Review: DocFell&Co's Heaven, Hell or Oklahoma
Country Music at Its Best
As a classic country fan, I get excited anytime I hear some country music that doesn’t sound like the stuff that plays on the radio these days. I am tired of genre mashups in all types of music. Be country, be rock, be pop, but skip the rap/country and the pop/country.
With that in mind, to me, country music can be more than just music that sounds like Cash or Twitty. Country music has its subcategories, like bluegrass and Americana. Even folk music is country music at heart. Prove me wrong.
Anyway, DocFell&Co are a country band with a sound that fits into nearly every country music subcategory there is, and they sound good doing it.
The guys that make up this talented band of country greats are:
- Dr. John Fell
- Kyle Brown
- Joe Sloan
- Adam Miller
- Nick Petrie
Dr. John Fell, according to the band’s website, is “a general practitioner by day and manically expressive singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist by night.” You’ll feel and hear his passion for the music he plays in each song you listen to (and I suggest listening to all of the songs available to you on Heaven, Hell or Oklahoma. This newest album from the group contains eleven delectable country tunes that border on traditional country, bluegrass, Americana, folk and even a more modern country music groove (from time to time).
You can hear the band's musical influences in each their songs. From the opening track, “Peacemaker," that has a feel almost like The Highwaymen to the classic sound of “Tough” that will have you thinking of popular 90s country stars like Clint Black, and even older country folks like Kenny Rogers. There’s a little something for every single country fan on this album. According to the website, some of the band’s influences include Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash, and Hank Williams Sr.
In that Highwaymen-esque opener, you can hear the influences of Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson. “Peace Maker” gave me chills, just like I get every time I listen to “Highwayman.” It’s an epic country song that easily evokes images of the vintage country & western life, like watching a classic western movie.
"End of the Line" has kind of a 90s country feel to it. This influence is still much better than today’s country (in my opinion). This song all about being on the road, so it is a traditional country song. “Slim Says” has a sound that would appeal to fans of Brooks and Dunn. It’s a working man’s song if that working man is a musician.
“A Different Drum” has a different sound, making the name pretty fitting. It’s kind of like Garth Brook’s “Ain’t Goin Down (‘Til The Sun Comes Up) meets Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start The Fire.” It’s a clever and interesting song, but my least favorite on the album.
"In Your Eyes" is a nice slow paced song with a romantic feel to it. It made me think of George Strait’s music. The guitar stands out the most in this song. It’s beautiful. “Mean Marie” is another song with some stand out instrumental work on it. However, this song speeds the album back up again.
“Three Chords” is a storytelling song that all country generations will enjoy, though it has that vintage sound. “Molly Fields Cemetery” is a haunting song that falls in place as one of my favorites on the album. “Beulah Land” continues the awesome sound of the tracks on this album. The music ends with “Home On The Hill,” which has a nice downhome sound to it.
If you like country, you’ll love this album. It’s as simple as that.
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