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UPDATE FROM DOC - March 23, 2016

Howdy to all: Still here, and still planning on finishing the album....one of these days. Life is good, and I'm enjoying myself. No performance dates in the works, but one never knows. In the meantime, I'm playing occasionally, mostly for friends or just myself.

Take care, and hope to see you soon........

...Doc

New Year, New Hopes - February 19, 2013

Howdy to all: This is Doc. I'm slowly becoming comfortable with playing guitar for longer periods of time, and now that we have a cabin in Lake Arrowhead, and I have a place to write and practice, I have high hopes of getting back into my music this year. I'll keep you posted on my progress, and hopefully, some upcoming performance dates and locations later this Spring.

Update on Doc - February 21, 2012

Doc is continuing to practice, practice, practice. His injured shoulder causes him considerable pain after 15 or 20 minutes of playing, but it is getting stronger.

Currently, there are no performances planned, or studio time scheduled.

However, don't be surprised to see him pop up at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Alta Dena, as part of SongNet, sometime soon to unveil some new songs.

Doc Continues to Write - November 11, 2010

The question keeps getting asked, "How's Doc?" Well, he's doing fine, thank you. He is as recovered from the accident as he's going to get, which about 90% of full range of motion in his shoulder, and sporadic back pain. Still, as he has said many times, "It beats the alternative."

He continues to write songs, and keeps working on the album. It's a slow process, as the project has now taken on a larger scope...with as many as 26 songs being considered.

We are adding the lyrics to one of his latest, "Patriots Song" to the site. It will be included on "What Makes A Man", but its placement is undetermined at this time.

Thanks for checking in, and come on back soon.

Merry Christmas to Everyone - December 21, 2009

Howdy to all: I am hoping to get back into the studio sometime in 2010 and finish the album. I'm starting to play my guitars again, and I'm even writing some new songs. Thanks for your prayers and notes.

Peace to all of you and your families.....Doc

Album Cover Wins A Blue Ribbon - July 17, 2009

The album cover for Doc's upcoming CD, "What Makes A Man", has been awarded a blue ribbon at the 2009 Orange County Fair. Congratulations to Ken Schoening for this wonderful award!

Doc is Recovering Nicely - July 1, 2009

Doc was seriously injured in an electical accident on April 19, 2009, and has been recovering over the past several weeks. He is well enough now to start playing his guitars again, and hopes to be back in the studio soon. He thanks everyone for your kind words of encouragement and prayers. Stay tuned for more updates.....

ALBUM COVER CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED!! - April 7, 2009

Congratulations to the Album Cover Contest winners. Dan L., Wayne Jameson, George Williams, Bill Thomas, and Linda Hyatt correctly guessed that the concept of Doc's album cover is inspired by the final scene in the John Wayne movie, The Searchers, directed by John Ford. All five will receive a signed copy of "What Makes A Man" from Doc later this year.

As the Sons of the Pioneers begin the theme song to The Searchers (which inpsired the title of Doc's album), Duke stands on the porch, his long journey over, and crosses his left hand over to his right elbow. Most folks have interpreted this gesture as one of respect for Harry Carey Sr., an American actor and one of silent films' earliest stars.

Harry Carey Sr. and John Wayne acted in several films together, and Harry Carey's wife and son were featured in The Searchers. Duke stated that Harry Carey Sr. was "the greatest Western actor of all time."

At the end of Doc's song, "This Old Country Waltz" one can hear his tribute to the Sons of the Pioneers, as Brenna Thomas's beautiful background harmonies close the song, just as the Sons of the Pioneers close The Searchers.

Ken Schoening constructed a full set for the shot of Doc in the famous pose, and took the photo with a blue screen background. Through his wonderful talents, Ken then introduced Ron Niebrugge's photograph of the L.A. skyline to replace Monument Valley in John Ford's final shot in the The Searchers.

There is even more depth in the meaning of this album cover, but Doc encourages everyone to just enjoy it, and thanks all of you for your compliments.

New Songs Featured - March 29, 2009

New versions of "L.A. Sky", "Stella", "What Makes A Man", and "Rusted Car", with harmonies by Doc and Tom Bishel have been added.

The Album Cover Revealed!!! - March 24, 2009

The cover of the album has now been placed on both the Splash Page of the site and in the Photos section. This image has a very special meaning to Doc, so the first five fans who can explain its meaning (send your explanation through email to Doc) will receive a signed copy of the album when it is released later this year. Please know that there is a very precise explanation behind the meaning, so you'll either know it or you won't. The concept for the cover was designed by Doc, and the image was created by Ken Schoening.

Sample of Rusted Car Now Featured - March 12, 2009

Doc's beautiful culmination of the story, Rusted Car, is now featured as a sample. This unmixed sample includes Doc's lead vocal and acoustic guitar. When finished, Rusted Car will be a band song with back-up harmonies.

Samples of New Songs Now Featured - February 20, 2009

Today we feature samples of "Forever Ain't What It Used To Be" and the album's title track "What Makes A Man." Both are currently being recorded for release later this year. Enjoy!

"All Are Welcome" and "My Blonde California Rose" Featured Today - February 17, 2009

An updated version of the opening track, "All Are Welcome" has been uploaded today. Also, the guitar track of Doc's "My Blonde California Rose" has been uploaded.

Updated Version of "Stella" - February 10, 2009

Doc's "wooden version" of Stella is now featured in its entirety. The "album version" is currently being recorded for release later this year.

Updated Version of L.A. Sky - February 7, 2009

Today we feature an updated version of L.A. Sky. Strings, pedal steel guitar, and harmonies will be added soon.

Doc Is On Youtube!! - February 3, 2009

A live performance of Doc's brand new songs "Don't Cry For The Horses" and "Forvever Ain't What It Used To Be" was recently video-taped. You can see these videos by going to Youtube and typing in the title of the songs.

Basic Tracks Recorded for "Forever Ain't What It Used To Be" - January 29, 2009

Doc was in the studio on January 28 to record the basic rhythm tracks for "Forever Ain't What It Used To Be." This song will prominently feature Doc's 12 string guitar and 4-part vocal harmonies. An audio sample will be available soon.

New Play List for "What Makes A Man." - January 19, 2009

Doc has changed the play list for his upcoming concept album, "What Makes A Man." "Forever Ain't What It Used To Be" has been added, and "Drifter and the Angel" has been removed. A live version of "Drifter and the Angel" is included on his EP, "Country Sampler." A full studio version will be included on his second album.

"Country Sampler" Sold Out!! - January 8, 2009

"Country Sampler" is now sold out. Thanks to all who purchased this special EP. A second pressing is being considered for sale at upcoming performances.

New Songs Featured - January 2, 2009

After much consideration, Doc has decided to add two songs to his concept album, "What Makes A Man." The lyrics to "Forever Ain't What It Used To Be" are now featured in the Music section. Doc says that "My Blonde California Rose" is a "Beach Boy-like vocal with no words."

Lyrics to "Don't Cry For The Horses" Added - December 30, 2008

Doc has just completed writing a new song, "Don't Cry For The Horses." The lyrics are now featured in the Music section of the website.

This song is not planned for "What Makes A Man" but will be recorded and featured soon. It will most likely be on his second album, tentatively titled "American Highway."

"Country Sampler" Soon to be Sold Out! - December 15, 2008

There are only about 25 copies remaining of "Country Sampler." Thanks to everyone for your support and appreciation of these California Country tunes.
A second run is being considered for sale at upcoming live shows in 2009.

"Country Sampler" Now Released - November 29, 2008

On November 29, 2008, Doc Waltz's EP, "Country Sampler" was released for sale. This seven song album features some of Doc's best "California Country" songs, all of which will be featured on his 2009 concept album, "What Makes Man." Samples of these songs are now featured in the Music section of the website.

"Everyday Girl" and "Willoughby" Released - November 21, 2008

"Everyday Girl" and "Willoughby" are now released and being featured in their entirety. We hope you enjoy both.

Country Sampler CD Ready for Christmas Release! - November 5, 2008

Doc is releasing an EP of his Country songs in time for Christmas. Titled "Country Sampler", this EP will contain This Old Country Waltz, Kick Up Some Dust, Pax Dei, Homewood Days, Willoughby, Everyday Girl, and a special recording of Drifter and the Angel.
You can order through the website by leaving your name and mailing address to either Doc at docwaltz@docwaltz.com
or,
Michele at michele@docwaltz.com.
"Country Sampler" is available for $5.00 per copy (PLUS $1.00 for mailing), and each copy will contain a $5.00 coupon toward the purchase of Doc's first album, "What Makes A Man", scheduled for release in 2009. Personal checks can be mailed to Doc at:
628 E. Dundee Ct.
Brea, CA. 92821
"Country Sampler" should be available by the end of November.
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