Hailing from Westminster, Colorado, 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” poetry and music. His debut music CD is titled “Asphalt Cowboy”, and his second music CD titled “I’d Rather Be…” was released in 2008. Doc’s spoken-word poetry recordings include “Cowboy Pottery”, 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. Doc Mehl’s poems and musical lyrics have been featured on the website www.cowboypoetry.com, and his poems have been published in “Rattle” magazine. Doc was a first-place silver buckle winner at the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo in Montrose, Colorado in 2009.