” Leading a fascinating dual existence as a general practitioner and the rockin’ leader of multi-faceted, hard charging Americana roots-rock band DocFell & Co., Dr. John Fell hears it all the time from fans in and around his home base of Eastern Oklahoma and beyond: you heal bodies by day and souls at night.
Nearly ten years, three albums and countless singles after forming the band in Tahlequah, Doc, his longtime lead guitarist and producer Kyle Brown and their high energy collective are still finding clever and engaging new ways to fuse elements of traditional country, hillbilly, bluegrass, Americana, red dirt, folk, gospel funk and grunge. The title of their latest album Revelations captures not only the rebellious spirit Doc shares on raw and raucous autobiographical tunes like “John the ex-Baptist,” but also his developing depth as a storyteller and insightful musical philosopher.
The title of the album is based on the idea that the songs are basically mini-sermons. All were penned by Doc, with major co-writing credits to Jordan Cox on the soulful rocker “Boxes,” the rollin’ and rollicking “Borrowed Time” and the soaring funk/rocker “Falling Stars” – a thoughtful tune that wonders if the collective “we,” no matter our individual aspirations, are just chasing the same unattainable dreams.
After heading down to Wimberley, TX (just south of Austin) to record their 2018 album Heaven, Hell or Oklahoma at Yellow Dog Studios, DocFell an Co. return to the friendly confines of the infamous audio cauldron known at Monotone Studios (where they’ve held court since their 2014 debut Scissor Tail) for the new album. Kyle was free to experiment a bit with grunge and he brought in guest steel guitarist Hank Early and fiddler player Kyle Nix. Other guests include Thomas Trapp on acoustic guitar and Cox on accordion and harmonica. The permanent lineup features drummer Brad Rice and bassist John Barker.