A wise person once said that sometimes it’s more fun to revisit places you’ve already been—than it is to travel somewhere new. Never has that kernel of wisdom been more true for those of us at The Ark of Music than it is when we’re listening to Tahlequah, Oklahoma’s, DocFell & Co.
Having already reviewed the, “…fluid skill and musicianship” of his 2017 album, Dust Bowl Heart, as well as their single, Peace Maker, off of their 2018 album, Heaven, Hell or Oklahoma, (a spirited and vibrant collection of new-meets-old country music), we’ve since taken an ear to that album’s 3rd track—and our favorite of the collection—Slim Says.
There’s something refreshing about music which is uncomplicated and relatable. Slim’s acoustic & steel guitar-centered melody creates an ultra-smooth, chilled-out ambiance over which Doc Fell can simply tell it like it is as a blue-collar indie-musician struggling to bring his brand of noise to as many people who will have him as possible…
“We just play in bars, we ain’t stars
Royalty or kings
We got nothin’ to lose, so we’ll sing them blues
And bend them guitar strings…”
Clearly fueled by the raw, creative spirit of the man himself, Dr. John Fell, and his fine crew of Kyle Brown (guitar, mandolin), John Barker (bass), Joe Sloan (percussion), and Lauren Lee (fiddle), continue to execute their craft in a substantive, accessible manner, creating country music with enough spirit to expand the genre’s fan-base.
Gary Allan meets Jimmy Buffett…
BELOW: Listen to DocFell & Co.’s new single, Slim Says, and connect with their website and social media platforms. Please support DocFell & Co. by visiting them online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, as always, thank you for supporting real music!