DocFell & Co.
DocFell & Co. is an indie band from Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Their music is an Americana blend of classic country, blues, rockabilly and bluegrass. The band was formed in 2011 and since then, they have released two albums and performed throughout the greater Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas region. Their most recent release "Dust Bowl Heart" has been met with critical acclaim.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Upon moving to Tahlequah in 2010 I had only haphazardly written a few songs. After performing one night at an open mic night I was asked to come back in a month and do two hours worth of material. I began writing every song I could think of and from that moment I continue to write 4-5 new songs a month. Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
One night a man came walking out of a crowd with no shirt and carrying a baby. He walked all the way up to the large speaker and stood there listening to our song. Afterwards he ran up to say he loved the song. I smiled and looked alarmingly at the baby. He said don't worry he is deaf but he loved the song too.
What has been the high point of your music path? Performing at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah. Woody always has been an idol of mine and the idea of performing at an event celebrating him stood out in my mind as a pinnacle of achievement.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I constantly try to keep my mind open to new songs ideas. My life is extremely busy and chaotic so I don't have time to sit with a guitar and just write. When I feel like I have the seeds of a new song, I will usually work on it while I am driving in my head. I find the rhythm of the road ignites my creative side. I also try to be flexible with songs in the beginning as the initial idea may not fit the song in the end or the chorus I thought was so good may actually be a verse to something better.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Being heard is the biggest challenge. Clearly we have access to the world through our computers but so does everyone else. Finding a way to rise up in the midst of a sea of noise and be seen is the key. I always say the best way to succeed is be persistent and don't suck. If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Willie Nelson is my favorite living performed. I have seen him play at least 20 times. I appreciate his dedication to writing and playing. To stand on the stage with him would be the dream of a lifetime.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Our band is spread out so we generally go not get many live rehearsals. We do record new songs on our phones and send them to each other but a lot of times we improvise on the fly.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it! Tail lights and dust was tough for me because it was so personal. A lot of people relate to the story of a bitter break up and having to move on down the road. Although it was specifically about me and my hometown, I find a lot of people relate very strongly to it when faced with similar circumstances.
What's coming up in the future? We just recorded our first official video for our song Dandelions. We are currently working on a new single called Dog and Pony Show. Finally we are done writing our third album and look to record it in the fall at Yellow Dog Studios in Wimberly, Texas.
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