DocFell & co.
BORN: Pryor Creek
RESIDES: Tahlequah, Oklahoma
PLAYING SINCE: 2008 in public with a cover band
If you've got something to crow about crow go ahead and crow If there's a song in your heart let the trumpet blow
TULSA, Okla. – On any given Wednesday, in a Tahlequah back alley that smells of fryer steam and hash browns, one can walk up a janky flight of stairs and find themselves neck deep in padded walls built of fiberglass and sound boards. Doctor John Eddie, or DocFell to most, is no stranger to these walls.
Fell has spent months watching his own stories bounce between the corners of this building, evolving from words into melodies and from sound bites into millions of moments tossed into veteran producer Aaron Pack’s infamous audio cauldron, otherwise known as Monotone Studios. Tahlequah has adopted DocFell & Co. as some of its favorite sons and beloved artists over the years; their first album titled Scissor Tail rang between the walls and halls of nearly every pub and restaurant from North End Tahlequah to downtown Tulsa. It has been praised by all sides of the country, folk, red dirt, and even the gospel-funk corners of the Oklahoma music scene.
Now fell and friends have stepped back into Monotone Studios to record their sophomore album titled Dust Bowl Heart and they’ve brought back a slew of all-stars (and even a few wind instruments) to help bring this vision into the ears and throats of anyone looking to add some tunes to their collection. DocFell’s classic country and strict Baptist influences lay a vintage-esque framework to this new body of work. Each song has a story, and as each song unfolds the stories begin to coral together to build the spine of this journey: a tale of heart break, delinquency, empathy, and hope.
This is a composition delicately sown together by endowed musicians, veteran producers, guest vocals, and raw prose. The music reads like the perfect pairing of complimentary opposites – an instrumental equivalent to Robin Hood and Little John. It’s the musical monologue of a daydreaming farm boy holding his hymnal, while humming through Hank Williams’ greatest hits. When asked what else may have influenced the album, Fell talked about being captivated by books about the lives of legendary artists like Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, and Johnny Cash.
“I wanted to channel their spirits,” said Fell.
Dust Bowl Heart seems to have the earmarks of a composition touched by something magical, and Fell has unveiled a new voice of clashing musical genres and collaborative ventures. Dust Bowl Heart will be available online at your favorite digital retailers as well as www.docfell.com, and wherever finer music is sold.
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kyle and john
1: What artist would you most love to work with?
Willie Nelson are you kidding me. He is an exemplary model of the working musician. I have seen him at least 20 times and he never disappointed. Always singing and playing as if it were his last show.
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
Violin or Cello but defiantly a bowed instrument. There is something surreal about the sound that makes my heart flutter.
3: What was the worst advice?
Play to a click track. It feels too artificial. Find a drum beat that works and I'll record for days.
4: What was your first concert?
Night ranger with Ratt at the Brady Theater in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I sang sister Christian so loud I was horse for days.
5: What/where is the best road food?
Chocolate milk and salted cashews. As a health food junkie sometimes you have to make the best choices possible in a convenience store.
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
Trust yourself and your ear. Lean not on the words of discouragement. No one can write your story but you.
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
Frank Sinatra. I am sure he inspires many people but might be a little out of place with my style of music. The smoothness and perfect delivery of his vocal performances always left me in awe. I am confident that man never hit a wrong note and he always owned the songs he sang. I strive to have his confidence and charisma.