Bryan/College Station is home to one of my favorite Texas music venues. It’s a little place called the Grand Stafford Theater, a space in historic downtown Bryan that was originally a movie theater. It has character and charm and is worth the 1.5 hour drive for a show, always.
Bryan/College Station is also home to some mighty good Texas bands – and one of those is The Docs. Originally called The Wicked River Band, Dalton, Jerod, Jeff and Ryan came together to form their band in the way that only the best bands do – it just kind of happened. Dalton, the band’s drummer, was at a local open mic night in College Station and dug what he heard when Jerod and Jeff, lead singer and guitarist respectively, performed that night. Dalton introduced himself, mentioned he knew a bass player he’d known since middle school (Ryan), and a few jam sessions later…The Wicked River Band was born, playing up some red dirt and southern rock tunes. Their sound eventually evolved into their awesome Texas rock band vibe you hear today, and a name change was in order.
The Docs had arrived.
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing these guys live a handful of times, and I am always amazed. They know how to have fun, draw in their audience and get everyone in the venue moving – even the lame guy in the back who will only tap his toe if he’s really into the song. They’re one of those bands that’s fun to see live – and they’re a bunch of super nice guys to boot.
Bonus for you: they have a brand new album, “Seasons”, out May 12. But if you’re lucky enough to live in Texas, keep reading to find out how to get your copy this week.
Get to know The Docs in today’s Local Loves Q&A:
Q: I’m a nerdy music fan and like knowing these kinds of things – where did the band name come from?
A: From the great Doc Holliday of course…or I guess Val Kilmer’s portrayal of Doc Holliday in Tombstone. Who wouldn’t want to name their group after a guy who always stood by his friends, backed up his talk with actions, was an educated man with a talent for gambling and gun slinging and died from tuberculosis?!
Q. You guys have shared the stage with some pretty big names in Texas music, like Bob Schneider and Jonathan Tyler. What’s the best show you’ve ever played and why?
A: We’ve actually had the privilege of sharing the stage with those guys a few times and its always been fun, but I think we’d have to say the best show we’ve played recently has been with Whiskey Myers at Hurricane Harry’s in College Station, TX. The place was packed with over 1,000 tickets sold that night, and there was definitely an energy with the crowd. There’s just nothing that compares to hearing a sea of people cheer and yell for one of your tunes, it’s quite a high.
Q. Tell me a little about the new album – what makes it different from your previous music?
A: The new album “Seasons” definitely contains more of a groove element to it, and song to song it has a broader range of styles than the previous record. The previous record had a heavier dose of that rock and roll sensibility with the majority of the tracks being more in your face from start to finish.
Q. What was the most challenging part of recording this new record?
A: We took a completely DIY approach to it. Everything from building the studio we recorded in, to tracking the music one song at a time, to mixing each song as its own project, was done entirely by the band (or in the case of mixing, by our extremely talented friend/musician Brandon Barnes) for the sole purpose of creating music that reflected exactly what we wanted, no exceptions.
Q. What was the most rewarding part?
A: The most rewarding part was being able to take something that was created completely from the ground up, placing it in your car’s CD player and turning the volume to MAX. It’s a special moment when your able to sit back and appreciate something that’s been two years in the making. It’s even more special when you catch yourself getting goosebumps from it.
Q. For a music fan who doesn’t know your music yet, what song(s) should he/she check out on this album?
A: Considering the question I guess it wouldn’t be fair to tell someone to simply listen to the whole thing! I’d have to say to anyone reading this, check out “River” and “Won’t You Say It Glows?”
You can check these guys out for yourself – and grab a copy of their new album, “Seasons”, at one of these upcoming shows:
Not in Texas?