Madison. He enjoys collecting and working on vintage Hammond organs and vintage stereo equipment, and is an avid photographer as well. He works in IT by day and lives in Mount Horeb with his wife (a veterinary technician) and a menagerie of dogs and other animals.