“I am passionate about my music, it allows me to express myself and connect to others through a song”
Doc West always knew that music was in the future while growing up on a ranch in Flatonia, Texas and was influenced at an early age by singer-song writers like George Strait, Garth Brooks, Chris LeDoux, and Merle Haggard. It wouldn’t be until college that all the pieces started coming together.
Ever since Doc was a kid he was active in 4-H & FFA and knew he was destined to become a veterinarian. While attending Texas A&M University and living the college life Doc was going to concerts and watching live music. Little did he know the influences that all the Texas artists had on him would further drive his love for music leading him to sing, strum, and perform live. It was a live Randy Rogers Band concert in College Station, Texas that was just the encouragement he needed to purchase his first pawn shop guitar.
Doc West worked his music craft as a break from the intense curriculum put forth by obtaining his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and in the fall of 2006 he formed his first band. Shortly after graduating he began writing and recording his first EP Pieces, which was released in August 2013 and contains the charted radio single, “Heart of Stone”.
In November 2014 he released his first full length album titled Saddlin’ Up with the charting radio singles, “Dancehall Dream”, “Whole Lotta Bull”, and “If She Wanted To”; with the latter two having music videos . The music video for “If She Wanted To” won best music video at the 2016 American Advertising Awards.
Doc West is well integrated within the Texas Music Scene and has opened for various artists, including Blackhawk, John Anderson, Randy Rogers, Roger Creager, Josh Abbott, and Aaron Watson amongst others.
Doc West and his band can be seen throughout the state of Texas as they continue to build their fan base and write about real life experiences that all listeners can relate to. In addition to traditional venue gigs, Doc enjoys playing charity benefits for a variety of causes and feels that it is his way of giving back through a talent by which the Good Lord has blessed him.
“It was seeing the interaction between the artists and crowds that made me want to perform and have others feel the same emotions as I did, and through my own music.”