"Listening to Doc Mehl is like having Lyle Lovett in one ear, and Tommy Smothers in the other!" Doc's uber-original music is "west-clectic!"
Transplanted from Colorado to Black Diamond, Alberta, singer/songwriter Al “Doc” Mehl traces his family roots to central Kansas, where his grandfather raised six children on the family homestead. With one foot in the past and one in the present, Doc weaves the history and the mystery of the West into his original “west-clectic” music and his spoken-word cowboy poetry presentations. His CD recordings of original music include “Asphalt Cowboy” (2005), “I’d Rather Be…” (2008), and “Doc & Tub, Live” (2014), a live recording featuring the duo of Doc Mehl and his sidekick Washtub Jerry accompanied by the 70-voice Littleton (Colorado) Chorale. Doc’s spoken-word poetry recordings include “Cowboy Pottery” (2005) and “The Great Divide” (named “Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year” in 2013 by both the Western Music Association and the Academy of Western Artists). In 2021 Doc published "Good Medicine," his first collection of original cowboy poetry, and in 2022 Doc released two new full-length CDs of original music, "Tried and True" and "West of the 22." Doc Mehl’s poems and musical lyrics have been featured on the website cowboypoetry.com, and his poems have been published in “Rattle” magazine. Songwriter Jon Chandler comments, “Listening to Doc is like having Lyle Lovett in one ear and Tommy Smothers in the other!” And in the words of Rick Huff, as published in The Western Way magazine, “There’s a unique mind at work here that may be one of a kind in the Western Music arena."
Art type: Live Music
What this Artist plays most of the time
Home base: Black Diamond, Albera
Appeals most (but not limited) to: For listeners ranging from school age up to senior care facility, the family-friendly themes of Doc's original songs are universal.