Listening to Doc Mehl is like having Lyle Lovett in one ear...
      and Tommy Smothers in the other!      
                                             -Jon Chandler

West of the 22

Highway 22 courses through the foothills of Southern Alberta. East of the 22 is mostly farm country.  But if you're West of the 22, it's ranchlands...and wanderlust. Come be part of the journey.  Available as download or physical CD, your choice!

Tried and True

It' a pandemic project, and I'm pleased as punch! Eight tunes from the Doc Mehl Library of "west-clectic" favorites, plus six brand new releases.You'll be smiling from beginning to end. Buy the CD today!

The Book is Here! GOOD MEDICINE!




I'm proud to announce that my first book of poetry is now available, Good Medicine: Read Two Poems and Call Me in the Morning.  It's 211 pages, 95 original western-themed poems, and the artwork of over 30 western artists and photographers. "Honest, touching, and inspiring, with a healthy dose of quirkiness," says Carol Heuchan.  Click on "THE STORE" and find out more.  I can't wait to send you a copy.  Good Medicine; it's good for what ails you!

Check out the latest song: The COVID-19 Blues

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Previous events

Doc Mehl

The Doris and Doc Show, Swalwell Community Hall; 214 Main Street; Swalwell, Alberta

I'm proud as a peacock to once again share the stage with cowboy poet extraordinaire Doris Daley and special guest cowboy troubadour Skip Gorman. Just a short hour drive northeast of Calgary, this will be a delightful afternoon. (Or stay home and watch football like every other Sunday in the decide.) Call Tamara Penner at 403-506-3952 and rustle up some tickets.

Rendezvous With a Writer

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Streaming on LA Talk Radio

Tune in at 7 pm MST for this fun radio interview on LA Talk Radio, or check out the live Facebook feed. Hosted by Tom Swearingen along with Bobbi and Jim Bell, Doris and I will be talking about writing. Cowboy poetry, western music, and some writing that's a horse of a different color. Tune in! Click on the "LA Talk Radio" link, you can watch the live video feed on Facebook:

The Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering

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Grandview Park, Grand Encampment, Wyoming

I love this show! Come to Grand Encampment and enjoy this outdoor stage extravaganza. It's a campfire jam session Friday night, all day entertainment on Saturday, a Saturday evening headliner show (I'm performing at 7 pm with bassist extraordinaire Washtub Jerry), another campfire jam under the stars, and a Sunday morning pancake breakfast followed by Cowboy Church. See you there!

Diamond Music Fest

Black Diamond Green Space, 299 6th Ave. SW, Black Diamond, Alberta

Come celebrate Canada Day under the summer Alberta skies! It's Diamond Music Fest, 9am-5pm on July 1. I'm proud to perform in my hometown celebration here in Black Diamond, prouder still to be performing as Black Diamond's newest Canadian citizen! It's a powerhouse line up, and it's free! Come sing, come dance, come eat, come celebrate. (I'm on stage at 1 pm, but stick around for a great afternoon full of music and merriment!)

I excited to announce the release of my two brand new CD's, and I'm coming to Colorado to celebrate. Many new songs, and special guests Ernie Martinez, Kit Simon, and Doris Daley! Join the fun at the Olde Town Pickin' Parlor in Arvance, March 29 at 7 pm. $15 at the door, be sure to call and reserve your seat: 303-421-2304.

Heber Valley Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Gathering

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Heber Valley, Utah

It about darned time after all the virtual entertainment. It's a live in-person concert, with a potpourri of western performers! This is always one of the best cowboy poetry events of the year. And we're saving a seat for you. I can't wait. Lots of poetry, lots of music, and a lot of good old fashioned fun.

"Spirit of the West"

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Ellensburg Cowboy Gathering, Ellensburg, Washington

It's my first chance to be a part of the "Spirit of the West" gathering in Ellensburg, Washington, and I'm excited.  Come join the festivities.  Three days of cowboy poetry and western music.  This is gonna get Western, folks!  

The Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering

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At the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th Street, Golden, CO

Even if it's not my home town anymore, it's still my "hometown" show!  I can't wait. The Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering was my first gathering ever, and it's still my favorite.  Come be a part of the celebration!  Evening shows Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, plus a Sunday matinee.  And daytime stages all day on Friday and Saturday.  Don't miss it, guaranteed to put some zip in your giddy-up!  

So You Wanna Write a Song

"Out Loud" Series, Sheep River Library, Turner Valley, Alberta

Have you always want to write a song?  Well, here's your chance to give it a try.  I'll be hosting a session about writing a song as part of the Sheep River Library "Out Loud" series.  What a great library!  Instead of "SHHHHH..." the Sheep River Library says, "Let's make a little noise; let's talk OUT LOUD."  Come for the full day, first it's me hosting"Wanna Write a Song" at 9:30 am, then Doris Daley hosting "Wanna Write a Poem" at noon, and finally Bill Bunn hosting "Wanna Write a Story" at 2:30.  

Free admission, but call to get a ticket (required)

17th Annual Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering

Encampment Grand View Park, Encampment, Wyoming

I am so happy to be returning to Encampment, Wyoming for the Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering.  I love this town!  I'll be on the Saturday afternoon stage in the park. With luck, maybe I'll even make it to the Friday evening open mic (6:30 pm) and the campfire jam session (9:00 pm) on the night before, Friday July 19.  This show is the best kept secret in Wyoming, but it's OK if you tell a lot of folks about it.  I would if I were you.  Info at:

Free afternoon show, ticketed evening show

An Evening of Hand-Crafted Tunes

Gravity Expresso and Wine Bar, 909 10th Street SE, Calgary, Alberta

It's Stampede Week!  Come celebrate a great old western tradition with a great new western-themed show.  It's singer-songwriter night at Gravity Cafe, hosted by Bob Chartier.  Along with Bob and myself, hear the western songwriting of Albertan Charlie Ewing and the great vocals of Charlie's daughter, songwriter Lonni Robley.  Cowboy hat optional.  Toe tapping not optional.  Check it out: 

No cover (donations accepted)

Canada Day Celebration

Bar U Historic Ranch National Historic Site, Township Rd 17B and Township Rd 17A, Longview, Alberta

Come in the morning for cowboy coffee, but plan to stay on into the afternoon to enjoy an all-day stage of western entertainment.  Western music, cowboy poetry, and the great outdoors...a great package in an iconic setting.  The historic Bar U Ranch is just a short drive south of Longview, Alberta.  It doesn't get any more western than this, friends.  I'll be on stage around 1 pm, but come early, there's so much to see!  Learn more at:  

Free admission